by Karin Rita Gastreich


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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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ISBN-13: 9780982946794
Publisher: Hadley Rille Books
Publication date: 05/06/2011
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.73(d)

About 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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Eolyn 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Jalfmar29 More than 1 year ago
I thought I had already done this as I read Book I some time ago. I was thouroughly impressed by the detail, the imagery and the themes presented in this first installment. The feminist theme is presented almost as a photo-negative, much in the same way slave narratives promoted racial equality by unflinchingly depicting the absence of it. There was obviously a goodly amount of research into early herbalism and ritual is interwoven throught the book. If anything, the storytelling style may put one in the mind of Ursula K. LeGuin's Earthsea series, without copying it outright. Ms. Gastreichs's voice is definitely her own. Here's the thing.; I was pleased to find small confusions to my comprehension within the structure. To me, if you can completely understand every aspect of a fantasy or science fiction novel at first blush, it's not alien enough. What is nice though is that you don't need a glossary to understand it. I appreciate when an author recognizes the need for one and supplies it, but it's also nice to not have to use one.
ApexRev More than 1 year ago
Combining elements of the bildungsroman, the origin story, and classic high fantasy, Karin Rita Gastreich’s Eolyn is a refreshing new take on a timeless favorite. Eolyn is, at its heart, the story of a young woman creating her place in a world that’s been taken from her. The last surviving heir of the magas of old, protagonist Eolyn must embark on a journey to restore magic to the women of her kingdom. Faced with visions of war, budding romance, and the ever-looming threat of betrayal, she must look within to find the key to freedom before it’s too late. Headstrong, hopeful, and fiercely loyal to her roots, Eolyn is a character you can’t help but stand behind. Gastreich, however, doesn’t let her characters off easy—much like Eolyn, herself, the reader is never fully sure where anyone’s loyalties lie. Reeling with political drama, romantic anticipation, and dangerous secrets, the reader is often left very little time to get their feet back on the ground before the story takes flight again. It takes a discerning mind to keep a firm grasp on the finer details of the plot; luckily for us, Eolyn isn’t a difficult book to get sucked into. Though a fantastical tale on the surface, Gastreich is truly masterful in weaving powerful themes throughout the story. A tale of female oppression, prejudice, and even deadly seduction, Eolyn touches on issues that are deeply relevant in our own society. At times both heartwarming and heart-wrenching, the story warns young women about the ways in which the world will try to take advantage of them—but it does so in a way that never denies them their magic. Women and men alike will be moved by the strength, compassion, and raw human emotion it takes for a young woman to thrive in a society that has hunted her since birth. Exciting and thought-provoking from beginning to end, Eolyn is doubtlessly a story to sink your teeth into. Megan Mauro Apex Reviews
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Carlyle_Clark More than 1 year ago
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.
Bogwitch64 More than 1 year ago
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.