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3.78  ·  Rating details ·  150 ratings  ·  88 reviews
WINNER Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards
FINALIST Next Generation Indie Book Awards
FINALIST National Indie Excellence Awards

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
Paperback, 320 pages
Published December 1st 2015 by Wise Ink Creative Publishing
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Ashley DiNorcia
Dec 13, 2015 marked it as dnf
Going into this new year I've decided if I'm not interested and have set a book down for more than a week and have no urge to pick it back up I'll be DNF'ing it. Unfortunately this is the first victim of the year.

I received a copy of this for review on Netgalley and was really interested in the synopsis and was hoping this book would wow me. However, right from the get go I was completely disinterested in this almost entirely. Rarely would I DNF a book this early in (15%) but it's just been sitt
Irene Sim
Arc kindly provided by Wise Ink Creative Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Romance fans looking for a little sci-fi
I expected Star Trek, but in the first half of the book got a planet-bound tale of two societies struggling with each other, genocide, rebellion and a slow burning romance. The second half of the book was more of what I had expected, but I had lost interest by that point. The plot did not hold any great surprises and was pretty predictable.

I was fairly bored and did a good amount of skimming towards the end.

Too much romance and not enough sci-fi for me. Violence and sex happened mostly in the of
Jan 04, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: sci-fi
My status update reading this book pretty much says it all: This book is about as exciting as a bowl of plain, tepid oatmeal.

Seriously, this book is a snooze fest. All tell, no show, with characters that are damn near perfect to the point of being boring, I had nothing to grab on to that would keep me engaged. It was a slog to get through to the end.

It starts off in the present with the shipwreck and then goes back in time to show Caeli’s life for chapters, probably just under half the book is C
Oct 20, 2015 rated it it was ok

Publisher: Wise Ink

Publishing Date: December 2015

ISBN: 9781940014791

Genre: SciFi

Rating: 1.6/5

Publisher 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.

Review: Caeli Crys is….you guessed it, Speshul. She’s always blushing or being demur
Line Bookaholic
Jul 10, 2017 rated it liked it
***Copy provided by Wise Ink Creative Publishing and Netgalley in exchange of a honest review***

A book about space, two people coming from different planets falling in love and empathic people who can heal other with their minds. Seems like a lot of fun!

And it was. I loved the first part when Caeli meets Derek and she tells him her story. The change between present and flash back was well done and easy to follow. I loved learning more about Caeli's past.

I only gave 3 stars to this book though
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)

Horizon is a very well planned with a story that takes place in two very different worlds. Commander Derek Markham is from one and Caeli Crys is from the other. They meet when Derek crash lands on Caeli’s planet. This sets up a plot full of action, danger and of course some romance.

The story requires quite a bit of backstory about both worlds. In Caeli’s case it is done as Caeli tells her story to Derek. It is not a short telling. In fact when you put all of the elements together they are the s
Mark Gardner
Oct 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
There was considerable world building in this story. In many Sci-fi books, this world building comes across like a tired old history book, and is often an imposing wall of text. Not the case with Horizon. Although the first chapters did seem slower than later chapters, the payoff is a complete understanding on the theme of the book: Redemption. I did find some of the later scenes, and character actions a little far fetched, but that was because I came to know the characters, and when they did th ...more
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I bought this book when I was in Chicago this past summer and I have just gotten around to reading it. I enjoyed the story of Caeli Crys and her journey. It wasn't the most action packed of stories, but I'm glad I read it. I would just say the character development seemed a bit rushed. Overall though, this was a really good book. ...more
Dee/ bookworm
Oct 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
What I liked: I really like Caeli character. You get to really know her. She shows herself growing up, adult life, the attack, creating a new life and then finding the pilot. I liked how most of the intimate nature was there but not explained. It was nice for that to be private between the couple and it is more intimate that way.

What didn't work for me: You never really got to know Derek. He seemed like a good guy, but he could have just been that guy for Caeli He could have been like Marcus. He
Dichotomy Girl
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book started out quite interesting. A space ship crash, an injured man, a girl with strange psychic healing powers, a planet at war. There were other small problems, the characterizations were little weak. But the main problem was that about halfway through, the book loses itself, as the reader is suddenly whisked off planet and subjected to intergalactic politics that you don't really care about...while wond
Elizabeth Miceli
May 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was incredible. I loved Caeli and Derek's relationship! What an awesome dynamic between the two of them and a great mix of despair, action, love, and joy! This book made me yell, laugh and cry. Everything you need in a book! ...more
Harlyn Bryan
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this fast paced science fiction novel. We start off with Caeli saving the life of Derek all with her mind! This is when we are introduced slowly to Caeli, her people, her past and how this connects with her future. The novel evolves in a way that keeps you hooked to her story, her people and how can she possibly save them.

I felt such pain for her - I can't even begin to imagine the suffering and hurt she has gone through. She is such a kind soul and her greatest gift is to heal others.
Harry Brake
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thanks to the contribution of Monica Wheatley, meeting Ms Tabitha Lord, we received the novel, Horizon at the Woodbridge High School. I contacted Ms Lord, and we are trying to line her up to be on of the authors for Woodbridge's first author panel in the Spring of 2018. At the same time, I started her novel.

At first, I had a problem getting into the role - trying to figure out how Caeli knew certain things, how Derek was going to really come forward as a leading character - it just took me awhi
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Horizon is a sci-fi novel based in a war zone. A war torn planet, an empathic girl, a warrior and the need to save those who are left.

When Derek crash lands on a planet he is dying when a girl rescues him and heals him. The girl is Caeli a member of an empathic race who were killed. She is now on the run from the people who killed her race. The book flashes between the present and Caeli’s past through the empathic connection Caeli shares with Derek. This was an intriguing concept and lent itself
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-read
Horizon is Tabitha Lord’s debut novel, a self-published sci-fi adventure. While I don’t often pick up self-published novels, this one came as a recommendation from someone I trust, and seeing it up on Netgalley was the push I needed. While it’s taken me much longer than planned to get to Horizon – too many books, never enough time – I’m certainly glad that I did, and I found a story within that really catered to my literary tastes.

Caeli Crys isn’t living—she’s surviving. On the run after the gen
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This sci fi has a different plot, strong intrigue and romance. My rating 4.25.

Caeli is a healer and a sensitive empath. She is one of the few remaining of her gifted people after a split off race on her planet attacked and destroyed her community. They took the children to be brainwashed and a handful of survivors to use for their skills and as a cover-up to the truth. Caeli had begun to settle in working with the Doctor and hospital staff at the new community. She was asked to join an undergrou
Melanie Noell Bernard
I received this free digital ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

Pacing: The first half of the book blazed by and not in a good way. The entire first half of the book was basically an info-dump in which the author set up the characters to give reasons for their interactions in the second half of the book. That being said, the second half of the book, while slow, moved at a more understandable and enjoyable pace. Still, there was a lot of breezing by to get to th
Mari (Smut Duchess)
3.25 - 3.5 ⭐

This was an OK sci-fi read.

Poppy is and empath and healer. On her world the population is split between those who have some sort of paranormal ability and those that don't. After the majority of her people are killed she escapes her enemies and is living off the land. She sees a spaceship crash and saves the pilot. That starts her adventures with Derek, and Alliance Commander.

I thought the plot dragged on at times and there were a few scenes that were just plain boring. There is a
The Potholes
Oct 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: meh
Author: Tabitha Lord

Genre: Sci Fi and Fantasy

Release Date: Dec 1, 2015


He’s a pilot with an interplanetary alliance working to fight off some emotionless/merciless aliens.

She’s an empath who escaped the genocide of her people and saves the aforementioned pilot with her phenomenal cosmic powers when he crash-lands on her planet.

Together they (kind of?) fight crime.


Overall, the book was completely and totally adequate.

It’s your average science fiction rebellion story, complete with
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I learned about this book from Writer's Digest, this book won the self publishing award. It was well deserved this was a terrific book. The author does a good job of world building, character development and plot development. If I have any criticism is that the characters could stand to have a few more flaws to make them a little more believable. I am starting on the sequel next. ...more
Stanley Trice
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
This self-published book is well written with a good plot. It is the first in a series of books (the rest have not been written) about the adventures of Caeli Crys.

The backstory and world building in the first part of the book is written like a novel in a novel and well done. It tells Caeli’s life as a Novali living on the planet Almagest with another group of people called the Amathi. The biggest difference between the two groups is the Novali can do things with their minds like hide the planet
Aug 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
I received a free copy via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.

This is a really poor Science Fiction opera.
I found the characters to be one dimensional and the story one of the worst I have read.
Personally I would leave this well alone.
Oh my. Oh my, oh my, oh my.

Working on a review; sit tight, my dears!
Jeremy Michael Gallen
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
This science-fiction novel opens on the planet of Almagest, with each new chapter indicated by a character from whose third-person perspective the novel is narrated, akin to George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire franchise, with a significant number of early chapters indicated BEFORE and AFTER a certain piece of backstory that occurs with Caeli Crys, one of the primary protagonists, the bulk of the other chapters from the perspective of Derek, the only survivor of a spaceship crash that Cae ...more
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Although I usually tend to read more on the fantasy side of speculative fiction, I really am glad I picked up Horizon by Tabitha Lord! It is a well-paced, intriguing space opera with endearing main characters. Caeli is a wonderful character, full of emotion and strength despite the hardships that she has endured, and I rooted for her throughout the book. The scientific/medical knowledge in the book is spot on and believable (you can tell Tabitha Lord knows her stuff in this area) and Caeli's pow ...more
Karen Siddall
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Derek Markham crash lands his fighter on a previously unknown planet after an attack by a mercenary ship that suddenly appeared out of nowhere. Derek is the leader of a fighter squad attached to the space ship, Horizon, who had been sent to set a probe to mark the location of a previously unidentified planet. His crewmate dead and he himself critically injured, he is found and healed by Caeli Crys, a fugitive slave that had faked her

Bill Green
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
I simply couldn't get excited as I read this book. I felt that I was reading a young person's story. The characters were simple and lacking depth; the story pretty much the same.

It's about a human-like empathic woman meeting a man who crash lands on her planet.

There's little character development, and in a short time these two are in love with each other. I found it difficult to connect or understand their attraction for each other; there simply wasn't enough depth in the writing to accept this
Mike Milligan
Feb 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Oh no the spacecraft is crashing.

This is one of those 'Fun to read', stories that gives everything you want, A beautiful woman with mind reading skills, somewhere on a planet with little to no population, somewhere you can get away from people and live off the land, then, we must have an alien presence, of the opposite sex (of course), who happens to be someone important on a spaceship with a mission and desperately wants you to join him in the stars. Sounds like a good nights dream. Haha I now
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Tabitha's HORIZON series has won seven independent book awards. In addition to writing novels and short fiction, Tabitha is managing editor for the Inkitt Writer's Blog and a partner and senior writer for Book Club Babble. She lives in Rhode Island with her husband, four kids, and various fur babies.

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