Sole heiress to a forbidden craft, Eolyn lives in a world where women of her kind are tortured and burned. When she meets Akmael, destined to assume the throne of this violent realm, she embarks upon a path of adventure, love, betrayal and war. Bound by magic, torn apart by destiny, Eolyn and the Mage King confront each other in an epic struggle that will determine the fate of a millennial tradition of magic.
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"Vigorously told deceptions and battle scenes will satisfy fans of traditional epic fantasy with a romantic thread." (Publisher's Weekly)
Eolyn is one of the best stories I've read in a long time, hands down. As a young girl, trag leads Eolyn to an old woman who is a Maga in hiding. Though magic is now forbidden to women, Eolyn is thrilled at the wonderful things she is learning under Gemena's tutelage. The young girl meets an unlikely friend who also knows a bit about magic. What she doesn't know is who the boy really is, or how many ways their lives are entwined..
Karin Gastreich composes a story like a finally woven tapestry; the plot and characters are intricately involved and all looses ends are tied. The prose is vibrant and sensational, without being too wordy. The characters are all clearly defined as their varying motivations come to light. Really, this is a beautifully written tale. Its only flaw is that the main character does not seem to possess enough angency and influence to affect the plot. More things happen to her than she makes things happen. Hopefully, in future volumes this will change. All that said, I still recommend this book.
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