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Elji and the Galrass

(The Essence Saga #1)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  19 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Elji, a boy from a village outside the city of Mehem discovers a "Galrass" a tool usually wielded only by those who understand its power. Perhaps it was left for him to find or perhaps it was just a random happening?

The Galrass embroils him in a struggle he never expected to be part of or even imagined existed. Dregar, a being from a different planet and galaxy ‘feels’ the
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Published June 25th 2018 by World Castle Publishing, LLC
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David Baird
Sep 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Elji is a young boy whose life is about to be turned upside down when he finds a strange stone. This is no ordinary stone's a Galrass which has unimaginable power.

Dregar senses Elji and his Galrass and takes him under his wing. He's not the only one who has sensed the presence of the Galrass and we learn of beings, The Four, from far away who watch and influence the development of other worlds to one day see them reach the same enlightenment they have reached. They don't wish to push
M.H. Thaung
This is a fairly short book with an intriguing premise involving forces of harmony vs disruption against a background of (infinite, maybe?) alternate universes. Naturally, into this is dropped Elji, the young lad of the title role. He rapidly gets immersed in matters beyond his initial understanding.

The author has put a lot of thought into his worldbuilding, and there are some lovely descriptive details. The prose was easy to follow. I did notice a few typos (mainly missing punctuation marks) bu
Kathryn Waldrom
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was recommended to me as being a book I should read because of my beliefs and experiences of a spiritual nature. It’s not one I would naturally have picked up but I’m certainly glad I did.
It is a book that cleverly brings some beliefs and ancient knowledge of human history and existence into a novel with well thought out characters whom you identify with immediately and can understand what they bring to the story easily.
To me , although there are no storyline similarities, it does wh
Dean Jones
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some Wonderful Concepts

I read this book without checking out the blurb as the author was giving free copies away on twitter so I thought "hey, why not."

This isn't a long story, as fantasy goes, but it certainly packs a lot of tale in. The concept of universal energy (or essence) is well explained though occasionally over explained. Unfortunately, for me, there are several chapters of info dump that I felt didn't really add to the story and I found myself skimming these without losing the thread
Rebecca Hefner
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In this debut fantasy novel, the author creates a vivid new world that takes the reader on a magnificent journey. The author's imagination is vast and immediately thrusts the reader into the action. There are many characters, each that have their own endearing and sometimes not-so-endearing qualities. Themes of love, destiny and fate all intertwine so that the characters begin to appear real in your mind! Fans of Lord of the Rings or similar books will definitely enjoy this read! ...more
Susan Duffield-Lodge
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I feel as though I've been on the most magical and transcendent journey. The worlds that Colin Sinclair has created along with the wonderful characters are mesmerizing. I highly recommend Elji and the Galrass. You won't be disappointed. It's the best Fantasy novel I've ever read. ...more
Kim Shelley
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
WOW! What can I say? It took me a week to read as I was just so so busy with work and meetings, but I got there eventually.

This was fantastic! It cruised along at a steady pace and it was never too much or too little. Fantastically written and everything was described so well I actually thought I was there. I don’t think I’d like to end up in that dark place of nothingness and pure black.

Elji is a 16 year old boy when he finds the galrass. He has a lot to learn and in the process he grows up and
Stephen J. Wolf
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Philosophical and interesting

Overall the story is interesting and it explores the reality behind reality, if that makes sense. The theme of love and hope is prevalent through the tale. Explore the role of “gods” and the concepts that should motivate society.

There is a larger cast of characters and keeping them straight takes time. There is a “Matrix moment” where one character gains knowledge and abilities at an unfathomable rate and ruins that character’s natural story progression, which coul
Catherine McCarthy
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Review – Elji and the Galrass
Firstly, I don’t read sci-fi though I do read fantasy. I would consider this novel to be a cross of both. The prologue and beginning definitely hooked me in and I found myself quickly warming to the main character Elji and his plight. The author has been very imaginative in his thoughts and descriptions - the reader is provided with a powerful sense of place throughout. I would describe it as a very lively read – there are no ‘slow’ moments. I also liked the way in w
TNE Book Critic
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Would you leave everything behind if you had the power to change the universe? Elji, a young boy is forced to make that decision after stumbling upon a magical black rock, known as the Galrass. Unbeknownst to Eliji, the black rock provides its rightful owner, the power to travel to different universes, time, and space. Three out of the five creators of the universe: Elgred, Charina and Lphapsot called upon Eliji to help them fight against Framin. Framin, was one of the creators of the universe t ...more
S.r. Algernon
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Elji and the Galrass appealed to me as a light fantasy with Tolkienesque elements and some large-scale magic that reminded me of Zelazny's Chronicles of Amber. It wove together many familiar tropes in the genre - a boy with a destiny plucked from obscurity, a Manichean contest between forces of hope and darkness, magic artifacts and ancient civilizations. The story moved quickly in drawing the cast of characters together and immersing them in a detailed cosmology. As a tale within the fantasy ge ...more
A.J. O'Brien
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful book, well written with good character development and plot. Elji is a young man who finds a Galgrass, a mystical stone with unimaginable powers. I won’t give the story away, but If you’re into fantasy, portals, adventure and the quest to defeat the power of evil for universal peace then this is the book for you.
Melissa Jane
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
Way too many POV'S from a wide variety of characters. A little too mystical and not enough proper explanations. I lost track of the story a few times and honestly didn't care enough to try and get involved with the book. ...more
Rachel Hurst
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Colin creates great imagery with his descriptive writing which allows you to become immersed into the story. Really enjoyed learning about the different characters throughout the book and am looking forward to the next in the series.
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