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Young Adult fantasy is a genre with which I started reading. But for a while, I could not read a good YA fantasy, and when the opportunity occurred to review one, I had no second thoughts. That is how I ended up reviewing The Crystilleries of Echoland by Dew Pellucid.
As per the basic details, my copy came with 281 pages. Though it was a medium sized book, it was divided into 63 chapters and an epilogue. It carried coloured illustrations as well, which is quite unusual to see in YA novels.
Will Cleary, a boy who has disappeared with his twin sister in their infancy, has come back in a mysterious manner. He is now grown up and sees the misery that his family is under, due to the loss of his sister. Will decides to go to search for her, and ends up in a hidden world, which is underneath the human world, the ‘echoland’. Despite looking for his sister, he has to get involved in a fight to crown the actual heir of the Echo kingdom. Will he succeed? Will he find his sister? Will he be able to come back?
The first thing which came to my mind when I kept on reading was, that this book is truly inspired by the famous fantasy, the Harry Potter. The descriptions of the orphanage, the fate sealers, reminded me of the 3rd book of the Harry Potter series, the Prisoner of Azkaban. Still I am giving full credits to Pellucid, for the creation of the imaginary ‘echoland’, since it is a marvellous imagination. The author himself has mentioned at the end of the book, that he himself spent 12 years imagining the ‘echoland’.
The language use was pretty simple. It facilitated a fast reading. Use of numerous short chapters, instead of few long chapters was an addition to that. The shifting between scenes was clear with the way that the author has divided the chapters.
The ‘echoland’, the plot, the scenes were well planned and well described. But I felt like the descriptions were lacking a bit. Since this book takes the reader to a totally new world, it would have been better, if the surrounding descriptions were some more. It would have made the book a bit larger, yet it would have been more interesting.
The unexpected twists which appeared in least expected situations, made the plot really interesting. The reader is kept in suspense till the end, and this only is enough to keep the reader attracted and alert.
The book was professionally edited and I found no typos, spelling or grammar mistakes.
Anyway, I found it bit difficult to keep up with story, and it was a bit difficult to understand with the large number of characters. Many of them were given a big significance, and in my opinion this made the story a little bit complex.
And also, the happy ending was too happy for me. Only the bad guys were dead by the end but not even a single good guy, even after undergoing serious trauma. Even for a fantasy, this is too impractical.
This book is for all the YA fantasy lovers, including younger readers, since this did not contain any sexually explicit content. But anyone who cannot withstand violent acts, better to avoid reading this, since it carries few gruesome fights and killings.
I would like to give this a rating of 3.7. Since such values are not allowed, I will give this a rating of 4 out of 4 stars.
The Crystilleries of Echoland
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