Review: Mirage by Julie E. Czerneda

Mirage by Julie C. Czerneda

Praise for the Web Shifter’s Library series

Search Image is the guaranteed most delightful and fun SF read of the year.” —Marie Bilodeau, author of the Aurora-nominated Destiny series

“Julie Czerneda’s novels ignite my sense of wonder, from the amazing worlds she creates, to the fully realized aliens and likeable characters. I eagerly await her next.” —Kristen Britain, author of Green Rider

“As always, there are plenty of oddball alien hijinks, misunderstandings, and intrigues, all illustrating how badly the library is needed while providing excellent entertainment.” —Locus

Synopsis and Details:

The second book in the Web Shifter’s Library series returns to the adventures of Esen, a shapeshifting alien who must navigate the perils of a hostile universe.

Relationships get complicated when you don’t know who—or what—you really are. Esen must find a way to rescue a hapless group of chimeras, beings who are a new and unique blend of species she knows, when she can’t become one herself. When Evan Gooseberry tries to help, he is shattered to learn he himself isn’t entirely Human and begins to suspect his new friend Esen isn’t what she seems.

Complicating matters, a mysterious contagion has killed the crew of the ship that brought the chimeras—and Evan—to Botharis. Everyone’s been quarantined inside the All Species’ Library of Linguistics and Culture, including over a hundred disgruntled alien scholars.

The risks climb as Skalet and Lionel continue their quest to solve the disappearance of Paul’s mother’s ship, the Sidereal Pathfinder, only to find themselves caught in a tangle of loyalties as Skalet is betrayed by her own Kraal affiliates, who infiltrate the Library.

All of which would be quite enough for one Web-being’s day, but Paul Ragem hopes to rekindle the romance of his first love. A shame Esen hasn’t told him who’s hiding in their greenhouse.

Series: Web Shifter’s Library #2  |  Genres: Science Fiction  |  Release Date: August 11, 2020  |  Publisher:  DAW  | Pages: 432  |  ISBN: 978-0756415600  |  ASIN: B083HLYYLM  |  Format: ARC  |  Source: NetGalley

Review with Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Mirage was a fun and exciting addition to the Web Shifter’s Library series! This story deals with the indirect consequence of a choice made by Esen that was creatively interpreted. Anything that involves Esen always seems to skew to a much larger scale than she ever intended but her intentions are always so sincere and good that it is hard to get mad at her or dislike her for her choices. I just love her character because she is so entertaining.

Something exciting about Mirage was that there was a further exploration of Esen’s web and more details about what being web meant. I loved Skalet in this story as well as Evan, he is just too adorable! There was a lovely mystery weaved into this story and even a blast from Paul’s past. Also, there was much to uncover because more than one character was playing things close to the chest and sooner or later all would be revealed. Overall, Mirage was a creative tale of science fiction that had many quirky and entertaining characters. It was a treat!

*Thank you to DAW & NetGalley for this eARC of Mirage*

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This review is based on a complimentary book I received. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.


About the Author:

Julie E. Czerneda is a biologist and best-selling writer whose science fiction has received international acclaim. She is the author of the popular Species Imperative trilogy, the Web Shifters series, and the Clan Chronicles novels. She was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Her stand-alone novel, In the Company of Others, won Canada’s Prix Aurora Award and was a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award for Distinguished SF. Her Night’s Edge series, A Turn of Light and A Play of Shadow, won the Aurora Award for Best English Novel in two consecutive years. Julie has edited/co-edited sixteen SFF anthologies, including the Aurora-winning Space Inc. and Under Cover of Darkness. Julie lives with her husband and two children in the lake country of central Ontario, under skies so clear they could take seeing the Milky Way for granted, but never do. You can find her at:

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