The plot is a young girl, later a grown woman, who’s homeland is conquered by an empire. She has a mother and two fathers, which the empire tries to outlaw. Being attracted to the same-sex is also outlawed and her behavior is policed very closely once she is put into a position of power. She tries to bring down the empire through the inside, using her intellect. The empire itself prides itself on being a meritocracy, and doesn’t distinguish between the sexes. Though it comes off a bit heavy-handed with its social justice themes, it’s well-written and suspenseful.
Great female heroines of magic.
- Runais the main character, a young sorceress who saves her grandfather from an evil sorcerer.
- Opaline, a bastard princess who risks all to save her friend Runa.
- Sirah, Opaline’s mother, a sorceress born a slave but now magical and free.
It is not about them finding a man, but fighting evil and saving their friends and family from evil forces.
Firstly, it doesn’t clash against anything mentioned in the FAQs. The protagonist is a 16 year old mute(!) female, whose lack of magical power is actually her greatest strength. She’s allowed to be true to herself and ‘ask’ for help, while also growing and coming to terms with who she is throughout the book. There’s no romance subplot, and no cliche ‘strong female character’ trope either, inasmuch as Sarene (the main character) doesn’t ever have to dress as a boy or ‘play up’ her femininity. She’s just allowed to be herself – a well rounded character.
EOLYN, Book One of THE SILVER WEB, is the story of one woman’s struggle to define her own path in a world largely ruled by men. Sole heiress to a forbidden tradition, Eolyn must choose between the man she loves and the path of women’s magic, a path where she will risk persecution and death. The first of a three-part series, EOLYN chronicles the rise of women’s magic from the ashes of a brutal war, and the return of balance to a society that has drifted too deep into patriarchy. A recent review from KIRKUS praised the novel for its “strong heroine” and “weighty themes (namely, sexism)”.
EOLYN is currently available on Kindle, with a paperback edition to be released in May 2016.