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Ds are Her Gift and they summon magicMage 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 mageFor Her Gift comes at a steep price Each successful rating 35When I saw the synopsis of this book I was IMMEDIATELY drawn in I mean magic through writing in a secret language Magic that has a cost that is literally your life force Rebelling against the system to kill a goddess I mean this is basically the best premise what could you ask forAfter finishing the book it s funny that even though this book is exactly about what the premise promises it s still nothing like what I expected I think I expected of an actionadventure story whereas this books is of a character and world exploration and is on a much smaller scale than I thought though it still does deal with the fate of the worldOne thing I loved from the very beginning was the concept of magic in this universe The mages are called mage scribes and use a forbidden language to write out magic Just as important as the language even important perhaps is the intent of the mage when he performs this magic If the intent is not pure a gossamer is formed Gossamers are magical beings that are not harmful to humans but playful and sometimes tricky They have a life of their own It was very interesting to have a system built so heavily on the intentwill of the person performing the magic rather than having it be some system based on just learning spells or potions or etc It brings in such a human element to the magic and by that I mean it naturally brings in the possibility for warped magical creations mistakes and conseuences It makes the magic feel real to meThe world and story Czerneda created are beautiful and mythical This feeling of reading a myth of legend is helped by the interludes between sections of the book that seem to give a hint at the history of the land I almost wish those hadn t been so vague because though they added to the atmosphere I felt they didn t add much to the actual storyI very much enjoyed the cast of characters because we got to see so many different paths of life within this world My two favorites are Maleonariel and Kaitealyn Maleonariel is a mage scribe who is turned young again and is intent on destroying the Deathless Goddess so all can live free without having to pay the terrible price for magic their own lives Kaitealyon Kait is in service to the goddess as a hold daughter who can hear the voice of the goddess and help carry out her will It was super interesting to see how they are both given Her Gift magic in some form but practice it and serve the goddess in two very different ways Other characters include Kait s son a boy with a strong gift another mage student a lady in charge of a major holding in the realm trying to figure out what evil is happening and many I think it s important to note that I did actually have a very very hard time getting in to this book at the beginning The writing style was not what I m used to at all There were a lot of sentence fragments that for me threw off the flow of the story There is also this interesting contradiction in the style where there is a lot of detail in describing the minutiae of each scene but at the same time the overall picture of the story is very vague In addition we are following a cast of characters and though the stories of each of them come together in the end in the beginning we are following them individually This wouldn t be a problem except for we only get a small glimpse of each point of view before it switches to the next person These things all made it hard for me to figure out what what happening However as I kept reading things became clear as the storylines merged and I got used to the writing styleI think this book will be pretty hit or miss based on the issues with the beginning Some like me will keep going and end up loving it and others will not get on with the style in the beginning and not enjoy it To each their ownThank you SO MUCH to DAW Books for sending me an ARC to review I am so grateful Empire State Building: The Making of a Landmark kill a goddess I mean this is basically the best premise what could you ask forAfter finishing the book it s funny that even though this book is exactly about what the premise promises it s still nothing like what I expected I think I expected of an actionadventure story whereas this books is of a character and world exploration and is on a much smaller scale than I thought though it still does deal with the fate of the worldOne thing I loved from the very beginning was the concept of magic in this universe The mages are called mage scribes and use a forbidden language to write out magic Just as important as the language even important perhaps is the intent of the mage when he performs this magic If the intent is not pure a gossamer is formed Gossamers are magical beings that are not harmful to humans but playful and sometimes tricky They have a life of their own It was very interesting to have a system built so heavily on the intentwill of the person performing the magic rather than having it be some system based on just learning spells or potions or etc It brings in such a human element to the magic and by that I mean it naturally brings in the possibility for warped magical creations mistakes and conseuences It makes the magic feel real to meThe world and story Czerneda created are beautiful and mythical This feeling of reading a myth of legend is helped by the interludes between sections of the book that seem to give a hint at the history of the land I almost wish those hadn t been so vague because though they added to the atmosphere I felt they didn t add much to the actual storyI very much enjoyed the cast of characters because we got to see so many different paths of life within this world My two favorites are Maleonariel and Kaitealyn Maleonariel is a mage scribe who is turned young again and is intent on destroying the Deathless Goddess so all can live free without having to pay the terrible price for magic their own lives Kaitealyon Kait is in service to the goddess as a hold daughter who can hear the voice of the goddess and help carry out her will It was super interesting to see how they are both given Her Gift magic in some form but practice it and serve the goddess in two very different ways Other characters include Kait s son a boy with a strong gift another mage student a lady in charge of a major holding in the realm trying to figure out what evil is happening and many I think it s important to note that I did actually have a very very hard time getting in to this book at the beginning The writing style was not what I m used to at all There were a lot of sentence fragments that for me threw off the flow of the story There is also this interesting contradiction in the style where there is a lot of detail in describing the minutiae of each scene but at the same time the overall picture of the story is very vague In addition we are following a cast of characters and though the stories of each of them come together in the end in the beginning we are following them individually This wouldn t be a problem except for we only get a small glimpse of each point of view before it switches to the next person These things all made it hard for me to figure out what what happening However as I I Love You Almost Always kept reading things became clear as the storylines merged and I got used to the writing styleI think this book will be pretty hit or miss based on the issues with the beginning Some like me will Gloom Town keep going and end up loving it and others will not get on with the style in the beginning and not enjoy it To each their ownThank you SO MUCH to DAW Books for sending me an ARC to review I am so grateful

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Intention ages a mage until they dare no But her magic demands to be used; the Deathless Goddess will take her fee and mages will dieTo 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 aliv The world was once barren We were once alone Magic once was lost Now it will never be for magic is again part of the world and us And the stories we ve yet to write together In a world once full of magic only one land remains untouched by the unspeakable evil intent on consuming the very magic of the world Tananen an isolated land separated from the rest of the world is the one known place where magic still exists The people of this land worship the Deathless Goddess whose words form the basis of magic Mage scribes learn the language of the goddess and are taught to give form intent and purpose to these words that they might summon physical manifestations of magic However magic comes at a terrible cost The Deathless Goddess exacts a high toll on those who would create for with each intention evoked mages age according to their works The magic one uses the faster they die Maleonarial one of Tananen s most renowned mages is intent on ending the toll on magic actively seeking a way to destroy Her What he comes to realize is that She is the only thing keeping magic alive and that greater forces of evil are gathering to snuff out the magic of Tananen once and for all This story has one of the most uniue magic systems I ve ever come across The author does an excellent job creating a system with rules boundaries and conseuences all which serve to enhance the plot character motivations and the crafted world All of these aspects tie together so well as the central magic system lends credence to how this world behaves when dependent on the limits of what magic can accomplish The amount of detail spent describing the conseuences of evoking magic recklessly and how perspectives change with time as mages come to better understand what magic truly costs was magical in itself The only thing I did not care for with The Gossamer Mage is the writing style I m unsure if this is Julie Czerneda s style across all her books or if this was adopted for this particular story but it straight up drove me nuts The splintered sentences and short clipped phrases didn t seem to match the flowing tone of the story which is really ironic given that the basis of the magic comes from writing with smooth intended phrases This this story reuired a level of focus and attention I couldn t muster which really took me out of the story repeatedly I probably would have given this book five stars if I didn t hate the writing style so much uinze dias keeps magic aliv The world was once barren We were once alone Magic once was lost Now it will never be for magic is again part of the world and us And the stories we ve yet to write together In a world once full of magic only one land remains untouched by the unspeakable evil intent on consuming the very magic of the world Tananen an isolated land separated from the rest of the world is the one Cheating for the Chicken Man known place where magic still exists The people of this land worship the Deathless Goddess whose words form the basis of magic Mage scribes learn the language of the goddess and are taught to give form intent and purpose to these words that they might summon physical manifestations of magic However magic comes at a terrible cost The Deathless Goddess exacts a high toll on those who would create for with each intention evoked mages age according to their works The magic one uses the faster they die Maleonarial one of Tananen s most renowned mages is intent on ending the toll on magic actively seeking a way to destroy Her What he comes to realize is that She is the only thing The Last Runaway keeping magic alive and that greater forces of evil are gathering to snuff out the magic of Tananen once and for all This story has one of the most uniue magic systems I ve ever come across The author does an excellent job creating a system with rules boundaries and conseuences all which serve to enhance the plot character motivations and the crafted world All of these aspects tie together so well as the central magic system lends credence to how this world behaves when dependent on the limits of what magic can accomplish The amount of detail spent describing the conseuences of evoking magic recklessly and how perspectives change with time as mages come to better understand what magic truly costs was magical in itself The only thing I did not care for with The Gossamer Mage is the writing style I m unsure if this is Julie Czerneda s style across all her books or if this was adopted for this particular story but it straight up drove me nuts The splintered sentences and short clipped phrases didn t seem to match the flowing tone of the story which is really ironic given that the basis of the magic comes from writing with smooth intended phrases This this story reuired a level of focus and attention I couldn t muster which really took me out of the story repeatedly I probably would have given this book five stars if I didn t hate the writing style so much

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From an Aurora Award winning author comes a new fantasy epic in which one mage must stand against a Deathless Goddess who controls all magicOnly 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 wor This is such a sad update for me to write This was one of my anticipated releases of the year and I went into it with such high hopes I honestly couldn t have fathomed hating it The premise is incredible especially considering I m a massive sucker for any story in which Death is a character rather than simply a state of being but it was absolutely ruined for me by the stylistic choices in writing On one hand Czerneda s writing is so immensely detailed that I kept finding myself bogged down by minutiae which is a strange complaint to have considering my other biggest complaint everything is so incredibly vague I felt lost from the first page and it never improved I typically would keep going to the end in a case like this because usually I think it s not the author s fault if I m confused but looking at other reviews is telling me that this is a massive issue for nearly every Goodreads user who s written a review for this book so far regardless of whether or not they completed the bookAmong these larger issues a few other minor complaints I had the names are nearly impossible to keep up with the narrative freuently breaks into paragraphs full of sentence fragments for no reason and despite there being so many different perspectives each POV character s voice feels identical to the lastAgain this makes me so sad because I had such high hopes but I don t have anything positive to say about this book beyond its most base premises and I won t be reaching for anything else by this author any time soon Thank you so much to DAW Books for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review


10 thoughts on “The Gossamer Mage

  1. says:

    This is such a sad update for me to write This was one of my anticipated releases of the year and I went into it with such high hopes I honestly couldn't have fathomed hating it The premise is incredible — especially considering I'm a massive

  2. says:

    A little over six years ago Julie E Czerneda made the transition from science fiction to epic fantasy with A Turn of Light It was a book that stood apart from the grimdark movement as something bright and vibrant It was a happier sort of story one with a deep mythology an epic sort of pastoral world building and a traditional take on magicThe Gossamer Mage marks an entirely new foray into realms of fantasy and while it still has a sense o

  3. says:

    Rating 445Review I was not real exited to visit Czerneda’s world again based on a previous work herethat left me less than thrilled

  4. says:

    This book has one of the most confusing writing I've ever read I'm sorry but I had to DNF it at 10% I didn't understand a thing I just couldn't do it to myself I can't spend several hours trying to understand a story with difficulty when I could easily spend these hours reading a five stars book Thank you for giving me an ARC via Netgalley

  5. says:

    Read Provided a blurb Absolutely adored this book

  6. says:

    rating 35When I saw the synopsis of this book I was IMMEDIATELY drawn in I mean magic through writing in a secret language Magic that has a cos

  7. says:

    “The world was once barren We were once alone Magic once was lost Now it will never be for magic is again part of the world and us And the stories we’ve yet to write together”In a world once full of magic only one land remains untouched by the unspeakable evil intent on consuming the very magic of the world Tananen an isolated land separated from the rest of the world is the one known place where magic still exists The peo

  8. says:

    I am a huge huge fan of Julie Czerneda Her sci fi stories are among the best I have ever read – the Webshifter stories of Esen in particular Her forays into fantasy also captivate me TURN OF LIGHT was a game c

  9. says:

    I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my reviewThe nitty gritty I adored the magic system in this story but I wasn't as excited about th

  10. says:

    Source PublisherGenre FantasyRating 30ThoughtsThe Gossamer Mage by author Julie E Czerneda is a story that takes place in a fantasy land called Tananen The world’s only remaining magic is in Tananen where only women can speak the Deathless Goddess language and only men can write her spells – both at a terrible cost But now something dangerous and dark has come into Tiler’s Hold destroying magic creations

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