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- Publisher: Joshua C. Cook; 3 edition (September 12, 2016)
- Publication Date: September 12, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01L4XZ8WG
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The Echo Worlds series explores a set of fantasy circumstances built around our own modern day existence. The basic premise is that magic is ‘real’, but that the ability to utilise it has been lost to the wisps of time. However, there is also a magical entity in another “Echo World” who is fighting to gain control of Earth, and this enemy is locked in an eternal battle with the underground “magical” faction called the Bridgefinders – the guardians of Earth. In the first novel, our protagonist is thrown into the world of the Bridgefinders by virtue of a key he has acquired. He is somewhat reluctant as a player, but ultimately he steps up and does his duty. Crisis averted.
Of course not. This was always a series, so there was always going to be more.
Now, one of my observations on the first book was that proceedings were a touch predictable. It was a good story, but at no point was I stunned by the turn of events. So, how do we get on with this second instalment?
I suspect that this surprise element has something to do with the fact that we are delving further into this interesting world, but regardless of how it’s done, the trajectory of this book is much less foreseeable – and all the more satisfying for it. And core to this unpredictability is the fact that we now have a much less unified “front line”. In book one, the friction came from Cendan’s reluctance to accept the Bridgefinders. Here, now that he is inside, we see a much less unified group of fighters, and one that is withering fast, too. Cendan has an almighty patching job to do.
And that’s if he’s allowed to in the first place, because the self-confessed “leader” of the Bridgefinders has a real problem with Cendan. This lays the path for some really great conflict.
But beyond the Bridgefinders, we are now also introduced to a strange group called the ‘Shrouded’. The Bridgefinders have known all about the Shrouded – lone-wolf and renegade users of magic – but they have also always dismissed them. But Cendan is now thrown into their midst, and he finds much more than he may have bargained for. This adds a whole other dimension to proceedings, which is great.
Some of the best bits about this book are the details we now uncover. The magic system is explained much more thoroughly in this book (partly because Cendan now meets people who accept that it is magic!), and this is well thought out. We also get some of the wider universal history, and this plays into the story which is great. The entire experience feels far deeper as a consequence.
And in the background, our magical enemy is under threat from her own creation, and this story moves along nicely to crash together with events on Earth in a very busy finale. Strap all this alongside a bubbling love triangle, and I think it’s clear that this book has something for almost everyone!
As with the first book, there are some nice characters here too. Cendan is endearing as something of a geek, and the new female character adds a really nice fiery mix to the cast. Marcus, the leader of the Bridgefinders, really shows us his true colours in this second instalment, and perhaps his trajectory is a little too strong to be believed – though I will put that down to the magical influence. Even the Echo World enemies have their own character. Great work.
Overall this is a strong second book in the series. It carries far more depth than the first, and its unpredictability leaves you eager to read more. A great read and I highly recommend it.
I have to say, all the potential I saw in the first book has been realized in this one. The story is full of twists, and delightfully unpredictable. I find the entire premise of this series so far to be a breath of fresh air—a break from the usual tired old YA tropes. Particularly unique and fascinating are the qualities of the magic the characters use. It’s not hocus-pocus or glittery beams of fairy dust, but a very complex, analytical type of magic that complements our logical hero perfectly and is well explained. Also, the essence of the Echo World system is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. Very original.
I was also impressed with the portrayals of the different character relationships, some of which, without giving too much away, get pretty… complicated, we’ll say. My only cons are that a couple of the scenes dragged a little for me, and there is a dreaded training/practice sequence. The ending, while satisfying, felt just a tad bit rushed, but overall, this novel is a super entertaining ride. While I faulted the first book for being a little dry and cold, this one has, in my opinion, struck just the right balance in tone between the technical and emotional. More warmth, more intrigue, more creative world-building, more Grellnot—what more could anyone ask for?
*I was given an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review*