October 06, 2019

#BookReview: The Gossamer Mage by Julie E. Czerneda


Synopsis: From an Aurora Award-winning author comes a new fantasy epic in which one mage must stand against a Deathless Goddess who controls all magic.

Only 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.


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About the Author: For over twenty years, Canadian author/ former biologist JulieE. Czerneda has shared her curiosity about living things through her sciencefiction, published by DAW Books, NY. Julie's written fantasy too, the firstinstallments of her Night's Edge series (DAW) A Turn of Light and A Play ofShadow, winning consecutive Aurora Awards (Canada's Hugo) for Best EnglishNovel. Having completed her Clan Chronicles series with To Guard Against the Dark, Julie's latest SF novel is Search Image, Book #1 of her new SFseries, The Web Shifter's Library, bringing back her beloved character Esen theDear Little Blob. Julie's edited/co-edited numerous  award-winning anthologies of SF/F, including SFWA's2017 Nebula Award Showcase, butnothing prepared her for the sheer joy of opening her Clan Chronicles to fansof the series to produce Tales fromPlexis, out December 2018. What'scoming next? Her new fantasy standalone, TheGossamer Mage, out August 2019, and so much more. Visit czerneda.com.

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟
My Review: This is one of those books that you are going to have to take your time with to read. The writing in this one is very hard to get through and at times it is both very descriptive but also very lacking in detail. I know that must sound very weird.  But I felt like this title went on and on about things that didn't move the plot or story along and was just descriptive with nothing else backing it.  The characters were great and the story at large was wonderful.  But really I wished someone would have fixed the issues with what I would generally call rambling.  I wanted to love this one with this beautiful cover but sadly it just wasn't for me.  This is a take it or leave it book for this reviewer. 



Praise for The Gossamer Mage

"Every so often, a book comes along that is pure magic. The Gossamer Mage is such a book. Julie Czerneda's spellbinding take on magic-with-a-price is enthralling and exhilarating—a joy to read! I absolutely loved it!" —Sarah Beth Durst, award-winning author of The Queens of Renthia series

"The Gossamer Mage enthralls with its original, brilliant take on magic and its vivid characters. I did not want this book to end!" —Beth Cato, author of Breath of Earth

"This book is magic. Beautifully written. Gripping. A rich, real world—and we’re right at the heart of things as it changes. And we learn the true price of magic. Magnificent. Oh, but this book is good! Grab it, take it home, and lose yourself in it!" —Ed Greenwood, award-winning creator of The Forgotten Realms

"Czerneda is a fresh voice in fantasy—The Gossamer Mage is full of life and quirky, complex characters doing things that feel important... both because they're described with deft skill, and because you care about the characters as people." —S.M. Stirling, New York Times-bestselling author of the Change series and Theater of Spies

"The Gossamer Mage is like eating chocolate—smooth, addictive, and fabulous. And deliciously dark." —Kristen Britain, New York Times-bestselling author of the Green Rider series

"Julie Czerneda is a true master. She has created a world rich and deeply textured, where magic and death are children of the same mother. Her characters jump off the page and walk beside you on your journey through Tananen. This story will stick with you long after you have devoured the last word." —Gerald Brandt, author of The Courier

"I wept at Czerneda's breathtaking revelation of magic's true purpose." —Lawrence M. Schoen, author of Barsk: The Elephants' Graveyard

The Gossamer Mage is a delightfully challenging book with luxuriously stark worldbuilding that never once condescends to or spoon-feeds the reader. The tale and the complex characters that inhabit it are enthralling, with no easy answers about the complicated morality and literal cost of magic. Don’t blink, don’t skip, and don’t skim. Every single word of this enrapturing work is vital—and like The Lady's magic—filled with deliberate intent.” —J.M. Frey, author of The Accidental Turn series










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