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Eolyn is the story about one woman's struggle to restore magic to her people against forces of war and persecution as she attempts to define her own path in a complex world where magic is forbidden to women.
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Eolyn is the story about one woman's struggle to restore magic to her people against forces of war and persecution as she attempts to define her own path in a complex world where magic is forbidden to women.
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Vigorously told deceptions and battle scenes will satisfy fans of traditional epic fantasy with a romantic thread.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780982946794
  • Publisher: Hadley Rille Books
  • Publication date: 5/6/2011
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 1,068,560
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Karin Rita Gastreich was born near Kansas City, Missouri. After living and working for nearly twenty years as a tropical ecologist in Costa Rica, she returned to her home town and is now an Assistant Professor of Biology at Avila University. In addition to reading and writing, her past times include camping, hiking, music and flamenco dance. Karin is an active member of two writer’s groups, the Dead Horse Society in Kansas City, and The Fantasy and Horror Writer’s Forum at the Next Big Writer. Her short stories have appeared in Zahir, Adventures for the Average Woman, 69 Flavors of Paranoia, and A Visitor to Sandahl. She is a recipient of the Spring 2011 Andrews Forest Writer’s Residency. You can visit Karin at www.eolynchronicles.blogspot.com or
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  • Posted August 24, 2011

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    A Fantasy that is Epic & Peronal

    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. And because she focuses on a handful of characters you really get to know and feel for each one. 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 N.K. jemisin and Robin Hobb will definitely enjoy this novel.

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  • Posted May 13, 2011

    Just in time for summer reading

    There are few things better than curling up under a blanket, in front of a fire to read a great adventure tale--unless it's lounging in the sun to read a great adventure tale. Whatever the season or weather, you won't notice once you start reading Eolyn, by Karin Rita Gastreich. When it's summer within the story, you'll feel the heat, smell the warmed earth and flowers. When it's winter, you'll feel the chill down to your bones. Ms. Gastreich's uncanny talent for truly creating a world her readers can become part of is a rare gift, and one she shares abundantly in Eolyn.

    Gastreich's richly detailed world, from the land itself to the cultures within to the magic inherent in every rock, tree, stream and person imbues every page. She manages to get all this detail across without ever overloading the reader; in fact, it's organic from first page to last.

    A worthy read for any fantasy reader, it will especially appeal to those who enjoy McKillip and McKinley.

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