I Can’t Wait For…Thief Mage Beggar Mage by Cat Hellisen

Posted 22nd June 2022 by Sia in Can't-Wait Wednesday / 0 Comments

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted over at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about but haven’t yet read. Most of the time they’re books that have yet to be released, but not always. It’s based on the Waiting on Wednesday meme, which was originally hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine

This week my Can’t-Wait-For is Thief Mage Beggar Mage by Cat Hellisen!

Thief Mage Beggar Mage by Cat Hellisen
Genres: Fantasy, Secondary World Fantasy, Queer Protagonists
Published on: 13th September 2022
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Tet is no longer a priest-mage; thrown out from his temple and cursed by his gods to return a stolen relic. With every passing year, the curse works deeper into his flesh, breaking and twisting him until finally, driven by pain, Tet makes a drastic play to escape the gods.

His luck turns sour, and the escape costs him his soul, drawing his death even closer when he is captured by the despotic White Prince. In order to escape the prince, retrieve his soul and break the curse, Tet must form a fragile alliance with a man he cannot trust. An alliance made brittle by lies and deception; one that may take his heart as well as his soul.

Thief Mage, Beggar Mage is a lush, queer reimagining of Andersen’s The Tinderbox, embroidered with dreams, secret identities, stolen magic, giant spectral dogs, clockwork monsters, prophetic dragons, and the grand games of gods and humans.

Occasionally, on bad days, I ask myself wtf I’m doing running a book blog. Why even be a book blogger, really???

Then someone like Cat Hellisen announces that they’ve written a lush queer fantasy that happens to be a Tinderbox retelling with mages and dragons and anyone interested in ARCs should get in contact, and it’s like

OH

RIGHT

THIS IS WHY

Hellisen has been on my auto-buy list since their strange and beautiful debut When the Sea is Rising Red in 2012, and I swear they outdo themself with every new book. So I kinda had to scream into a pillow when they introduced Thief Mage Beggar Mage in their newsletter not long ago.

I MEAN

!!!

A) We all know I am 111% here for queer fantasy
B) Lush prose is my kryptonite
C) Tinderbox is one of my very favourite fairy tales
D) IT’S CAT HELLISEN

SO YEAH, I THINK IT’S FAIR TO SAY I CAN’T WAIT FOR THIS ONE!

(And I did, in fact, get an ARC and it is, in fact, even more awesome than expected. !!!)

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