Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Review of the Gnosis of Salmon by Lynne Marie Rowland

Synopsis: "A contemporary fantasy novel.
In search of forgiveness, a woman returns to her childhood fantasy world and finds love across time.

Healing from a broken heart at the same time as a heart attack isn’t fun, but for Elinor Hugh-Jones it has taken an unexpected and dangerous twist. When a spirit guide arrives calling her to embark on a vision quest, Elinor must face her many demons.

What Elinor doesn’t realize is that she will battle not only with the evil Necromancer of her childhood fantasy realm, Gwennec Mor, but also must confront the deep secrets of her family, and find a way to forgive the unforgiveable. She does not realize that Jimmy, the man who broke her heart, is absolutely essential to fulfilling her destiny.

She also does not realize that the paths of both her grandfathers and her mother who narrate the book, along with her child self, are inextricably linked across time, and that her quest is the only way that her entire family can be free.

How far will Elinor go to save herself and the people she loves?"

My Review: This was not the book for me unfortunately. I found it very confusing, in fact I got halfway through and had to start over because I was so lost. The jumping around of the timeline not to mention levels of consciousness/planes of existence. I also found the mix of so many different religious/spiritual view points and rituals very confusing as well. I do not want to discount the character's experiences though, as she went through a lot to recover from the events of her childhood. I did however start to find inspiration in the last 30 or so pages and loved this quote: "IT IS ALWAYS HARD TO SEE GOD’S PLAN UP CLOSE. LIKE A MOSAIC OR A POINTILLIST
I believe with the right reader who may have had or is having a spiritual experience this might be a far more enjoyable book.
My Review: This may not have been my cup of tea, but I believe that it will suit some readers better. Unfortunately it didn't speak to me. I give it a rating of Two Paws.
The Gnosis of Salmon was sent to me by the author for an honest review.
You can find out more about Lynne Marie Rowland and her work on her Goodreads Page or her Website.
You can obtain your own copy in Digital format on Amazon or on Barnes & Noble.


  1. Some books that just jump around that much are hard to read. Sorry this one wasn't great. It sounds a little weird.

    1. It is kind of frustrating when the jump around, especially when it is right at the beginning when you are still trying to get the characters and setting straight.