The Bourshkanya Trilogy

Weave the Lightning (Book 1)

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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.


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


The Storm’s Betrayal (Book 2)

Coming April 2021.

Cover image for "The Storm's Betrayal" by Corry L. Lee.
Lies. Treason. Betrayal.

Lies. Magic. Treason.

The great Stormhawk—Bourshkanya’s paranoid, fascist leader—is seemingly unkillable, but for the rebellion to succeed, he must die.

Celka Prochazka uses magic in ways no one believed possible.  She could be the perfect resistance assassin—if she can avoid being discovered as a traitor.

Gerrit Kladivo, the Stormhawk’s son, is determined to end his father’s tyrannical rule.  But to get Celka close enough to his father, he must first prove unflinching loyalty to the regime.

Filip Cizek swore his life to protect Gerrit and the regime. But with Gerrit’s actions twisting him into a stranger, Filip must decide how deep his loyalty runs.

Together, they will attempt the impossible—but the cost may be everything they hold dear.



Magic Primer – how does storm magic work?

The intricate magic system in Weave the Lightning is revealed as characters use it. If you’d prefer a concrete overview of how the magic system works, join me for the Bourshkanya Trilogy’s Magic Primer.


What people are saying…

… focused and honed as a lightning strike, beautifully balanced and directed… a cutting story of revolution, rebellion, romance, and the sort of strange sorcery that we don’t see very often…

— Seanan McGuire

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.

— LaShawn M. Wanak for Lightspeed Magazine (read the full review)

Lee’s debut is a dazzling – and timely – high-wire act.

— Ian Tregillis, author of The Alchemy Wars

A sweeping epic of romance, revolution, elegant strangeness, and elemental magic.

— Jason Heller, Hugo Award-winning editor & author of Strange Stars

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, author of Beneath the Rising


From sources of inspiration to building an intricate magic system, learn more in Corry’s own words…

Corry’s Lightning Gang

Check out photos of authors, astronauts, and more with lightning scar tattoos from meeting Corry.

David Moore (Corry’s editor at Solaris), Corry, and astronaut Jeanette Epps with lightning tattoos at Worldcon 2019.

In Weave the Lightning, doing magic leaves you storm-scarred. In real life, lightning can create Lichtenberg Figures on people and objects.


Get your ticket to the Slavni Cirkus!

Where better to hide from the secret police than in a travelling circus?
See high wire walkers, snake charmers, knife throwers, and more in Weave the Lightning.

Admit One ticket for the Slavni Cirkus. The Amazing Prochazkas Defy Death on the High Wire.

Get your ticket from Corry at one of her appearances or print your own.
Post a photo of yourself with your circus ticket on twitter; tag @CorryLLee and #weavethelightning for a chance to win an autographed copy of Weave the Lightning.

Slavni Cirkus ticket back. Storm Warning: In the case of bozhskyeh storm, the big top may go dark. Please remain in your seat. The circus' Storm Speaker will lead the audience in the Song of Calming.