Kirkus Reviews ‘Daughter of Aithne’

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Snow Tiger, a detail from the cover art by Thomas Vandenberg.

I was excited (and nervous) last week to receive Kirkus Reviews’ assessment of Daughter of Aithnethe third and final installment of The Silver Web Trilogy. 

Nervous before I read it, excited afterwards.

All three novels of The Silver Web have received positive reviews from Kirkus, but Kirkus seemed to like Daughter of Aithne best of all: “Thankfully,” the reviewer writes, “[Gastreich] ends her series with the strongest entry.”

The novel is praised for its “superbly fleshed-out characters” and “refined, assertive style.” The unexpected climax is deemed “impactful and wholly satisfactory.” In summary, Daughter of Aithne is described as “An enticing and elegant series finale, filled with magic and turmoil.”

You can read the entire review by visiting Kirkus on-line.

More than an editorial review, this marks a moment of real closure for me. The writing and publishing of The Silver Web has been a journey of more than ten years, filled with ups and downs; inspiration and disappointment; set backs, reboots, failures and a smattering of triumphs that was just enough to keep me going.

In other words, writing an epic saga is a lot like living an epic saga!

I’ve written elsewhere that Daughter of Aithne is the novel I’ve always wanted to write: a thoroughly woman-centered epic fantasy that honors the old tropes while transforming them into a new vision. After reading Kirkus Reviews last week, I can rest easy in the knowledge that I’ve succeeded.

I am so proud of this trilogy: the bright innocence of Eolynthe dark terror of Sword of Shadowsand the final triumph of Daughter of Aithne. Finishing this series is probably among the biggest goals I’ve ever set for myself, and it means a lot to know it’s a job well done.

So I’m going to bask in the glory of this moment for at least a little while, and then… I’ll be on to the next epic project, and all the ups and downs that come with it.

Bewitching Books Week 2

Daughter of Aithne Banner 851 x 315Our celebration of the release of Daughter of Aithne continues this week with the following stops on a tour hosted by Bewitching Books:

May 8 Author Interview on Literary Musings

May 8 Spotlight: Whiskey With My Book

May 8 Spotlight: Shh, I am Reading

May 9 Spotlight and review: Booklove

May 9 Spotlight: For Love of Books4

May 9 Author Interview on Infinite House of Books

May 9 Spotlight: T’s Stuff

May 10 Author Interview on Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer

May 10 Spotlight: The Silver Dagger Scriptorium

May 11 Author Interview on The Book Junkie Reads

May 11 Spotlight: Sapphyria’s Book Reviews

May 12 Spotlight: 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, and Sissy, Too!

May 12 Spotlight: Books N Pearls

Join us for the fun & don’t forget – each stop earns you another chance to enter the giveaway for a $15 Amazon/B&N gift card!

Triumph of the Magas


Happy Beltane!

This great spring festival, which exists in Eolyn’s world as Bel-Aethne, makes the perfect backdrop for the release of Daughter of Aithne, the third and final book in The Silver Web saga.

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Book One is FREE on Kindle this week only!

It’s been a long journey, for Eolyn and her cohorts, and for me as an author. There were times when I thought I might never see this third book in print, and part of me still doesn’t quite believe it’s happening. But it is! Daughter of Aithne is now available in Kindle and paperback, just in time for summer reading. Another reason to dance the spring nights away!

We’re celebrating on line with a number of events this week.

First, those of you who haven’t started on The Silver Web will be pleased to learn that the first book in the series, Eolynis available free on Kindle through Friday, May 5. Visit Amazon to download your copy today.

In addition, I’m running a Goodreads giveaway for the second book in the series, Sword of ShadowsFive paperback copies are up for grabs. The giveaway ends tonight, so if you’re feeling lucky, visit Goodreads or click the link at the end of this post to enter for your chance to win.

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Goodreads giveaway for Book Two ends tonight!

Of course, Daughter of Aithne is the star of our show, so most of our attention will be focused on her. A tale of two women – Eolyn, Queen of Moisehén, and her political rival, Taesara of Roenfyn – Daughter of Aithne transcends the innocence of Eolyn and the dark violence of Sword of Shadows. The parallel journeys of these remarkable queens offer a unique opportunity to bring resolution to generations of conflict. As a war-torn history propels Eolyn and Taesara toward final, decisive confrontation, they hold in their hands the fate of four kingdoms – and the magic that sustains them all.

Which woman will emerge triumphant? Will magic flourish or at last be erased from their lands? You’ll have to read the book to find out!

Personally, this is my favorite novel of the three, and I am confident you will enjoy it, too.  

The virtual launch party starts today with a Goddess Fish Book Blast and will continue through May 19 with a Bewitching Book Tour.

The book blast includes 37 stops! I won’t list all of them here, but you can visit Goddess Fish Promotions to see the complete list with links. Best of all, the tour includes another giveaway! Visit one of the tour stops, and you can enter for a chance to win a $10 Amazon/B&N gift certificate. The more stops you visit, the more chances you have to win.

Daughter of Aithne Button 300 x 225Last but not least, today I start a 3-week virtual tour with Bewitching Books. As I’ve done in the past, at the beginning of each week I’ll post a list of tour stops for that week. This tour also has a giveaway for a $10 Amazon/B&N gift certificate, so come by, comment, and enter once again for your chance to win. Here are this week’s links:

May 1 Spotlight: Fang-tastic Books

May 1 Review: Romance Authors That Rock

May 2 Spotlight: Jeni’s Bookshelf, Reviews, Swag, and More!

May 2 Spotlight: The Authors Blog

May 2 Spotlight: Ramblings of a Book Nerd

May 3 Guest Blog at Marsha A. Moore: “How old is too old for romance?

May 3 Spotlight: Just another bookaholic

May 4 Spotlight: Mello and June, It’s a Book Thang! 

May 4 Spotlight: Books,Dreams, Life

May 5 Guest Blog for I Smell Sheep: “If I were a mad scientist, I would…”

May 5 Spotlight: Share My Destiny

That should be enough to keep you busy for now! I may be back later in the week with updates as reviews and other news comes in, and I will certainly post again one week from today with a new list of tour stops. But the best place to find me is out and about on the internet. I’d love to hear from you, so please come along with all your questions and comments about Daughter of Aithne and The Silver Web.

Don’t forget: Eolyn is FREE on Kindle this week only! And the Goodreads giveaway for Sword of Shadows ends tonight.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Sword of Shadows by Karin Rita Gastreich

Sword of Shadows

by Karin Rita Gastreich

Giveaway ends May 01, 2017.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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