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

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, originally hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. Since Jill is no longer hosting it, I'm joining Can’t Wait Wednesday movement over at Wishful Endings.

The Gossamer Mage by Julie E. Czerneda
Expected publication: August 6th 2019 by DAW

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.

I was excited about this when it was just a title, so having a cover and a cover blurb is just an added bonus. Seriously, though, "one mage must stand against a Deathless Goddess who controls all magic" is a killer tagline. Deadlines be damned, this is the ARC I'll be cracking the spine on next!


  1. Sounds like an interesting system of magic. I find myself rooting for that mage already. Hope you enjoy it! My WoW

  2. I like the cover! Sounds like a good one, hope you enjoy.

  3. I featured this on my maybe list, but day by day I'm leaning more towards trying it.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum


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