4.0 on the Masq Scale. Eolyn by @EolynChronicles #fantasy #bookreview

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Written by Karin Rita Gastreich

Genre: Fantasy

Book Synopsis

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.

Leslie Rayborn's Review

I had a bit of a hard time getting started on this book. I knew that this was a possibility going into it, however, because fantasy is not my first pick of genres. I wanted to give it a try though, and after getting to know the characters a bit and slugging through the seemingly endless words that I could hardly pronounce that helped to create this mystical other world, I was finally able to settle in and enjoy the story.

This book packs quite the magical punch! As a reader, we get to grow up with Eolyn, from her troubled childhood through her long journey of becoming a maga. In her world, women were burned at the stake for suspicion of being a witch. Unlike the real-life history of Salem, however, the men in her world are free to practice magic to the highest degree. (What a bunch of jerks!) "Hey you, there, strange person in a dress. Go cook me a feast while I conjure up spells and such."

Clearly, this is not how the author wrote. It's just my take on the gender attitudes expressed throughout regarding women and their "place".

I enjoyed Eolyn and her story. She had more courage than I could ever imagine to have myself. I'd just be happy to be able to do some simple magic and make the meals I cook better!

Review Disclaimer: Book provided in exchange for an honest review.

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