In a land ravaged by civil war, the Mage King Kedehen initiates a ruthless purge of women practitioners of magic. Eolyn, sole heiress to the forbidden craft, escapes the slaughter of her family by fleeing into the South Woods. There she is adopted by the hermit Ghemena, last guardian of a sacred path. When the mysterious boy Akmael appears in their woodland refuge, Eolyn unknowingly befriends a prince: Son and heir to the man who destroyed her family. Confident the young mage will help restore the lost tradition of her dead sisters, Eolyn embarks on a path of hope and innocence that may end in betrayal and war.
As a child, Corey of East Selen witnessed the massacre of his clan by the Mage King. When he and his cousin Briana were captured, Briana saved Corey's life by seducing the King who slaughtered their clan. Since then, Corey has honed bitter cynicism into a powerful tool for survival. When he meets a compelling young woman named Eolyn, the mage considers detaining the last maga to advance his status. But Eolyn has something that astonishes Corey more than her magic: She wears a bracelet, a silver serpent that once belonged to Briana. Discovering how Eolyn came by the heirloom leads Corey down a new and dangerous path of intrigue. The ghosts of his dead clan return full force, and he vows to achieve vengeance at any cost.
In Book One of The Silver Web, the spirit of Briana weaves the fates of survivors of the Great Purge into a tapestry of conflict, love, revenge, and renewal. Eolyn, last daughter of a vanquished sisterhood, faces down a realm of brutal wizards in a desperate bid to revive women's magic.
“Vigorously told deceptions and battle scenes, with a romantic thread.” – Publishers Weekly
A “dreamlike, fairy-tale ambiance…immersive political machinations and grand-scale battles.” –Kirkus Reviews
“Headstrong, hopeful, and fiercely loyal to her roots, Eolyn is a character you can’t help but stand behind.” –Apex Reviews
“Magnificently written.” –Kindle Book Review
About the Author
Karin Rita Gastreich's The Silver Web Trilogy (Eolyn, Sword of Shadows, and Daughter of Aithne), has received praise from top editorial magazines such as Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews. Daughter of Aithne was recently shortlisted for the 2017 OZMA Award in fantasy fiction. In addition to The Silver Web trilogy, Karin has published short stories in Zahir, Adventures for the Average Woman, 69 Flavors of Paranoia, and World Jumping. Karin is a winner of the Women on Writing Flash Fiction Contest and a recipient of the Andrews Forest Writer’s Residency.
An ecologist by trade, Karin’s pastimes include camping, hiking, music, international travel, and flamenco dance. After completing her degrees in biology and zoology, Karin spent many years living and working in Central America before returning to Kansas City, Missouri, where she grew up. She is now a professor of biology at Avila University, where she enjoys sharing her love of life and literature with all her students.