Beyond the Gloaming Pass

Equilibria Book 1

Fiction - Fantasy - Epic
433 Pages
Reviewed on 08/23/2023
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Author Biography

I write what I love to read: vibrant worlds, rich cultures and authentic, complex characters. Ever since I was small, I’ve had an extremely vivid imagination. I grew up thinking that inventing entire worlds, stories, people and places and carrying them around in my head was a perfectly normal thing that everyone did.

I wrote Beyond the Gloaming Pass because I was hungry for something different. I seek novelty. Desperately. It's one of the primary attractions of the fantasy genre in the first place. That, and escaping to a universe that reminds me how my real-world problems are trivial in comparison. As a reader, I find there is a gap in the market for variations on the tropes we know that feel fresh, while maintaining that comfort level of the familiar.

When I'm not writing or reading, I'm a product manager, ecommerce expert, and avid PC gamer. I live in Vancouver, Canada, with my mum and my dog–a cute papillon named Piper.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Joseph Ogbonna for Readers' Favorite

The first book in Rebecca Holmes’ Equilibria series, Beyond the Gloaming Pass, is an emotional high fantasy adventure. Celessilian friends Molindra and Rubriel moved from their native country in search of “greener pastures” but ended up working hard and earning little. Despite having scant knowledge of her parents, Rubriel is a multi-talented woman who does anything lawful to exist. Molindra, however, operates as an unlicensed mage, although she struggles to control her raw energy, having been disowned by her parents. The strength of their friendship is put to the test when Mr. Vesner, a wealthy merchant, offers a hefty payout to whoever dares to explore the haunted land of Langlythe. Molindra seizes the opportunity. This is the first time she takes responsibility for her future, but Rubriel is unconvinced, as she deems it too dangerous. Molindra goes anyway, and Rubriel, out of compassion, pursues her through the hostile territory of Langlythe. However, they soon find themselves on opposing sides of a bitter conflict that spirals out of control. Will they be able to work out their differences and overcome obstacles together, or will they be forced to live their lives apart and with regret?

Beyond the Gloaming Pass by Rebecca Holmes did not just keep me glued to my seat. It dominated my thoughts throughout the period I spent reading it. Rebecca takes us on a voyage into a realm where light and dark collide, and I reconsidered the meaning of friendship. The writing is flawless, and so is the plot. Right from the adventure-courting map of the Eastern Continent, it draws you in and keeps you fixated on a fantasy world that most authors would struggle to replicate. Fantasy does not get much better than this! I also liked how the author used descriptions of the terrain, such as rocks and caves, to enhance the story’s imagery. Amidst the entertainment, important lessons also appealed to my sense of morality, especially as I have grown up in a culture where monetary gifts are the norm. But Beyond the Gloaming Pass has made me realize (again) that genuine friendship is sacrifice. If you enjoy high-fantasy adventures, this book is for you, but don’t start reading until you’re less busy because this particular book is addictive.

Miche Arendse

Tensions are high in Beyond the Gloaming Pass by Rebecca Holmes when Molindra, an unlicensed mage, keeps losing control of her powers and constantly causes problems for herself and Rubriel. Considering how hard it is to find work as a blacksmith, things aren’t looking good until Molindra remembers a poster she saw with a reward of up to six thousand gold coins. Seeing no choice but to go for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Molindra finds herself in the land of Langlythe. Seemingly having no choice, Rubriel follows suit, and the two become involved in something much bigger than they could ever have imagined.

Beyond the Gloaming Pass by Rebecca Holmes is the type of fantasy book I can immerse myself in for hours without realizing it. The world-building is so wonderfully done with such descriptive scenes and an alluringly complex world. I also really enjoyed how the book focused on the friendship between Molindra and Rubriel instead of having a romantic focal point. Don’t get me wrong, I am a sucker for romance, but you want a change of pace every now and then, and Beyond the Gloaming Pass was exactly what I needed. The resilience of these two women and their ability to overcome all the hardships that come their way, even though they don’t necessarily feel like it at times, made them so inspiring and relatable. I enjoyed their contrasting personalities and the fact that both women were stubborn in their own way, making reading their perspectives much more interesting. This was such a great book, and I’d highly recommend it.

Shrabastee Chakraborty

Since Molindra’s family disowned her for accidentally destroying a laboratory with her powers, she has stayed with her friend, Rubriel. The duo left Celessil, their home city, and settled in Bantria, trying hard to stay afloat with meager earnings. One day, a minor argument escalates the tension between the friends, and Molindra decides to earn her living by venturing into the forbidden city of Langlythe, beyond the Gloaming mountains, as a part of a scout team. A worried Rubriel tries to follow her friend but cannot locate her. At Langlythe, unbeknown to either of them, they become pawns in a sinister power plot. Will Molindra and Rubriel reunite? Can they stop a brewing war that threatens to tear apart everything they hold dear? Find out in Beyond the Gloaming Pass, the first book of an epic fantasy series by Rebecca Holmes.

This book amazed me with its exceptional world-building. The storyline, full of forbidden cities, formidable mages, and vengeful spirits, was captivating. The vivid descriptions made me feel like I was watching a movie. I could easily picture the night sky pulsating with eerie green lights or the dark and meandering caves. I loved how Rebecca Holmes portrayed the contrast between easily manipulated Molindra and steadfast Rubriel, who became worthy heroines. Their true strength was overcoming doubts and insecurities and rising to the challenge. The two friends dared to enter a battle they had every possibility of losing out of sheer determination to right a wrong. I loved that their friendship survived through many seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Holmes highlighted the eternal battle between good and evil in this tale of friendship, betrayal, greed, and corruption. Despite having their fair share of questionable decisions and shameful memories, our heroines believed in their inherent goodness. Beyond the Gloaming Pass is a must-read for the fans of A Song of Ice and Fire saga.