When 14-year-old Aleph Worf-Sapir chooses to enroll in the Lunar University's first-ever student exchange program, he already knows he's entering enemy territory. The other departments have been attacking the tiny College of the Glottal Moon as long as he can remember. He's lost friends. He's lost family. Driven by the desire to keep his home and loved ones safe, Aleph confronts the other departments head-on.
He has no idea what he's in for.
The brilliant Prism Witches want to lock him up, the mysterious Fourier Monks want to steal him away, the Glottal Moon isn’t what he thought it was, and the Land Below sent a strange (and handsome) young man to the moons to stir up trouble. Aleph has to figure out who he can trust, and fast.
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!