Review: Book: The Gossamer Mage- Julie E. Czernede


Title: The Gossamer Mage

Series: Standalone

Author’s Name: Julie E. Czernede

Publisher: DAW

Genre: Fantasy

Page Count: 411 Pages

ISBN: 9780756408909

Author or Book Website:

Link to Amazon purchase page: The Gossamer Mage

Link to Goodreads: The Gossamer Mage

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

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.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. When I see the name Julie Czerneda I think sci-fi, but that is not the case with Gossamer Mage. It is a well told story of very interest and unique magic system that takes the lives of the mages that practice it. They are followers of the Deathless Goddess. Magic can’t be used to heal directly but it can be used to make a plant that can be turned into a healing potion. The description is wonderful and worldbuilding is beyond amazing. I want to read more of her works.

My Rating of the Book: 4 Stars

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