Author: Rosemary Kirstein

The Language of Power, by Rosemary Kirstein, trade paperback. Volume 4 of the Steerswoman Series, with map

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The trade paperback version of The Language of Power¸ Volume 4 of the Steerswoman Series, with a map printed on parchment calligraphy paper.

The steerswoman Rowan has learned much about the master-wizard Slado: how his spells are devastating the distant lands known as the Outskirts, and how they will ultimately threaten even the Inner Lands. But she knows nothing else about him –and he must be found, and stopped.

Now, following the slimmest of clues, Rowan arrives in the city of Donner hoping to learn more about Slado’s plans. But when the answers begin coming in faster than the questions can be asked, a strange tale from the past emerges, a tale behind all the secrets of the present…

Fortunate that Rowan has the Outskirter warrior Bel on hand to watch her back. Because there’s one sure way to know that the steerswoman is on the right track: Someone will try to kill her.

“The world Kirstein creates is captivating.” — Publisher’s Weekly

“If you haven’t read Kirstein’s Steerswoman books I envy you the chance to read them now for the first time…. I think they have a very good claim to be my favorite thing still being written. […] If you like science, and if you like watching someone work out mysteries, and if you like detailed weird alien worlds and human cultures, if really good prose appeals… you’re really in luck.” — Jo Walton, Hugo and Nebula Awards winner, author of Among Others, My Real Children and the Thessaly series.

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The Lost Steersman by Rosemary Kirstein, trade paperback. Volume 3 of the Steerswoman Series, with map

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The trade paperback version of The Lost Steersman¸ Volume 3 of the Steerswoman Series, with a map printed on parchment calligraphy paper.

The steerswoman Rowan has discovered that the fall of the Guidestar and the massacre of Outskirter tribes were caused by one man: the secret master-wizard, Slado. But until now, no steerswoman had known of his existence, nor knew that the wizards answered to any single authority. Now, Rowan must find him.

She comes to the seaside town of Alemeth, where centuries of records might help her find clues for her search. Then, an unexpected encounter with a lost friend: Janus, a steersman who had resigned his membership in the Steerswomen, giving no explanation. Rowan has hope for help in her search — but Janus has changed. The bright intellect is now shrouded in a dark, shattered spirit…

Then death comes to sleepy Alemeth, monsters from the Outskirts, and Rowan can not help but wonder: are all these strange events connected?

“An original and fascinating take on the tensions between science and belief, observation and expectaion, courage and fear. Highly recommended.” — Suzy McKee Charnas, author of Motherlines and Walk to the End of the World.

“Kirstein’s striking portrait of an innovative woman who is scientist, judge, historian, and adventurer makes for a good, thought-provoking read.” — Publisher’s Weekly

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The Steerswoman by Rosemary Kirstein, mass market paperback, including map

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The Steerswoman, mass market paperback, British edition, with a map printed on parchment calligraphy paper.

If you ask, she must answer. A steerswoman’s knowledge is shared with any who request it; no steerswoman may refuse a question, and no steerswoman may answer with anything but the truth. And if she asks, you must answer. It is the other side of tradition’s contract — and if you refuse the question, or lie, no steerswoman will ever again answer even your most casual question. And so, the steerswomen — always seeking, always investigating — have gathered more and more knowledge about the world they traveled, and they share that knowledge freely. Until the day that the steerswoman Rowan begins asking innocent questions about one small, lovely, inexplicable object… Her discoveries grow stranger and deeper, and more dangerous, until suddenly she finds she must flee or fight for her life. Or worse — lie. Because one kind of knowledge has always been denied the steerswomen: Magic.

“If you like science, and if you like watching someone work out mysteries, and if you like detailed weird alien worlds and human cultures, if really good prose appeals… you’re really in luck.” —- Jo Walton, Hugo and Nebula Awards winner, author of Among Others and My Real Children.

“[Kirstein] walks the tightrope between fantasy and science fiction with precision and grace… [her] compassion for even minor characters is evident on every page, and her prose is measured and alluring without being overworked.” — Damien Broderick & Paul Di Filippo, in Science Fiction: The 101 Best Novels 1985-2010

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Handbound blank book with netsuke-like carving (by Rosemary Kirstein)

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Handbound blank book with buckskin spine and  carved netsuke-like bookmark charm.

The cover is highly textured art paper, with a buckskin spine, closed with silk ribbons.  The endpapers have decorative leaf inclusions.   The bookmark is silk, with a wooden carved netsuke-like charm in the shape of a mouse reading a magazine.

The internal paper is standard “parchment” calligraphy paper.

The book is 8.5 x 6 inches.   The mouse is 1 inch tall.

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