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Will Cleary is a young boy who disappeared to another realm and returned without his twin sister Emmy. He and his parents spend all their energy trying to find the door to the other realm in order to get his sister back. Will’s two pets, a wolf and a falcon, were with him when he returned through the pond at his house. They are his constant companions. But Will and Emmy weren’t the only ones to disappear. Will has a book with over a thousand pages of other people who have just vanished without a trace. Will is the only one out of everyone in the book to have returned.
One day, Will decides that he is going to do the unthinkable and dive into the frozen pond to try to get back to save his sister. He wakes up on the shore only to find that his pets have saved him. But they are no longer pets. Now they are see-through people who explain that they are Echoes and that Will is a Sound. Echoes are the reflections of Sounds. Every Sound has an Echo and vice versa. Will is drawn into the world of the Echoes in order to help save his sister and his Echo, the prince of Echoes.
Once in the world of the Echoes, Will must take on a new identity. Because he is the Sound of the Prince of the Echoes, Will is in danger of being found out at every turn. His adventures are quick to become very important to the futures of everyone around him.
The Crystilleries of Echoland takes the reader on a magical journey through lands you can only imagine. The writing is captivating and describes everything so that you can see it in your mind’s eye. Each chapter also begins with a vivid picture to help you along the visual journey. The characters are all well developed and their stories keep you intrigued until the end.
This book would be a must read if you enjoy fantasy stories. It has action, mystery, suspense, and magic. It would be fun for the entire family. It is geared toward young adults but is not so juvenile that adults would be bored by it. I found myself not wanting to put it down and finished it in a couple sittings. There are twists and turns to keep you guessing and the storyline ties together very well. I would say the only people who may not enjoy this book would be those looking for gory battle scenes or mushy love scenes.
This is definitely a professionally edited book as there was only one very minor grammatical error that I found. With the great writing, amazing storyline and well-developed characters, I can only rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. Dew Pellucid is definitely an author to follow!
The Crystilleries of Echoland
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