Shadows of Sylvaheim

Dr Toula Gordillo: Author, Speaker, Lecturer, Clinical Psychologist and Founder of Talk to Teens

Shadows of Sylvaheim by Dr Toula Gordillo


“Many people come to Jung little by little, with the seeds planted early in life that later grow into rich and mature comprehension in the second half. Through the storyline and characters in this novel, such seeds are sown, planted amidst a world of myth and dream … a vital understanding of what it means to pass through levels and relationships of real, lived experience.”

Kerry Petherbridge ~ President, C.G. Jung Society QLD

“Toula’s is a novel approach to improving the psychological health of young people. She cleverly interweaves ancient Stoic philosophy and Jungian psychology into a fantasy fiction text to appeal to a wide variety of young people.”

Dr Paul Williams ~ Senior lecturer and award-winning author of Soldier Blue; Parallax; Playing with Words; Fail Brilliantly; Novel Ideas: Writing Innovative Fiction and others

“Dr Gordillo has created an exceptional teaching and learning tool. Shadows of Sylvaheim cleverly combines fantasy, mythology, spirituality, philosophy and meaning-making for modern youth.”

Professor Maria Raciti ~ Adjunct Fellow, Professor of Marketing and Director of Indigenous and Transcultural Research Centre, University of the Sunshine Coast

“It was a pleasure to work with Toula in the creation of her young adult novel during the Doctorate in Creative Arts research degree. The end result is an innovative blend of ancient myths, Jungian ideas and philosophy with a clear message of health and well-being.”

Dr Clare Archer-Lean ~ Author, Senior Lecturer and Discipline leader, University of the Sunshine Coast

“Dr Gordillo’s narrative is an imaginative work that will no doubt prove engaging for young adult readers. Story has an enormous power to capture the minds and hearts of youth. Toula’s attempt to harness this power, in a positive way, is a credit to her.”

Dr Eileen Herbert-Goodall ~ Author; Field of Words Director, Co-Judge and Editor-in Chief; University of the Sunshine Coast Creative writing program

Shadows of Sylvaheim is a thrilling tale of adventure that arouses curiosity and interest by marrying fantasy and symbolic imagery to explore complex themes of psychology and philosophy. Written for a young adult audience, Dr Gordillo captures the imagination, offering an avenue for the reader to better understand their sense of Self.”

Dr Angelique McInnes ~ Author and Curious Entrepreneur, Financial Planning Lecturer and Researcher, University of Central Queensland

“As a writer of young adult fantasy books for more than 20 years, I am conscious of how stories affect young adults. My school-age readers have told me how they see themselves in the roles of the heroes and villains, how they recognised themselves in the feelings and actions, in the friendships, the families, the loves, the losses, and the ideals these stories conveyed. Toula has done a fantastic job with her Sylvaheim novel. Filled with adventure and history and subliminal advice, I absolutely loved this book!”

Marianne Curley ~ Australian Award-Winning Writer of Young Adult Fantasy Fiction, notably, The Guardians of Time Series, published in more than 20 countries

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