Can’t-Wait Wednesday: The Gossamer Mage by Julie E. Czerneda

Can’t-Wait Wednesday, aka Waiting on Wednesday, is a weekly meme originating from Jill at Breaking the Spine and now hosted by Wishful Endings. If you’re interested in participating, stop by Wishful Endings to link up your posts.

tgm-coverOnly in Tananen do people worship a single deity: the Deathless Goddess. Only in this small, forbidden realm are there those haunted by words of no language known to woman or man. The words are Her Gift, and they summon magic.

Mage scribes learn to write Her words as intentions: spells to make beasts or plants, designed to any purpose. If an intention is flawed, what the mage creates is a gossamer: a magical creature as wild and free as it is costly for the mage.

For Her Gift comes at a steep price. Each successful intention ages a mage until they dare no more. But her magic demands to be used; the Deathless Goddess will take her fee, and mages will die.

To end this terrible toll, the greatest mage in Tananen vows to find and destroy Her. He has yet to learn She is all that protects Tananen from what waits outside. And all that keeps magic alive.

Somehow I hadn’t really heard of this book until recently, but wow, it looks like just my type of thing. Also, I’ve been wanting to read a book by Juilie E. Czerneda for a while now, so hopefully this will be the first of many! The Gossamer Mage comes is expected Aug 6th, 2019 from DAW.

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10 thoughts on “Can’t-Wait Wednesday: The Gossamer Mage by Julie E. Czerneda

    • waytoofantasy says:

      Same! I bought a couple of her scifi books after she did an AMA on r/Fantasy and really loved her interaction with the community, but haven’t had a chance to read them yet.

  1. imyril says:

    Well this sounds intriguing. Jorie is a big Czerneda fan and I’ve been meaning to pick one of her books up – this sounds like a great place to start!

    • waytoofantasy says:

      I thought the same. I actually can’t believe I haven’t read anything by her yet. She did an AMA on our subreddit last year and was amazing so I really want to read some of her books.

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