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Penguin: Adult Hardcover & Trade Paperback Summer 2019

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The Gossamer Mage
By (author): Julie E. Czerneda
9780756408909 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Fantasy / Epic Aug 06, 2019
$36.00 CAD
Active 6.15 x 9.27 x 1.33 in 416 pages 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.

Story Locale: Fantasy world

AURORA AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR: Czerneda won the Aurora Award for Best Novel in two consecutive years, 2014 and 2015, for her fantasy novels A Turn of Light and A Play of Shadow

STANDALONE FANTASY perfect for readers new to Czerneda’s work

AUTHOR BLOG TOURS: Czerneda has done successful blog tours for her last three releases to talk about the books and engage with fan questions

CRITICAL ACCLAIM: reviews and bloggers alike rave about Czerneda; The Gate to Futures Past blog tour included “appreciation party” round-up post of 5 reviewers who love Czerneda

UNIQUE MAGIC SYSTEM in which magic users are aged proportionately to the use of their powers

Julie E. Czerneda is the author of the Species Imperative trilogy, the Night’s Edge fantasy duology, and the Stratification novels. She is a multiple Aurora Award winner, and was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award and the Philip K. Dick Award.

Author Residence: Ontario, Canada

Marketing: Promotion at conventions

E-mail marketing campaign

Social media campaign

Consumer sweepstakes

Feature on Unbound Worlds and First to Read

Author Website:

Author Social Media:; Twitter @julieczerneda

Praise for Julie Czerneda’s fantasy

“An enchanting and gentle fable, rich with detail and characters you will love.”—Charles de Lint

“A warm and intricate fantasy opus with large themes woven into a charming story.”—Charlaine Harris

A Turn of Light is a gorgeous creation. Julie Czerneda’s world and characters are richly layered and wonderful—full of mystery, hope and, most of all, heart. Come spend some time in Marrowdell. It’s worth the journey. And be polite to the toads.”—Anne Bishop

“Science fiction author Czerneda will charm fantasy readers with multidimensional characters, a vivid setting, and powerful themes of hope and renewal.”—Publishers Weekly

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