In the book, the heroine was living in a convent, but then some gods became greedy for power and fought the war which caused Jade to be unleashed on the Earth. So she had to travel with companions to restore balance and take back power from the gods. On her way, she met a boy who can shapeshift but cannot talk because his tongue was missing.

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    "Jade to be unleashed" - Who is Jade? – Valorum Jul 25 '19 at 8:13

Possibly "The Jade Demons Quartet" by Robert E. Vardeman (comprising Quaking Lands, Frozen Waves, Crystal Clouds and White Fire). From an entry on Scribd.com:

Kesira Minette's world has shattered amid a terrible rain of jade. The magical jade has killed the patron demon of her order and turned ordinary humans into strange werecreatures. Worse, the demons who were not killed have become...insane. She leaves the safety of her cloistered existence, accompanied by a sentient green bird and a tongueless shapeshifter, Molimo.

Book cover: "The Jade Demons Quartet"

(Image from above website).

  • Well spotted. How did you find it? – FuzzyBoots Jul 25 '19 at 13:25
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    Googled "story shapeshift Jade convent missing tongue". This question was the top result, the above link was about 6th. – TripeHound Jul 25 '19 at 13:26
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    Is that what nuns look like now? – DJClayworth Jul 25 '19 at 16:22
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    Only the ones with patron demons – Francine DeGrood Taylor Jul 25 '19 at 18:06
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    .... with the magic let-me-find-that-for-you button. – Mazura Jul 25 '19 at 20:22

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