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Gossamyr Book Cover, written by Michele Hauf
Gossamyr Book Cover, written by Michele Hauf
Author(s) Michele Hauf
Publisher Luna
Publication date May 1, 2005 (Paperback)
September 1, 2009 (eBook)
Media type Paperback
Length 416 Pages
ISBN 978-0373802203

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Gossamyr is a novel written by Michele Hauf. In this work, a succubus character named The Red Lady appears.


  • Title: Gossamyr
  • Author: Michele Hauf
  • Format: Paperback and eBook
  • Publisher: Luna
  • Length: 416 Pages
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002KJA8VK
  • ISBN-10: 037380220X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373802203
  • Release Date: May 1, 2005 (Paperback)
    September 1, 2009 (eBook)


Disenchantment threatens those who enter the mortal realm . . .

The Red Lady plots to destroy faeries who linger in the mortal world, by draining their essence. Only those without glamour can withstand the succubus's wicked enticements. so now Gossamyr de Wintershinn, half faery, half mortal, vows to use her wits, fighting ability and a hint of glamour to face the Red Lady in her Paris lair.

But this is Gossamyr's first trip to the war-ravaged mortal realm, and it seduces with its own enchantments. With her new traveling companion -- a soul shepherd with more than one secret -- Gossamyr takes the first steps to save her people. Yet as she strives to defeat the Red Lady, she discovers that incredible power can be found in the truth -- and in learning true names. And a danger, as well . . .

Book Review

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely Fantasy - Poignant Love Story
  • Reviewed On: May 3, 2005
  • Reviewed By: M. Rondeau

Since childhood, Gossamyr de Wintershin a half faery, half mortal young woman knew that she would one day, in place of her father Shinn, rule over all of the fee in the Glamoursiege faery realm. Being only half faery, Gossamyr felt the snub from the true fee and also knew that she would only be accepted after she was wed to a fee of her father's choosing, and even then....she would never be more than half faery. She trained as a warrior and thus thirsted for a way to prove herself worthy of the impending honor.

A dangerous succubus, the mysterious Red Lady resided outside the enchanted land in her lair in Paris. This succubus was enticing the fee to her then would drain them of their essence. Upon the fee's death she would capture the last of their glimmer which would then release the murderous revenants that found their way back to the Enchanted land to wreak havoc. Because Gossamyr didn't have the Glamour of the true faery, but the wit and the fighting ability of a warrior, she was able to convince her father to let her travel to the Otherside, to take on the Red Lady and thereby save `her people'.

Back in the land of mortals, Gossamyr is impressed with the lure of the Otherside and has hooked up with a traveling companion who tempts her mortal half. He is a mysterious mortal - a soul Shepard - who has his own agenda as he seeks his own truths. In her quest to save her people, Gossamyr learns truths about herself, her lost lover, and her father that will inalterably alter her world forever.

This was a very good story, though I admit finding it a tad difficult to get into. I thought more than once to put it aside as I was very confused by new terms and words used in the text, but as I became familiar with Hauf's writing style, it swiftly captured my interest as the action adventure and romance kicked in. One caveat that bears mentioning is that I had read a description on the book, stating a blending history and fantasy for which I didn't find that much in the way of historical detail. On the other hand, for the pure enjoyment of a beautifully presented fantasy tale with a memorable and likeable heroine; fascinating secondary characters; along with a poignant love story that will have you reaching for tissues throughout the last couple of chapters, this is surely the ticket!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beguiling fantasy
  • Reviewed On: April 27, 2005
  • Reviewed By: Harriet Klausner

The world of faery has known peace for a very long time but now the realm's very existence is threatened by the Red Lady, a faerie banished to the Otherside (the mortal realm). She is stealing the essence of faeries who stay too long in Paris controlled by English King Henry and his soldiers. Shinn, leader of Glamourseige knows that Gossamyr, the half mortal-half faery, is the only warrior who can defeat The Red Lady because as a female she is not susceptible to the lure of the succubus.

Although she lacks wings and contains only the glamour from her years of living in faery, she crosses to the Otherside with the help of Shinn. She meets Ulrich who participated in a fairy Dance and lost two decades. His wife remarried and a dragon killed his daughter. He hopes to bring her back to the mortal world because he has an alacorn (a unicorn's horn) and when he gives it back to its owner he gets one wish. The pair teams up, helping each other when one gets into trouble. When she learns the truth about her origins that Shinn kept from her, Gossamyr's priorities change although she remains determined to save faery by defeating The Red Lady.

Gossamyr is a beguiling fantasy that blends elements from many genres to produce a work that will enchant readers who will place it on their keeper self to reread when they want an uplifting experience. The protagonist is an amazon warrior in a besieged Paris who battles a succubus, her ex-lover, and wins the heart of a mortal who is on a quest of his own. Michele Hauf has the magic touch that she imbues in her storyline.

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