Eolyn (Eolyn Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Karin's novels blend elements of epic fantasy, historical fiction, and romance. Grounded in traditional fantasy and real history, she crafts a diverse array of compelling male and female characters. A recipient of the Andrews Forest Writers Residency, Karin weaves the natural world into all her stories. From ancient woodlands to uncharted seas, readers will experience gripping battle scenes, heart wrenching loss, hard-won triumphs, and the ultimate magic of love.
Top Customer Reviews
Gastreich launches her characters on unavoidable collision courses and with her tendency to avoid stereotypes-- or use them to her advantage to create a surprising turn of events--the climatic sequence is thrilling because, for once, you really don't know how it will end.
The beginning of Eolyn, a clearly intentional nod to the fairytales of the Brothers Grimm, may give some readers pause as it feels young for an adult fantasy, but sticking with the story is amply rewarded and Gastreich does something with Eolyn in 328 pages that many fantasy authors fail to do with twice that page count: tell a complete and satisfying tale as the first novel of a trilogy. Readers of the aforementioned Guy Gavriel Kay and Robin Hobb will definitely enjoy this novel.
(This review is of an Advanced Review Copy)
A cautionary note: The cover is of the sort of artwork that I would tend to expect to find on a young adult fantasy novel, and while at first the title character's age is unclear, it is clear that she is young, and soon we find that she is nine years old at the beginning of the book. This may lead some to conclude that this is a children's book. It is, put bluntly, not; Eolyn's early years are merely the set-up. The bulk of the story takes place after Eolyn reaches the age of 20, and adult themes of sexism, sexuality, coercion, and violence feature centrally in the plot.
I believe that I am going to have to read this book several times over to fully grasp its elegance.
In the grand tradition of many previous fantasy novels, our heroine occupies a world in which the gods had granted magic of various forms to the people, but bound them not to allow their rulers to practice magic, so as to avoid the conjoining of both magical and civil power in one person. This stricture is broken, and Tzeremond, a mage of great ambition and even greater enmity teaches Prince Kedehen in the ways of High Magic.Read more ›
There are some times when some of the phrasing seems a trifle awkward (eg "I don't like it," decided Milena) but that would be my only complaint about what is otherwise a story fit to stand alongside the best of fantasy - because the story really is terrific and throughout avoids cliche or stereotype (except where the reader is lulled into assuming a cliche or stereotype, only to be surprised by Gastreich spinning the story in an unexpected way). Best of all, even the bad guys have actually a very reasonable (from their perspective) point of view: they have excellent reasons for their brutal repression of women's magic.
The ending is superb, both the climactic battle and its aftermath leaving no easy answers or trite successes: it's a real-world ending, and one that fits the characters and their desires and beliefs entirely.
Really, a great story, the best I've read so far this year. It can be devoured in a (long) sitting and then re-read at leisure to savour the many wonderful moments. It may begin a series, and I hope it does (though nothing indicates it will), but stands alone splendidly. A book to remember.
I want to preface this by saying that I know Karin through the Dead Horse Society Writing Group in Kansas City. I've been reading the sequel in our critique group.
As a middle-aged man, I don't feel like I'm the true demographic for this novel. I rarely read novels with a young female protagonist. It is a challenge for me to relate.
The book starts with a gripping sequence. There are many important bits of information which are necessary to understand the narrative, and they are given in just enough detail to keep the story making sense. I was riveted.
The next section is extremely important for defining the most important interpersonal relationship in the book. I found my attention wondering, but I knew the payoff would be worth plugging through. This is more likely a reflection of my state of mind than the novel. When I re-read it, I think I'll enjoy it more.
The remainder of the novel reads like an experienced novelist. To be honest, I felt it was more complex and subtle than King Rat. The plot contained many reasonable complications. None of the characters are exactly the way they appear. This rich world successfully engaged me to the point that I read the last hundred pages in almost no time. The ending was not a surprise to me since I'm reading the sequel, but normal readers will be excited by this.
All in all, I give this 4 out of 5 stars compared to all novels that I read. As a first novel this is 5 out of 5. I urge everyone to read it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very imaginative wonderful story with interesting characters when reading it you can feel the magic. Well written and absorbing.Published 2 months ago by J SHIEL
I absolutely loved this story. I mostly stopped reading fantasy when I finished all of Juliet Marillier's books, which I couldn't get enough of, but I am so glad this tale found... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Erika Lunder
A very good story about a very young witch and her trials and errors.It was entertaining at best .Published 14 months ago by mani
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Very entertaining to read. Very hard to put down for sleep breaks and other duties. It has innocence of children, of friendships, intrigue, mage magic, deception, war, love,... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Sara B.
I can't put it down. Karin brings the characters to life, and creates such a vivid image of the setting. Love this genre-Love this book.Published 20 months ago by stacy keith
I was so surprised by this book. The beginning seems like a standard fantasy, but the storyline and the characters have a depth and complexity that builds beautifully throughout. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Nelson Guda