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EMPIRE. REVOLUTION. MAGIC.

Gerrit is the son of Bourshkanya’s Supreme-General. Despite his powerful storm-affinity and the State’s best training, he can’t control his magic. To escape the brutal consequences, he flees.

Celka is a travelling circus performer, hiding both her link to the underground and her storm-affinity from the prying eyes of the secret police. But Gerrit’s arrival threatens to expose everything: her magic, her family, and the people they protect.

The storms have returned, and everything will change.

For fans of Brent Weeks’ Lightbringer series and Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows, this stunning fantasy debut combines rich, Russian-inspired worldbuilding, a complex magic system, and passionate characters in a multilayered tale of personal discovery and political awakening.

Read an excerpt | Explore the intricate magic system | Explore Corry’s inspiration and writing process.


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About Corry

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Corry L. Lee is a science fiction and fantasy author, Ph.D. physicist, award-winning science teacher, data geek, and queer mom. 

Corry’s historical fantasy novel, Weave the Lightning, came out in April 2020 from Solaris Books. The sequel, The Storm’s Betrayal, is due out April 2021. Her science fiction short story “Shutdown” won the Writers of the Future award. 

In Ph.D. research at Harvard, she shed light on the universe fractions of a second after the Big Bang and won numerous teaching awards.  Later, at Amazon, she connected science to technology, improving customer experience through online experimentation.

Meet Corry at one of her upcoming appearances, where she’ll happily enthuse about cross-country skiing, French pop music, or single origin coffee.  (Or whatever she’s currently loving.)

Corry is represented by Lisa Rodgers of JABberwocky Literary.

Weave the Lightning is an electrifying debut (pardon the pun) that infuses magical resistance with a Russian flair… you bet I’ll be reading the sequel. [Read the full review]

LaShawn M. Wanak for Lightspeed Magazine

Tense, timely, and crackling with urgent energy. I guarantee that by the end of the book, you will be looking for your own resistance to join… or to start.

Premee Mohamed on Weave the Lightning