Eolyn_Audio Cover compressedThe fantasy novel Eolyn, by Karin Rita Gastreich, is an epic tale of destiny and romance. In Eolyn’s world, female magas are tortured and killed. She lives in hiding and develops her magic secretly. Then she meets Achim, the prince who will inherit the mage king’s violent kingdom. She falls in love with him, but he represents the forces that will try to kill her.

The characters in this novel are very well developed. They do not act like stereotypical fantasy characters as they negotiate this tale of love, magic, war, and betrayal. The reader develops empathy with characters on all sides, and as they hurtle toward the point where they must destroy each other I found myself holding my breath and wondering who to root for.

This is a wonderful book for those who like fantasy as well as those who are new to it. The novel has the feel of a fairy tale, so it is familiar until the characters react outside the stereotype and turn their world on its ear. Descriptions of the South Woods and Eolyn’s world are so richly detailed I want to pack my bags for a long vacation. And look at the cover–it’s gorgeous!


Read more about the inspiration behind Eolyn, check out the author’s information, and listen to a preview of the audio book here.

13 thoughts on “Eolyn”

  1. Submitted on 2011/09/19 at 9:04 am

    I also loved the description of the South Woods, but I got the feeling that the author left the reader hanging at the end of the book. There are a lot of unsolved small problems, so I can’t wait for the sequel to come out!

    1. Submitted on 2011/09/19 at 9:07 am | In reply to Amrita.

      I actually began reading the sequel before I read Eolyn. I think you’ll like it! It’s still in the revision stage, though, and I don’t know when it will be published.

  2. Submitted on 2011/09/19 at 9:38 am

    I am excited to read this, because I pretty much love the general theme of these kinds of books.

  3. Submitted on 2011/09/19 at 9:55 am

    It sounds like a great book, I would love to read it. From a scale to 1 and 10 what would you rate it? (With 1 the worst and 10 the best)

    1. Submitted on 2011/09/19 at 12:30 pm | In reply to Aline.

      Ummm I have not read it but it looks great so without reading it I will give it a 9 plus 🙂

    2. Submitted on 2011/09/19 at 1:26 pm | In reply to Aline.

      I’d give it a solid 9. It’s not as gripping, say, as Hunger Games, but it is filled with a wonderfully layered story. That means there are a lot of stories weaving through the main plot.

      1. Submitted on 2011/09/19 at 4:13 pm | In reply to mrsulleseit.

        Wow! Thanks Mrs Ulleseit! That reply you made, made me want to get out the book and start reading it! Now I really want to read it!

    3. Submitted on 2011/09/21 at 9:29 am | In reply to Aline.

      HE SHOULD HAVE, BY ALL RIGHTS, MARRIED EOLYN! Just for Akmael, my favorite character in the book marrying someone else than Eolyn, I’ll give it a nine when it should have been a ten.

      1. Submitted on 2011/10/06 at 9:24 am | In reply to Albert.

        Same with me. Even though I only read up to like page two hundred and seventy something, I really think that Akmael should have married Eolyn after all they’ve been through at the south woods ; (

      2. Submitted on 2011/10/24 at 6:26 pm | In reply to Albert.

        I thought that Eolyn told Achmin that she didn’t want to marry anybody…

  4. Submitted on 2011/09/19 at 12:27 pm

    Wow is my thought! I think that this my kind of a book I will love to read it. It is so exciting from the description Mrs. Ulleseit has given!

  5. It’s a great mixture between tragedy and romance. It’s sad that Eolyn doesn’t end up with Achim in the end, after all they’ve been through.

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