-Harper Lee

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Thoughtful, atmospheric and gripping,

Black Ice works flawlessly to deliver

a genuine page-turner.

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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 vast and impenetrable 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.

 

Our review......

A thrilling fantasy adventure with oodles of atmosphere EOLYN marks the start of The Silver Web series from Karin Rita Gastreich. A splendidly imagined tale that neatly sidesteps the stereotypical offerings relied on by much of the genre, it benefits from a well written narrative that’s heavy with intrigue, rich characters and interwoven plots. Seduction, betrayal, war and hope, Gastreich’s colorful and eccentric characters are all interconnected, bound by underlying mysteries where motives are not immediately clear and intrigue weighs heavy on the mind.. Conceptually, it's impressive and in no small part this is down to Gastreich's exceptional eye for detail. Sometimes vivid, sometimes more subtle, but quickly getting into the subconscious of the reader and crafting an extremely well thought out world where order and magical lore seems wholly authentic. Eolyn, Akmael and Corey are a reflection of this as they face emotional, physical, and moral challenges and whilst this first instalment ends on a cracking note there’s no doubt it’s the start of an epic saga.

 

A highly entertaining fantasy tale of sword & sorcery that proves a welcome addition to the genre, EOLYN is strongly recommended.

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