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Monday, 25 April 2016

VBT & #GIVEAWAY - Eolyn by Karin Rita Gastreich



In a land ravaged by civil war, the Mage King Kedehen initiates a ruthless purge of the magas. Eolyn, last daughter of the magas and sole heiress to their forbidden craft, seeks refuge in the South Woods.

When she meets the mysterious Akmael, heir to the throne of this violent realm, she embarks on a path of hope, seduction, betrayal, and war. Desire draws Eolyn toward Akmael’s dark embrace, but fate binds her to Corey of East Selen, a cunning mage whose ambition challenges the limits of love and loyalty.

Can she trust either man?

Hunted in a realm of powerful wizards and brutal deceptions, Eolyn must find her own path to freedom or she will burn on the pyre.

"Vigorously told deceptions and battle scenes, with a romantic thread." -Publishers Weekly

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A vicious blow knocked the wind from Drostan’s lungs and sent his mount screaming to the ground. The knight landed hard, one leg pinned under his flailing horse. A mind-numbing roar thundered through his head. Heart racing, he shoved back his visor, struggling to regain focus.

Drostan watched, incredulous, as a wild cat ripped through the neck of his mount. Almost half as large as the horse, the savage creature had snow white fur and gray stripes. It lifted its bloody jowls, roared, and set ice blue eyes upon Drostan.

Before the knight could retrieve his sword, the cat sprang. Giant claws scraped at his armor and fangs slashed at his face. Drostan wedged a mailed forearm into the beast’s throat, in a desperate struggle to hold it off. His free hand searched desperately for a weapon, any weapon.

His grip closed around the haft of a discarded axe, which he brought full force against the side of the creature’s head. The impact reverberated through his arm, but the cat did little more than pause in annoyance. The creature’s weight was crushing him. Drool dripped hot onto his face.

Adjusting his grip, he drew the weapon back and struck again, driving the metal blade into the animal’s skull. The creature’s sharp howl of pain sent shivers through the knight. He wrenched the axe away and struck again. The cat stumbled back. Drostan struggled out from under his horse and lunged forward, hitting the beast over and over. Blood sprayed everywhere, until at last the giant feline collapsed into a heap of blackened, sodden fur.

Exhausted, Drostan sank to his knees, oblivious for the moment to the battle that raged around him. As he reached forward to touch the animal, it transformed in front of his eyes, leaving in its place a man, his flesh ripped open and covered with blood.

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What are you keeping a secret?

Well, for one, I’m hiding my true name, Eolyn. I’m also concealing my heritage as a woman of magic.

I was brought up by Ghemena of Berlingen, who escaped the purges under the Mage King Kedehen. Ghemena taught me the magical traditions of Aithne and Caradoc. I live and practice these traditions with great love, but in constant hiding. By order of the Mage King, no woman is allowed to invoke magic. If my gifts are discovered, I will be arrested, tortured, and burned, like all of my sisters before me.  

Is there anyone in your life that you are attracted to?

I grew up a refugee in the South Woods, where I met Akmael, a young mage who possessed a strange magic that allowed him to appear and disappear at will. Akmael and I became close friends, and as we grew older, that friendship blossomed into a deep attraction. I love him still, though I have also grown to fear him.

What scares you about this person?

Recently, I discovered Akmael is more than a mage. He is the son of the Mage King and heir to throne of Moisehén. I believe now that his affection for me was never true; that he merely sought to seduce me and use my power for his own gain, as his father did with Briana of East Selen. This is why I travel under a false name. I cannot risk him finding me and making me his prisoner.

What do you think he/she can do for you that no one else can?

Part of me wants to believe I can convince Akmael to support my cause and help restore women’s magic. If I could win over his heart, we could put an end to the prohibition that has nearly destroyed one of the greatest traditions of our people.

What does this person know about you that no one else does?

Akmael knows everything about me. We grew up together, after all. He knows my strengths and weaknesses, my deepest fears and desires. This is what gives him power over me, why I must be very careful. I cannot let him deceive me again.

How do you decide of you can trust someone?

Well, that’s the dilemma, isn’t it? Before she died, Ghemena warned me not to let my affection for the boy Akmael cloud my judgement of the man he’s become. I struggle with this every day and every night. Will I ever be able to trust him? How will I know?

The truth is, if I wish to survive in this kingdom, I cannot trust anyone right now except myself.

How would you change the world? The things around you? The people around you?

When I accepted the staff of High Magic, I made an oath to Dragon that I would return women’s magic to my people. This is my task: to weave magic back into a land that has been torn asunder by war, oppression, and violence.

What are you most afraid of?

Some say the only way to restore women’s magic is to end the line of Mage Kings. If this is true, Akmael must die. Indeed, I foresaw his death in a dream when I was a young girl. I fear that dream will come true; that he and I will meet in battle, and I will have no other choice but to slay him. Perhaps that is the only way, given what he has become. But how can I kill a man I once loved?

If you had one wish, what would it be?

I want a world without war or violence; a place of magic and joy. I don’t understand why conflict must always end in violence. As a people, we have so much in common. It seems we could find a way to celebrate each other’s gifts, and not suppress them.

What’s your greatest source of joy?

Magic, especially the magic of all living things. The changing of the seasons; the breath of the forest.

If you could change anything about your life what would it be?

I want to not be afraid. I’ve lived so much of my life in fear and hiding. I want to walk in the sun, to be proud of who I am, to share all my gifts openly, without fear of betrayal or death.

 Karin Rita Gastreich writes stories of ordinary women and the extraordinary paths they choose. She lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where she is part of the biology faculty at Avila University. An ecologist by vocation, Karin has wandered forests and wildlands for over twenty years. Her past times include camping, hiking, music, and flamenco dance. In addition to The Silver Web trilogy, Karin has published short stories in World Jumping, Zahir, Adventures for the Average Woman, and 69 Flavors of Paranoia. She is a recipient of the Spring 2011 Andrews Forest Writer’s Residency.

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  2. Great interview with Eolyn. I thought the excerpt was exciting and frightening.

    1. Thank you! She's been a pretty incredible character to work with.

  3. I love reading character interviews, they're always fun :)

  4. I liked the character interview.

    1. Thank you, Rita! Glad you enjoyed it.

  5. Thank you very much for hosting!