The Silver Web Trilogy

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Cover art and design for The Silver Web is by Thomas Vandenberg

The Silver Web Trilogy follows the story of a young woman, Eolyn, who inherits a tradition of magic forbidden to women in her world. The saga unfolds as she and her allies embark on a complex struggle to return women’s magic to their people. They fight oppression, persecution, and a well-entrenched, often brutal, patriarchal system.

Although a work of fantasy fiction, the trilogy incorporates Dr. Gastreich’s background in biology and ethnobiology through its system of magic, grounded in an intimate understanding of the natural world. The Silver Web has been well received, garnering positive reviews from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews. The third novel in the trilogy, Daughter of Aithne, received the 2017 OZMA Award for Fantasy Fiction from Chanticleer Reviews.

If you like courageous women willing to take on an epic struggle that spans generations, this is the adventure for you. Discover a world of gripping battles, heart wrenching loss, hard-won triumphs, and the ultimate magic of love.

“A tale of female oppression, prejudice, and even deadly seduction, Eolyn touches on issues that are deeply relevant in our own society.” –Apex Reviews

“Lush, evocative descriptions carry readers through an unforgettable journey.” –Kirkus Reviews

“Eolyn is a stand-out character.” –Publishers Weekly

“Magnificently written.” –Kindle Book Review

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Eolyn cover flat2 reduced 1 22 16EOLYN (Book 1 of THE SILVER WEB)

Last daughter of a millennial tradition of witches and sole heiress to their forbidden craft, Eolyn seeks to restore women’s magic against forces of betrayal, persecution, and war. Book One of the critically acclaimed Silver Web Trilogy will thrill you with dark, lyrical imagery, timeless heroism, and heart-wrenching loss.

“Vigorously told deceptions and battle scenes, with a romantic thread.” – Publishers Weekly

A “dreamlike, fairy-tale ambiance…immersive political machinations and grand-scale battles.” –Kirkus Reviews

“Headstrong, hopeful, and fiercely loyal to her roots, Eolyn is a character you can’t help but stand behind.” –Apex Reviews

“Magnificently written.” –Kindle Book Review

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Sword of Shadows Kindle 3SWORD OF SHADOWS (Book 2 of THE SILVER WEB)

Eolyn and Adiana enter a bitter struggle to defend their besieged kingdom against the darkest forces of war. Courage and perseverance guide them toward a future where women’s magic will flourish in a world set free from violence – But first they must be willing offer the greatest sacrifice.

“War propels the story forward, and the characters are at their best when circumstances are at their worst.” –Publishers Weekly

“Lush, evocative descriptions carry readers through an unforgettable journey.” –Kirkus Reviews

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Winner of the 2017 OZMA Award for Fantasy Fiction

doa-2b-copyDAUGHTER OF AITHNE (Book 3 of THE SILVER WEB)

In the climactic finale to The Silver Web trilogy, threads of love, honor, betrayal, and vengeance culminate in a violent conflict between powerful women, opposed to each other yet destined to shatter a thousand-year cycle of war.

“Eolyn is a standout character….Fans of the trilogy won’t want to miss this hard-hitting finish.” –Publishers Weekly

“An enticing and elegant series finale filled with magic and turmoil.” –Kirkus Reviews.

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Praise for Karin Rita Gastreich and The Silver Web

“At times both heartwarming and heart-wrenching, the story warns young women about the ways in which the world will try to take advantage of them—but it does so in a way that never denies them their magic.” – Apex Reviews

“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…” –Publisher’s Weekly review of Eolyn

“Gastreich’s unhurried but engaging tale is heavily populated with characters and social themes, including feminism and bigotry….But the story’s greatest triumph is Gastreich’s prose, a consistent blend of lyrical verse and dark imagery…” –Kirkus Reviews Sword of Shadows

“I especially love that this trilogy has such intriguing women playing significant roles on both sides of the story…” –The White Sky Project

“Ms. Gastreich’s uncanny talent for truly creating a world her readers can become part of is a rare gift, and one she shares abundantly.” –Terri-Lynne DeFino, author of The Bar Harbor Retirement Home for Famous Writers (and Their Muses)

“The beautiful descriptions and captivating characters will draw readers in and keep them turning page after page. Fantasy at its best!” –DelSheree Gladden, author of Wicked Hunger

“Although rooted in traditional fantasy, Eolyn stretches and breaks the bounds in many ways, leading to a read that is fresh and unpredictable.” –Shauna Roberts, author of Like Mayflies in a Stream

“Gastreich’s Eolyn focuses on the emotional, political, and physical conflicts between powerful and three-dimensional characters.” –Carlyle Clark, author of The Black Song Inside

“Humour leavens the story…but never becomes intrusive or undermines the strong threads of loss, duty, romance and revenge that permeate the book. And the action is often superb.” –David Hunter, author of A Road of Blood and Slaughter

“A book to savor first at great length, and then revisit over and over again.” –Lucy Crowe, author of Sugarman’s Daughter

“Masterfully written.” –The Kindle Book Review of Eolyn

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