Review by lesler -- The Crystilleries of Echoland

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Review by lesler -- The Crystilleries of Echoland

Post by lesler » 31 Oct 2018, 14:47

[Following is a volunteer review of "The Crystilleries of Echoland" by Dew Pellucid.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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In The Crystilleries of Echoland by Dew Pellucid, Will Cleary is an unusual 12-year-old. His twin sister Emily disappeared ten years ago, and the whole in his family's soul has been hard to fill. When Will discovers he needs to enter Echoland to find his sister, he has a pet wolf and falcon who help him on his mission. Experiencing dangers of all kinds, Will must persevere to find his sister and make his parents feel better.

In an eleven-day journey through Echoland, Will works with Echoes to fight against the Fate Sealers. Fate Sealers are determined to end Will's life, and his companions do what they can to keep their charge safe. Can Will survive this hazardous land? Can Will find his sister once and for all? If Will finds and saves his sister, can they make it out of Echoland? Only time will tell in this thrilling Young Adult fantasy.

In the book's conclusion, the author states that he took twelve years to conceptualize the world of Echoland. This was time well spent, as I absolutely loved this book. The imagery provided was vivid, and I felt well connected to the main characters. I enjoyed Will Clearly, but my favorite character had to be Poudini, Will's trusty dog who traveled with him through Echoland. Poudini stole the scene at times, which provided much joy. The book also provided excellent illustrations that aided in telling the story.

This storyline was engaging, and the writing flowed smoothly. I found myself reading through the book quickly, wanting desperately to read as much as possible each session. While a fantasy, there were realistic elements involved that made this story full of mystery. In the middle of the adventure, the author does an excellent job providing a moral lesson on diversity and acceptance. With this novel being classified as a young adult fantasy, this message is important for its audience. The author does a fantastic job engaging the readers of this book, and I look forward to finding anything else by Mr. Pellucid.

I give Crystilleries of Echoland 4 out of 4 stars, for its wonderful imagery, a wonderful set of characters, and smooth storyline. I recommend this book for a person of any age looking for their next wonderful fantasy novel, comparable to the likes of Harry Potter and the Chronicles of Narnia. Will is a likable and strong main character that is capable of captivating any reader.

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Post by jjmainor » 01 Nov 2018, 21:17

Interesting. I'm trying to pick a book now, and nothing really jumps out at me. This is one of the contenders, but I wasn't exactly feeling it. Maybe I'm reading into it, but your review sounds like this was written for children...which might be fun after all.

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