"Vigorously told deceptions and battle scenes." ~Publishers Weekly review of Eolyn

"The characters are at their best when the events engulfing them are at their worst." ~Publishers Weekly review of High Maga

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


Great news!  PUBLISHERS WEEKLY reviewed EOLYN this week.  This is my first professional review ever.  You can see the review, along with reviews of other novels, at this link:  PW Reviews April 11  Or, you can just read the text which I've copied and pasted below:


Karin Rita Gastreich. Hadley Rille (Ingram, dist.), $28 (328p) ISBN 978-0-9829467-4-9; $16 trade paper ISBN 978-0-9829467-9-4

A child is hidden before her village is destroyed by the tyrant king's soldiers, after which she finds shelter in the forest with an old woman rumored to be a witch. Readers who persist beyond this familiar setup will find that the story deepens as young Eolyn, possibly the last of an ancient order of female magic users, matures while befriending Akmael, the prince whose father killed her family. Though Eolyn becomes the hope of a rebellion, she never has to carry the whole weight of the story; Akmael, the "witch" Ghemena, and other characters develop many intriguing facets. Gastreich allows her heroes to have flaws--including moments of cowardice--and some victories bring new sorrows. Vigorously told deceptions and battle scenes will satisfy fans of traditional epic fantasy with a romantic thread. (June)

Reviewed on: 04/11/2011
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I am very pleased with this review, especially the part about 'vigorously told battle scenes', as the battle sequence was hands down the hardest part of the novel for me to write.  Hooray!  Time to celebrate.  I  am so glad (and relieved!) this review turned out well.

In other news, I have a guest post this week on Write Like Authors Do, a blog for young aspiring authors, run by friend and fellow author Linda Ulleseit.  My post talks a little about what to do when things don't go as planned in our stories.  If you'd like to read it, and see the other great posts on Linda's blog as well, click HERE

That's the news for now.  More to come later this week.