Wednesday 20 July 2016

Book Blast & Giveaway - Sword of Shadows by Karin Rita Gastreich

Sword of Shadows
Author: Karin Rita Gastreich
Genre: Dark Fantasy

Book Description:
Sisters in magic, Eolyn and Adiana seek to revive a millennial tradition once forbidden to women. When war strikes, their fledgling community of magas is destroyed; its members killed, captured or scattered.

Determined to defend her people, Eolyn seeks to escape the occupied province and deliver to King Akmael a weapon that might secure their victory. Trapped by the invading army, Adiana is taken prisoner and placed at the mercy of the ruthless Prince Mechnes.

Even as their world is torn asunder, Eolyn and Adiana cling to a common dream. Courage and perseverance guide them toward a future where the Daughters of Aithne will flourish in a world set free from the violence of men.

"War propels the story forward, and the characters are at their best when circumstances are at their worst." -Publishers Weekly

This is the second book in THE SILVER WEB trilogy. It can be read as a stand-alone novel, or as the sequel to the first book, EOLYN.

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Mechnes strode to the table where a soldier had left Renate’s head. He took his time unwrapping the bundle, exposing Renate’s matted tresses, the ragged edge of severed flesh, the face—oh, Renate’s face! Stiff, gray, and lifeless. Never again would she laugh, drink wine, cast a spell, or heal a friend.

Adiana’s stomach clenched, and she fought the surge of bile in her throat.

Calm, she told herself. I must remain calm.

Just as Renate had, just like Eolyn would, without as much as a change in the rhythm of her breath.

“Who is this woman?” Mechnes’s voice hit Adiana like a spear.

“It is…” Adiana’s throat tightened. “Was Maga Eolyn.”

Mechnes grunted as he studied the gruesome package. “And who are you?”

“My name is Adiana.”

“You are this woman’s scullery maid?”

Adiana swallowed. She had learned how to lie during her youth in Selkynsen, after her parents were killed and she fled to the piers. Lies must be presented on a bed of truth, or they lose their seductive power. “No, I am not a servant. I am a musician from Selkynsen. Maga Eolyn brought me to Moehn to teach music to her students.”

“Music?” Amusement broke on Mechnes’s face. He seemed genuinely surprised. “What use do magas have for music?”

“Music is also magic, according to the traditions of Moisehén. Eolyn says…used to say that it’s a form of Primitive Magic, the oldest and most sacred of all.”

“So you are a maga?”

“No.” The thought came, terrible and unbidden, that now she would never be. “I only play music.”

“Then Maga Eolyn was trying to protect you by saying you were a scullery maid? How curious.” Mechnes draped one end of the bloodied cloth over Renate’s disfigured face. “I can assure you a musician will find a much better place among the Syrnte than a scullery maid.”

“I don’t intend to find a place among the Syrnte.” Adiana’s breath stalled under the look he gave her. “What I mean is, my home is here, in Moisehén, not with the Syrnte.”

“It’s all one kingdom now. Or perhaps better stated, will be soon.”

About the Author
Karin Rita Gastreich writes stories of ordinary women and the extraordinary paths they choose. She lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where she is part of the biology faculty at Avila University. An ecologist by vocation, Karin has wandered forests and wildlands for over twenty years. Her past times include camping, hiking, music, and flamenco dance. In addition to THE SILVER WEB trilogy, Karin has published short stories in World Jumping, Zahir, Adventures for the Average Woman, and 69 Flavors of Paranoia. She is a recipient of the Spring 2011 Andrews Forest Writer’s Residency.

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  1. Congrats on the tour and I enjoyed the excerpt :)

  2. Looks like an interesting book ;)

  3. Thank you for the giveaway!

  4. Thanks! I just went and purchased the first book.

  5. The book description and excerpt sounds intriguing. Thanks for sharing. Love the cover too.

    1. Thank you, Solange. The cover art and design is by Thomas Vandenberg, who also did the cover for the first book in the series, EOLYN.

  6. I am excited to read this. I have read Trick or Treat! and Creatures of Light. I'm a fan.

    1. Thanks, Misty! Someday I hope to expand Creatures of Light into a full novel.

  7. Sounds so great! Thanks for sharing!

  8. I love the bond between sisters

    1. Me too! I have a wonderful sister and I am so grateful that she is a part of my life.

  9. The Silver Web Trilogy sounds exciting, I would enjoy reading these books. Thank you

  10. Sounds like an intriguing book. Love it!

  11. I have added this book to my TBR list and look forward to reading this book!

  12. Thanks for the great giveaway!
    The book sounds amazing!

  13. Replies
    1. Thank you, Emily! The cover art & design is by Thomas Vandenberg, who also did the cover for the first book in the series, EOLYN.

  14. Thanks for the chance to win :)

  15. Finally a story showcasing the power of women and the strength of their bond!

    1. Thank you, Sue. The whole trilogy focuses on this theme. I hope you enjoy it.

  16. Great cover! Thanks for hosting.

    1. Thank you, Sandra! Cover art & design is by Thomas Vandenberg. He also did the cover for the first book in the series, EOLYN.