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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Adam Copeland (November 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061532696X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615326962
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,107,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Adam Copeland was born and raised in Silverton, Oregon. He attended Southern Oregon State College (now Southern Oregon University) in Ashland, Oregon. There he studied business, chemistry and French. He spent a year study abroad in France and has ever since been passionate about traveling internationally, going to such places as diverse as Asia, Africa and Mexico. He is an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hiking, backpacking, camping, mountain trekking and scuba diving. In addition to short story and novel writing, he is a contributing writer to an online E-zine where he also makes use of his love for digital photography. Adam currently resides in Vancouver, Washington State where he is an active member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church.

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Adam Copeland was born and raised in Silverton, Oregon. He attended Southern Oregon State College (now Southern Oregon University) in Ashland, Oregon. There he studied business, chemistry and French. He spent a year study abroad in France and has ever since been passionate about traveling internationally, going to such places as diverse as Asia, Africa and Mexico. He is an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hiking, backpacking, camping, mountain trekking and scuba diving. He is a co-founder of Northwest Independent Writers Association (NIWA), an organization dedicated to helping indie writers from the Pacific Northwest write, publish, and promote their work. Adam currently resides in Vancouver, Washington State where he is an active member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church.

Customer Reviews

The story itself is a page turner.
Sue Owen
Echoes of Avalon is one of those books that is hard to put down once you pick it up!
R&V
Great writing, believable characters - and plenty of action.
jcorto

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andy on February 7, 2011
Format: Paperback
"Echoes of Avalon," by Adam Copeland embodies everything great about smaller, Indi press books. In Avalon, Copeland has carefully woven tropes from fantasy, fairytale, and legend into a delightfully entertaining story. This epic contains all the core elements like plot and character, but rendered with poetry and heart seldom seen from Big New York publishers. This book will draw you in and let you walk around in a fantastic world brought to life by Copeland's imagination and talented pen. You will enjoy your "Echoes of Avalon," I did.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brad Wheeler on April 10, 2011
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"Before you can battle monsters, you must first defeat your demons." Ironically, Sir Patrick Gawain doesn't really want to fight monsters. A burned-out crusader who's endured disappointments in love and spirit, he takes a position guarding young nobles on the island of Avalon to find a purpose in his life. Once he's there, though, the monsters find him.

I greatly enjoyed this novel. Patrick was a sympathetic character, one you felt sorry for but didn't quite pity, since many of his problems were self-inflicted. You feel pain when he's rejected, and frustration when he rejects others. Sir Patrick's plot arc is one of the most involving I've read in some time, and when he finally does defeat his demons in the end, it's a stand-up-and-cheer moment for sure.

Though Copeland doesn't pay fastidious attention to historical accuracy, the book has a distinctly medieval feeling that sets is apart from typical fantasy novels. The narrow scope and relatively few characters are refreshing compared to all of the Wheel of Time imitators near it on the shelf, and the self-defeating main character is fascinating compared to the do-gooders typical in those other books.

My main complaint about the book is that parts of the middle third tend to drag. Sir Patrick finds himself in familiar situations a few too many times, and when the action does pick up again around the 60% mark, you're happy for it. My only other minor complaint is a your-mileage-may-vary situation; I felt that the very happy ending of the last page or two was a bit forced.

Final conclusion: read Echoes of Avalon. It's a breath of fresh air compared standard epic fantasy, and I'd recommend it to anyone who thinks the genre is getting stale.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shawn Freilinger on June 5, 2011
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I really enjoyed the character development. I found myself feeling the emotions of the main character and wanting to jump into the story to help him. The book has a great mixture of history, legend and fantasy that draws you into the story.
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By Wombatant on August 15, 2010
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I went into reading this expecting another fantasy like all the others I have read. Same sense of adventure with boring characters who all have the same base Lord of the rings like characters.
Instead I was pleasantly surprised to find that this is unlike any fantasy I have ever read. It takes classic historical fiction based from the era of the crusades and warps it into a story that covers all the ancient fairy tales from old. Celtic myths like the Banshee to Norse mythology to Egyptian myths. I was taken for a ride that touched on the base Arthurian legends and followed a character who was haunted by deeds of the past until the final moments of the book. This book is great for all ages and readers. Christians will especially like this as you follow the main character, Patrick as he redeems himself in the eyes of god.

You meet the protagonist, Patrick as a man who has post dramatic stress disorder and is given a new opportunity to start over. He takes the last chance to find meaning to his life. When he reaches the mystical shores of Avalon he is cast into a place he has no identity and must unlearn what he has always known to be the truth and accept things about himself that he has tried to run away from.

I doubt I will ever be able to see the fantasy genre in the same light ever again. My eyes have been opened to a whole new way fantasy can effect me.
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Well it is not Tolkien, although his antagonist character comes from old earth, before the flood and a magical human. The hero' s not Harry Potter, or a hobbit (for sure). So it is not science fiction, maybe fantasy, Urula Le Guin? Anyway I stayed with the book because I really wanted to know how it turned out however, character development needed, in my opinion, work. Avalon was never really place in my mind. Was it near Cornwall? Seems as if it was a repository for some old bones and spirits...foggy to me.
I think for a first book is was okay and really think he should keep writing because the imagination is there.
I think he need to work out an plot outline first.
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Mr. Copeland's first novel is worth every cent. He masterfully paints a picture of the Middle Ages in the British Isles with accuracy, drama and vivid description. Echoes of Avalon packs a page-turning plot entwined with suspense, spirituality and struggle. The story indeed resurrects an obscure era of history. This fine tome is also punctuated by humor, romance and passion, all in good measure that helps make this work a masterpiece of literature. Mr. Copeland is worthy of being deemed Emerging Catholic Author of the Decade and it is thus that I heartily recommend Echoes of Avalon for any reader desiring to immerse themselves in an adventure of history and imagination.
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