The Lost Steersman by Rosemary Kirstein

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At last, here is the eagerly anticipated new novel by Rosemary Kirstein, critically acclaimed author of
The Steerswoman and The Outskirter’s Secret. This though-provoking story calls to mind the writing of Ursula K. LeGuin and Sheri Tepper.

How do you find a person you have never seen, or have never heard described? And what if the consequences of not finding him are too terrible to imagine?

The steerswoman Rowan has learned that Slado, a mysterious wizard, has secretly been working spells of incredible power. Both the Inner Lands and the Outkskirts are now threatened by his magic—and before the destruction becomes too great to reverse, Rowan must find Slado so that he can be stopped. But how does one stop the most powerful man in the world?

In the seaside town of Alemeth, the Annex holds centuries of steerswomen’s journals. They may contain clues to Slado’s location, but combing through them would take more time than Rowan has to spend. Then she encounters a lost friend: Janus, one of the few rare Steersmen. But Janus quit the order without explanation. Now the bright, beloved companion of Rowan’s student days has become a man dominated by dark moods and even darker secrets.

When sleepy Alemeth transforms into a place of chaos, terror, and sudden death, Rowan wonders if all the secrets are connected. The shocking answer will change the steerswoman—and her world—forever. . . .

About Rosemary Kirstein

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An accomplished singer/songwriter/guitarist who works in information technology, Rosemary Kirstein lives in Dorchester, Massachusetts.
Published March 24, 2014 by Rosemary Kirstein. 432 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Kirstein's wonderful third novel (after The Steerswoman's Road and The Outskirter's Secret) cleverly combines elements of both SF (problems of language and alien first contact) and fantasy (wizards, demons and magic) while highlighting human foibles.

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While they are in the midst of this task, a Steerswoman arrives, named Rowan, who desperately needs information from the Annex archives that Mira was supposed to tend, so that she can continue her pursuit of the mysterious wizard Slado.

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Rowan has discovered that the wizard Slado is using a magical spell known as the Routine Bioform clearance to rain down invisible heat on the Outskirts.

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Attributing the demon appearances to Slado, Rowan, along with Steffie, a young man who assisted Mira and now assists Rowan, soon try to discover the reason for the demon attacks and their continuing, encroaching appearances.

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