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Echo in Onyx

Uncommon Echoes, Book 1
Narrated by: Emily Bauer
Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
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A murder and a masquerade.

Brianna loves her new job as maid to Lady Marguerite. Like many high nobles, Marguerite is attended by echoes, silent creatures who look exactly like her and move in perfect synchronicity. News soon comes that Marguerite has been invited to the royal city as a potential bride for the crown prince. Brianna is delighted to accompany Marguerite to the city - and perhaps get a chance to continue her own flirtation with Nico, one of the king’s inquisitors.  

Then, disaster strikes on the road when they come under attack. The brutal assault forces Marguerite and Brianna to concoct a desperate plan. Their subterfuge just might work - but only if Brianna can keep Nico from learning the truth. And only if Marguerite can give up her own secret, doomed romance.  

And all that's at stake - is the very future of the kingdom.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase Echo in Onyx, you’ll also find in your Audible Library a map which will help you explore the world of the Uncommon Echoes series.

©2019 Sharon Shinn (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.

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Skipped ahead

Really wanted to like this series, but I've skipped ahead on all three books to the end. Mystery is intriguing about the country's political unrest, but the whole Echo thing is not working for me.

If you haven't read the blurb, Echo are beings that are carbon copies of nobility. Doing everything that their person does -- including making love -which is why most people with 3 Echos attempt to pick partners with someone who has 3 Echos -- so everyone has a mate. Honestly I thought that was sort of a bizarre plot device. So supposedly you can't stop your Echo from mimicking your actions . . . but wait. . . you can in book 2 and 3. So why even put this in the book. .

It is not that authors can't build on a theme, but it seems sort of cheating to say this is the premise, and then revise it almost immediately. Although I can see that this wouldn't be a big problem for other people.

The book(s) seemed to move at a snail's pace. Not that I don't appreciate world building. Shinn's Twelve House series is one of my favorite series. Once I start one of those books, I have to read them all because I can't stand to leave the characters. This didn't happen in this series --but to be honest it didn't happen in Elemental Blessing series either. (I love the concept of blessings)

There is too much extraneous information . .and not enough relationship building for me to recommend these books.




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