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.
Julie E. Czerneda (born 1955) is a Canadian science fiction and fantasy author. She has written several science fiction novels, including the Prix Aurora winner In the Company of Others, a number of short stories. She has also edited several anthologies.
Julie E. Czerneda has won several of Canada's prestigious Aurora Awards, was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award, and made the Nebula preliminary nomination list with her second novel.