Review by Shrabastee -- The Crystilleries of Echoland

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Review by Shrabastee -- The Crystilleries of Echoland

Post by Shrabastee » 26 Nov 2018, 06:11

[Following is a volunteer review of "The Crystilleries of Echoland" by Dew Pellucid.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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Twins William and Emmy Cleary went missing at the age of two. William’s pets rescued him, but Emmy was nowhere to be found. Ten years later, Will is face-to-face with two translucent beings called Echoes inhabiting his childhood pets to keep him under surveillance.

Confused? Well, allow me to explain a bit more. At the time of each birth, a mirror-image of the child is also born. These see-through Echoes live in Echoland, separated from the Sound realm where we live. However, the destinies of a Sound and its Echo are entwined by the Law of Death. By this law, an Echo is compelled to die when its Sound dies. When the former king’s brother usurps the throne of Echoland, he wants the young prince out of the way. Since Will is the prince’s Sound, killing him will ensure the execution of the Echo by the Fortune-tellers and the Fate-sealers. Burdened with this terrible destiny, can Will find his way through Echoland, survive the devious plots, and assist his twin back to his family? Why does he steal the Royal Shekel, a coin that holds the key to all secrets? To know more of his quest, you have to read The Crystilleries of Echoland by Dew Pellucid.

As with many fantasy stories, this novel depended largely on the author’s world-building abilities. Tal Boldo, using her pen-name Dew Pellucid, rose to the challenge. Essentially a snow-covered see-through place with an abundance of crystal balls, Echoland comes to life as a mesmerizing magical world. Pellucid has taken care of even the minutest detail of the imposed laws of this world.

The descriptions are vivid, the imagery beautiful. The accompanying illustrations added a whole new level of depth to the magic of Echoland. The use of cool colors such as blue and green set the icy and mystical tone. The see-through appearance of the Echoes was evident in the translucent drawings. The gaping mouths of the Fate-sealers indicated the wordless agony they create in their victims. Those illustrations by Andy Simmons and Tal Boldo complemented the story with absolute perfection.

Pellucid set the pace right from the beginning without any preamble and steadily maintains it until the end. The entire novel is divided into 63 bite-sized chapters that make the read easier for the young adult generation.

As Will continues his exploration, we get to know more about the myths and fables of Echoland. The author allows the reader time to digest the new bits of information as they come. The plot includes several well-placed twists that add to the thrill.

However, my opinion of the book is not without complaints. For one thing, the characters seem flat and two-dimensional. Some of the pre-teen boys behave like whiny children. A few characters remained a mystery. Moreover, the flow of the dialogues was not always consistent or even coherent. You had to be extremely attentive to grasp the context, especially when the boys were making plans of their quest. Additionally, some of the action scenes lacked the sense of urgency and failed to captivate me.

Considering the above-mentioned points, I rate the book 3 out of 4 stars. A couple of very minor mistakes did not detract from the reading experience. I heartily recommend this novel to young adult readers who love fantasy stories. However, the adults who do not mind a bit of magic in their books will equally enjoy this novel.

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Post by Zimall » 28 Nov 2018, 08:44

The book had many loose ends. I had to reread many passages to get them correctly as they were densely packed with alot of info at times. The author paid a lot of attention to the echo world and less to the characters that made it a annoying read. Thanks a lot for a good review ☺

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Post by Espie » 30 Nov 2018, 05:37

I'm an "adult who doesn't mind magic in the books I read" so this shouldn't be too far off from my reading list, indeed. The author's world-building flair is notable, too. Thank you for your descriptive review.
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Post by fernsmom » 30 Nov 2018, 10:28

Sounds like a great book with a few minor defects that I think I can overlook. Great review (like always of course!). Sounds like it has plots and subplots galore! Just this would be enough to get my attention: "Burdened with this terrible destiny, can Will find his way through Echoland, survive the devious plots, and assist his twin back to his family?"

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Post by Shrabastee » 30 Nov 2018, 10:33

fernsmom wrote:
30 Nov 2018, 10:28
Sounds like a great book with a few minor defects that I think I can overlook. Great review (like always of course!). Sounds like it has plots and subplots galore! Just this would be enough to get my attention: "Burdened with this terrible destiny, can Will find his way through Echoland, survive the devious plots, and assist his twin back to his family?"
Thanks Linda for your kind words (like always of course! Ha ha..). I do believe you will find this one very enjoyable!

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Post by Shrabastee » 30 Nov 2018, 10:36

Espie wrote:
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I'm an "adult who doesn't mind magic in the books I read" so this shouldn't be too far off from my reading list, indeed. The author's world-building flair is notable, too. Thank you for your descriptive review.
Thanks for the comment, Esperanza! If so, I believe you will really enjoy this book! Certain occurrences in the book reminded me of the Harry Potter series, I would like to know if others also had this feeling!

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Post by Shrabastee » 30 Nov 2018, 10:39

Zimall wrote:
28 Nov 2018, 08:44
The book had many loose ends. I had to reread many passages to get them correctly as they were densely packed with alot of info at times. The author paid a lot of attention to the echo world and less to the characters that made it a annoying read. Thanks a lot for a good review ☺
I agree. The Echoland was imagined down to the smallest details, but the characters really could have done with a bit more elaboration! Thanks so much for commenting!

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Post by Sushan » 01 Dec 2018, 10:27

I also reviewed this one. I really liked the book. Your review is well written and thanks for the effort 👍👍
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Post by Shrabastee » 01 Dec 2018, 10:32

Sushan wrote:
01 Dec 2018, 10:27
I also reviewed this one. I really liked the book. Your review is well written and thanks for the effort 👍👍
Thank you for stopping by! I would like to read your opinion on this book as well!

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Post by Sushan » 01 Dec 2018, 20:31

Shrabastee wrote:
01 Dec 2018, 10:32
Sushan wrote:
01 Dec 2018, 10:27
I also reviewed this one. I really liked the book. Your review is well written and thanks for the effort 👍👍
Thank you for stopping by! I would like to read your opinion on this book as well!
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Here is my review. Please let me know what you think about it. Thank you 👍👍
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Post by Sunnyroyish » 02 Dec 2018, 06:15

Wow! What an interesting plot. I wish I had ideas like this. Nice review. Waiting for the next one.
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Post by Shrabastee » 02 Dec 2018, 06:20

Sunnyroyish wrote:
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Wow! What an interesting plot. I wish I had ideas like this. Nice review. Waiting for the next one.
Thank you Sunny for the comment! The ideas are indeed awesome!

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Post by Debjani Ghosh » 02 Dec 2018, 11:24

I agree with you that the action scenes lacked urgency. They failed to capture my attention as well. Thanks for the review!

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Post by Shrabastee » 04 Dec 2018, 01:57

Debjani Ghosh wrote:
02 Dec 2018, 11:24
I agree with you that the action scenes lacked urgency. They failed to capture my attention as well. Thanks for the review!
Thanks Debjani for stopping by! Much appreciated!

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Post by Cotwani » 04 Dec 2018, 15:25

I was captivated by your review until you started mentioning the loose ends. I hope the author nicely ties them up! Thanks for the enjoyable review!
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