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Eolyn [Kindle Edition]

Karin Rita Gastreich
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From PUBLISHERS WEEKLY: "Vigorously told deceptions and battle scenes will satisfy fans of traditional epic fantasy with a romantic thread." Sole heiress to a forbidden craft, Eolyn lives in a world where women of her kind are tortured and burned. When she meets Achim, destined to assume the throne of this violent realm, she embarks upon a path of adventure, love, betrayal and war. Bound by magic, torn apart by destiny, Eolyn and the Mage King confront each other in an epic struggle that will determine the fate of a millennial tradition of magic.

Editorial Reviews


"A child is hidden before her village is destroyed by the tyrant king's soldiers, after which she finds shelter in the forest with an old woman rumored to be a witch. Readers who persist beyond this familiar setup will find that the story deepens as young Eolyn, possibly the last of an ancient order of female magic users, matures while befriending Akmael, the prince whose father killed her family. Though Eolyn becomes the hope of a rebellion, she never has to carry the whole weight of the story; Akmael, the "witch" Ghemena, and other characters develop many intriguing facets. Gastreich allows her heroes to have flaws--including moments of cowardice--and some victories bring new sorrows. Vigorously told deceptions and battle scenes will satisfy fans of traditional epic fantasy with a romantic thread." -- Publishers Weekly

Product Details

  • File Size: 3748 KB
  • Print Length: 328 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Hadley Rille Books (November 25, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,555 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unpredictable Epic Fantasy May 8, 2011
Eolyn, Karin Gastreich's debut novel, is an excellent example of the other breed of Epic Fantasy epitomized by the works of Guy Gavriel Kay, which is to say, not the traditional "unlikely but fated and/or prophesied hero must face the dreaded return of dark lord." Instead, Gastreich's Eolyn focuses on the emotional, political, and physical conflicts between powerful and three-dimensional characters. You don't have any villains who do villainy because, well, that's just what villains do. Each character has compelling reasonable motivations. The action sequences are executed wonderfully and are unpredictable in that the character who "normally" triumphs doesn't always triumph.

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)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great First Novel December 7, 2011
I'm posting this for Dane Grannon the author of Lucky Streak

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Epic Fantasy May 28, 2011
By Madra
Karin pulls you right into her epic fantasy as you follow Eolyn deep into the forest after her village has been destroyed. The descriptions of the beauty and hidden mysteries in the forest are especially enchanting, as Eolyn begins a journey that reveals her great gifts of magic. Karin introduces you to a range of intriguing and powerful characters as she weaves an ever tightening, twisting and turning plot. She leaves you wanting more. I cannot wait for her next book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Fantasy May 7, 2011
Eolyn is a great story, skilfully combining elements of familiar folklore and more original devices to ease the reader into a world that is at once both authentically complex in government, society and personalities and yet instantly accessible to the reader. Humour leavens the story (the 'house of sweetbread' is brilliant), but never becomes intrusive or undermines the strong threads of loss, duty, romance and revenge that permeate the book. And the action is often superb.

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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great novel about growing up and self-discovery.
Published 4 days ago by Jude-Marie Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely surprising story
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 more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story
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 2 months ago by stacy keith
5.0 out of 5 stars epic romantic fantasy
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 more
Published 3 months ago by Nelson Guda
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Fantasy
Beautifully written, such clear imagery. How wonderful to have a book where the protagonist and hero is a girl, filled with power and destiny. I hope the author plans a sequel.
Published 5 months ago by E. Pettit
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
I really enjoyed it! I can't wait to read the sequel. The emotional struggle is heartbreaking, however the author keeps the reader intrigued with what comes next.
Published 6 months ago by MommaD
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterfully Written
Eolyn is one of the best stories I've read in a long time, hands down. As a young girl, tragedy leads Eolyn to an old woman who is a Maga in hiding. Read more
Published 10 months ago by The Kindle Book Review
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.0 on the Masq Scale
Leslie Rayborn's Review

I had a bit of a hard time getting started on this book. I knew that this was a possibility going into it, however, because fantasy is not my... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Masquerade Crew
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story
This was just plain entertaining. With witches and warlocks and an interesting plot that developed a world of prejudice against powers of opposing kinds. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jennie.Sorrell
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes
One of my favorite witchie books! this one has an interesting plot, and I plowed through it in no time, not being able to put it down.
Published 14 months ago by Suzanne Schumacher
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More About the Author

KARIN RITA GASTREICH lives in Kansas City and in Costa Rica. Her publications include the fantasy novel EOLYN and the short story "Creatures of Light", both from Hadley Rille Books. HIGH MAGA, the companion novel to EOLYN, will be released in April 2014.

Karin is a recipient of the Andrews Forest Writer's Residency, and a nominee of the 2012 Thorpe Menn Literary Award. Her past times include camping, hiking, music, and flamenco dance.

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