Finding Your Place in the Wake of Revolution: Revealing Kate Elliott’s Servant Mage

A lowly fire mage finds herself entangled in an empire-spanning conspiracy on her way to discovering her true power…

We’re thrilled to share the cover for Kate Elliott’s Servant Mage—arriving January 2022 from Tordotcom Publishing.

They choose their laws to secure their power.

Fellion is a Lamplighter, able to provide illumination through magic. A group of rebel Monarchists free her from indentured servitude and take her on a journey to rescue trapped compatriots from an underground complex of mines.

Along the way they get caught up in a conspiracy to kill the latest royal child and wipe out the Monarchist movement for good.

But Fellian has more than just her Lamplighting skills up her sleeve…

Cover art by Tommy Arnol; Design by Christine Foltzer

“[This] is an absolute gem of a story, a peek into a fascinating, fully realized world that manages to explore issues of power, consent, class and destiny before turning over some of fantasy’s tropes completely on their head. I loved it.”   —S. A. Chakraborty

“A rich and atmospheric lacework of worldbuilding, politics and magic—and of one woman’s journey to find her place in the wake of a revolution. Mesmerising, relentless and sharp.”   —Aliette de Bodard


Kate Elliott has been writing science fiction and fantasy for 30 years, after bursting onto the scene with Jaran. She is best known for her Crown of Stars epic fantasy series and the NYT bestselling YA fantasy Court of Fives. Elliot’s particular focus is immersive world-building & centering women in epic stories of adventure, amidst transformative cultural change. She lives in Hawaii, where she paddles outrigger canoes & spoils her Schnauzer. You can find her online at her website, on substack, and @KateElliottSFF on Twitter.


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