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Book Review – Elmwean’s Lodge by Gregory Tasoulas

My review

I looked at the cover and I was pretty enamored. I strove hard to get to the root of the book. The concepts written were deep and philosophical. The style of writing was more like an entry into a logbook, which in recent times, seemed to have gained popularity.

The plot and worldbuilding within the parameters of a novelette is extremely difficult, but the author has given it a good try. Main character, Professor Incabad Reyl was earnest in his need to prove that the echomagnetic and aetheric fields were intrinsically linked and essentially intertwined.


“I confessed my belief that any change to one of them influences the other across the entire Horizon. That they are like the chords on the same musical instrument. That I find realism in the conjectures of astrologists, that the seasonal short cycles and the storms do influence men from birth to death.”

The book intermerged sci-fi with fantasy. It also had a few age old philosophies of life posed as questions for Professor Reyl to prove in his travels to the the outer sectors of Accadia.


“I told him about my quest to find the extinct civilizations that existed before the Long Storm. That I need to find and study the process which destroyed, not the civilizations itself, but the people who inhabited it. I need to know which parts of what we call the human spirit were made to manifest during the age of seven primary fields and which parts appeared later. I need to discover exactly how the echomagnetic fields of the Horizon reshape our aethereal spirits. An intrinsic web of conditions which trigger deformities on human spirits.”

Professor Reyl was ably supported by an interesting character Auburn in trying to understand these pollutants of spirit, and thereby replicate and reproduce the beneficial waves and destroy the evil ones, to produce brightest of spirits.

The concept was pure, his search to the outer realms in search of maleficent Wraiths was noble and exciting. To find the root cause of evil and preserve humanity was exciting.

The story started off well till it reached the point where my niggles hit me constantly. The book was more of a narration lacking the cohesion of a story. Getting the brain engaged to it is easy as shown by the initial half, keeping the brain engaged was a herculean task. The style of writing too did not help. Well, my average brain gave up trying to visualize the story in my mind.

Overall, a good first half and a difficult second half. I read the book twice to come to this conclusion.

I received a digital copy of the book from the author, and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

About Tales of Horizon

Horizon is an original storytelling world and an aspiring gaming universe. All ebooks and online content are offered for free on:
Elmwean’s Lodge is the first of a series of novelettes that follow the adventures of Professor Reyl and Auburn Thorn. It’s sequel is set for November 2018.
Their latest stories, Proving Grounds and Wildwood Wildcards, center around new characters and are set in different timelines of the Horizon.

Book blurb

Professor Incabad Reyl is the greatest scientist of his time. His equation of echomagnetic fractions marked the beginning of a new era of technological advancement for the Horizon. In 104 H.S., 30 years after his groundbreaking discovery, he sets off on an adventurous search, in order to uncover the laws that govern the dynamics between the twelve electrons of his fractional echomagnetic dynamics theory. On the way to this Master Equation, Professor Reyl will stumble upon hidden truths that will change the way humanity perceives existence.

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49 thoughts on “Book Review – Elmwean’s Lodge by Gregory Tasoulas Leave a comment

  1. As much as I love a good mix of sci-fi and fantasy and the story itself sounds pretty cool too, I usually am not much of a fan of this style of writing myself either. Well done in reading this one twice in trying to understand the second half (no worries…your secret is safe with meπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚). Sorry that this book wasn’t so much to your liking, but it was still a very cool post! 😊

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  2. I’m too dumb to read this. πŸ€¦πŸ½β€β™€οΈ

    Shalini, your brain is anything but average. You’re so smart I struggled to understand your review. πŸ˜‚ It was excellent of course. You’re a brainiac, and I mean that affectionately. πŸ’•

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  3. After reading your review and then the other comments, I have to chuckle at you, Shalini. You are WAY smarter than the rest of us, so if you had trouble understanding parts of this book, then I know I would be totally lost. LOL. I must sadly decline reading this one. I am already confused. πŸ™‚

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    • I was too Leslie, and I read it twice. I understand the gist of it. I loved the electromagnetic waves mixing with aetheric waves. But then mid way the book lost me… And by the end of it, I didn’t really understand much of the fight. If written in a story format, instead of a logbook, it would have been great, new sci-fi…
      But it is a book for the intellectuals… Not me πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ€”πŸ€”


  4. Your determination is admirable! This is in a book I would ever pick up, but I admire your desire to want to get it! Hope your next reader is better!

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  5. I should know better than to judge a book by its cover but yet I still do. I would never have expected anything, “deep and philosophical” based on this one. Lovely review!

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    • Hahaha you are so cute Gin… A big hug to you!!! Apparently this was a sci-fi political thriller too between the good spirits and bad ones in the outskirts of planet Acadia in space


  6. I read this one twice too. I finally think I figured it out. I of liked how much it made me think, Haha. I tend to go for the crazy scifi/fantasy books that have me trying to figure out what I’m reading. It was interesting, and I think I’ll continue on. As always, a fantastic review ❀

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