Aleph Worf-Sapir has spent all fourteen years of his life enduring the ravages of academic war, and he is over it. The second the Lunar University offers him a spot in an unprecedented peacekeeping effort—a student exchange program—he jumps at the opportunity. Aleph expects that he’ll have a chance to bring peace to the University Moons, stop the bloodshed, and keep his home safe.
Yet nothing goes according to plan. The Prism Witches of the computing department lock him away. The Warlocks of the Gear are fighting amongst themselves. Soon after he leaves, one of Aleph’s mothers is accused of murder back on the Glottal Moon. And to top it off, Aleph finds himself falling fast for a handsome spy from their origin planet—a place more dangerous than every department in the university put together. Aleph sees solutions to every source of conflict he encounters, but no one seems to pay attention to a kid.
Listen, Aleph didn’t set out to be a supervillain. But he’s quickly learning that no one’s going to pay attention to him otherwise.
About the Author
Alexandra is the director of Iowa organization The Writers' Rooms, an editor for hire, an amateur linguist and conlanger, and a Taurus. Her work has received several accolades, including an Honorable Mention in the Writers' Digest Annual Writing Contest (2017). She spends all her free time on Twitter.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Preface: The Rules of Letter Magic
1. The Secret of the Glottal Moon
Interlude: The Battle of the Fire Garden
2. The Arrival of the Prism Witch
Interlude: The Witch and the Words
Preface: The Rules of Prism Magic
3. The Towers of Ice
Interlude: The Low Jail’s Warden
4. The Viridian Boy
Extra: Make Your Own Sigil Alphabet
Interlude: The Sea in the Sky
Extra: About The Letter Mage
Extra: About the Author
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
An immersive world filled with sci-fi and fantasy elements and beautiful LGBT couples. This is a wonderful piece of literature from a new, aspiring author. Alexandra Penn seamlessly blends fantasy and sci-fi together to create an exciting tale. The cast is diverse, and the book itself is very LGBT friendly. LGBT-centered books are still new to the market, and I think The Letter Mage definitely fits in by introducing multiple same-sex relationships. The chemistry between the characters is clearly developed both in the quartos and in the snippets of stories that she posts on her patreon page. Her worlds (moons) are very unique and each have something special to offer to the readers. We get to see the new worlds through Aleph's eyes, and it gives us a nice, detailed look at the different universities he visits. I'm always eager to see where he's going to go next. Penn teasingly develops and explains the mysteries of her moons in each chapter through her magical language system, her characters, and action. She leaves you at the edge of your seat waiting to see what happens next. The First Quarto is just the beginning of her exciting tale. I can't wait to see what happens next!
The pacing of this quarto doesn't flow quite as well as I wanted it to, but the imagery and characterization is lovely. The setting is fascinating, and I'm so excited to see where the story goes! Aleph is compelling, but his relationships with his moms and friends are a real joy to read. It's refreshing to read an original science fiction setting when so many popular scifi stories are falling into the same stale settings. The Moons are new, exciting, and original, and I can't wait to see more of them as the story progresses.
Such a fine and unusual piece of exciting literature for a young adult! Through startling imagery, charming and complicated characters, we are drawn into a magical sci/fi travel adventure through a solar system with many moons. The author, Alexandra Penn, paints diverse characters through the mind and soul of Aleph, who has to grow up fast as he enters these new and often hostile worlds. The dialogue takes us into his mind and soul, obviously reflecting many of the thought processes and questions of the young author herself as she traveled her own "growing up" odyssey! A highly intellectual read for any young person desiring adventure, soul-searching, and much more!