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Horizon by Tabitha Lord (Review and Giveaway!)




I'm an eclectic reader and if the book description sounds good, I will read it no matter what the genre. With sci-fi books, one can expect all kinds of world-building and, of course, space travel. This book had both. Read my review and enter to win one of 5 prize packages that contains: Horizon (Book #1) and Infinity (Book #2) by Tabitha Lord and a $10 Amazon gift card!

Book Details:

Book Title: Horizon by Tabitha Lord
Category: Adult Fiction, 314 pages
Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera
Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing
Release date: December 2015
Tour dates: May 22 to July 14, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (There are a few, moderately explicit sex scenes, genocide, rape, and f-words.)

Book Description:

​Caeli Crys isn’t living—she’s surviving. On the run after the genocide of her empathic people, she witnesses a spaceship crash near her hidden camp. When she feels the injured pilot suffering from miles away, she can’t help but risk discovery to save his life.

Commander Derek Markham awakens stranded on an uncharted planet. His co-pilot is dead, his ship is in ruins, and he’s only alive because a beautiful young woman is healing him with her mind.

As Derek recovers, Caeli shares the horror of her past and her fear for the future. When Derek’s command ship, Horizon, sends rescue, Derek convinces Caeli to leave with him. But his world is as treacherous as hers—full of spies, interplanetary terrorist plots, and political intrigue. Soon the Horizon team is racing to defend an outlying planet from a deadly enemy, and Caeli’s unique skills may just give them the edge they need to save it.

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My Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

I'm an eclectic reader and if the book description sounds good, I will read it no matter what the genre. With sci-fi books, one can expect all kinds of world-building and, of course, space travel. This book had both. The story begins with Derek crashing his spaceship on the planet Almagest, where he is rescued and healed by Caeli. Caeli is of the Novali people, and she is on the run, living in the woods. She is an empathic healer, in other words she can touch a person and with her mind see where the body is injured and heal it with her mind. She can also read a person's mind by touching them.

I found this aspect of the story fascinating. Caeli uses her powers for good as the Novali people are taught to do from childhood, but the Amathi people, the enemies, all but destroyed the Novali and want to use their power as a weapon. When Caeli's story is recounted, it felt like I was reading a dystopian novel, a genre I enjoy. Toward the second half of the book, it shifts to the setting of space and Horizon, Derek's spaceship. I thoroughly enjoyed Caeli's and Derek's story, and their romance too.

Derek is part of the Alliance and he is on a mission which ties in to Caeli's world. There is action, political intrigue, romance and sci-fi adventure in this novel. The author builds her characters well and distinctly and I liked both the main characters and the secondary ones.

The story ends with a tie-in for the second book Infinity, which I am currently reading. There is content in this novel for those readers sensitive to violence and f-words. The sex scenes are not explicit, including the rape scene.

Tabitha Lord has created an exciting series in Horizon and I look forward to reading more of her work!

To read more reviews, please visit Tabitha Lord's page on iRead Book Tours.

Disclosure: Thanks to the author for a complimentary copy of the book. I was not told how to rate or review this book.

Meet the Author:



Tabitha currently lives in Rhode Island. She is married, has four great kids, two spoiled cats, and lovable lab mix. Her degree is in Classics from College of the Holy Cross and she taught Latin for years at an independent Waldorf school, where she now serves on the Board of Trustees.

Tabitha’s debut novel, Horizon, won the Writer’s Digest Grand Prize for Self-Published Fiction in 2016, and was named finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards and National Indie Excellence Awards. Infinity, the second book in the Horizon series, will be released in June 2017. Her short story “Homecoming” appears in the anthology Sirens, edited by Rhonda Parrish and published by World Weaver Press, and was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is also a senior editor for www.BookClubBabble.com.

Visit her blog at www.tabithalordauthor.com where she discusses favorite topics including parenting, teaching, and her writing journey.

​Connect with Tabitha: Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Pinterest ~ Instagram




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14 comments :

  1. Thanks for this unique and captivating feature and giveaway. The author is very creative and talented.

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    1. Thank you for the compliment! I hope you have a chance to read and enjoy the series.

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  2. Thanks for the review and giveaway as well.

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  3. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity! I haven't heard of this book until your review but it sounds amazing! I want to get more into science fiction without it being young adult, and this seems perfect!

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  4. Thanks so much for the review and for hosting me today! So glad you enjoyed the read!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Tabitha! You're making me want to read more sci-fi!

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    1. Thank you! Hope you enjoy the story.

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  6. I haven't seen these before but the covers jumped out at me, and the premise sounds great. Think I'll give these a try. Thanks for spotlighting them!!

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    1. I agree these are great covers. Hope you give the series a try!

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    2. You'll have to let me know what you think! And big shout-out to my cover artist, Steven Meyer-Rassow.

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  7. Great to see you enjoyed this book :) I have been reading reviews and it sounds like a great read and one I am definitely going to be checking out! The cover is absolutely gorgeous, too :)

    :) Megan | Ginger Mom & the Kindle Quest

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    1. I read both books and really enjoyed them!

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