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The Crystilleries of Echoland

Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
Categories: Teens, Ages 11-13
4.5 out of 5 stars (35 ratings)

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An award-winning teen fantasy-mystery.

Described by fans as "complex", "intriguing", "imaginative", “gripping”, and “Harry Potter-like”. 

Thousands of children disappear from our world. No one sees the kidnapping; or if they do, they forget. But one toddler returns after a week, riding a wolf with a falcon circling over him. That boy is Will Cleary. 

Will tries to live a normal life. But his twin sister is still missing, and their parents never stop searching for her. Then, just before his 13th birthday, Will's pets reveal a secret to him. (Though how it happens will remain a secret, until you listen to the audiobook.) 

A hidden world lies beneath our feet, a land filled with see-through trees and lucent people. They call us Sounds, and they are our Echoes; for each one of them is a reflection of one of us. It is a sparkling, beautiful place, a winter wonderland. But there is evil there, a terrible law, the law of death. 

When a Sound dies in our world, his Echo is executed in Echoland. And there are those who reverse the order of things to achieve their wicked ends. They hunt the Sound of the Echo they want to kill. Then, the first death leads to the second as surely as lightning leads to thunder. 

Is that what happened to the missing children in Will's realm? Did someone want to murder their Echoes? Or are these Sounds still alive, trapped somewhere in Echoland? 

Will tries to escape the frightening answer. But dangers sweep him into that magical, see-through land. And there, in a fortress filled with castaway children, a 200-year-old riddle lies buried. The most important boy in Echoland will help Will solve it, with a handful of other kids. For the fate of Echoland, and of the Sound realm, depends on the answer. 

An answer hidden in an ancient book...deep in a frozen lake of gems...beyond a buried door...at the foot of the greatest Crystillery of all. 

But many men and monsters, crystal balls and spying eyes, will try to stop the brave teens. For how see-through your skin is is all-important in Echoland. And when this ancient hate will end, the realm of the Echoes will change forever. 

"A young hero must ally with his alter ego in an intricate parallel universe in order to rescue his sister and save his own life. A gripping...fantasy coming-of-age novel." (Kirkus Reviews)

Winner of seven book awards.

©2018 Tal Boldo (P)2018 Nothing but the Story

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Exciting story to listen to!

I really enjoyed listening to this story. The story itself was exciting, with colorful characters and many plot twists. The hero, twelve-year-old Will Clearly has a unique coming-of-age experience by traveling into a parallel world to find out the fate of his twin sister, and gets pulled political mayhem. The narration was a joy to listen to, with different voices for each character, and was charged with emotion so I could feel the story. I am planning on listening to this one again soon!

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Lovely fairytale

This audiobook was a charming story that reminded me of The Snow Queen, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and Harry Potter. Despite this, it is a unique tale about a boy who would do anything to find his sister. The narration is flawless and definitely adds to the experience.

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An Unforgettable Experience

I so enjoyed listening to this, my first audiobook! Pellucid did such a fantastic job with creating a story that was at once thrilling and unique. She captivated me with the world she had created, not just with the scenery but with the culture and customs, as well. B.J. Harrison did a great job of bringing each character to life with their own accents and tones. His vocal stylings made this an unforgettable experience that I will not soon forget. I recommend this book to people who enjoy fantasy and adventure. It reminded me of The Chronicles of Narnia, but was in itself a unique story. I look forward to listening to the second book in this series!

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Exciting Thrill-ride

This story was an exciting thrill-ride, and I would especially recommend hearing the audible version for added enjoyment. The narrator, B.J. Harrison, does a superb job of bringing the story to life. Each character has a different voice, from the deep-throated wolf to the sweet voice of Emmy. Mr. Harrison narrates in his distinctive British accent, but he acts out the other parts of the story making each character sound unique and colorful.

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Good for a young adult reader

This is a fantasy novel that centers around a young boy who was kidnapped as an infant along with his twin sister, and who later returned, alone. The protagonist must venture into a magical mirror-realm in search of his twin, and enters into danger and intrigue in the process.

This story is on a par with the first two or three "Harry Potter" books in its target audience. A preteen to teenage reader would appreciate them greatly; however, an adult reader can find many qualities in them as well. It is a worthwhile read.

I have to disagree with other reviewers - I felt that the narrator struggled with accents, and seemed to choose them at random, sometimes forgetting which characters have what dialects. Although this does not prevent the reader from enjoying the story, it is somewhat distracting.

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Exciting Adventure!

I loved the audio version of this book! The narrator really brings the story to life and even scared me silly a few times with some of the voices. The story itself is well written and intriguing. I would rank it right up there with all of the great works of YA Fantasy, like Harry Potter and Chronicles of Narnia. I could easily see this made into a movie. All in all the book is very well done and a fun jaunt through Echoland.

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PERFECT narration of a magical, mystical journey

4.5 STARS. Print and Audio Book Review: The Crystilleries of Echoland is a magical, mystical journey into the parallel Echo realm where twelve-year-old Will Cleary finds his identity is not what he believed it to be and even things in his world are not what they seem. The premise is wonderful – haven’t all of us wondered at times about the existence of parallel worlds? Throw into the mix that it’s an often Harry Potter-like world with fantastic feats and beasts, full of mystery and danger, and you’ve got a winning combination that readers will devour.

The Echo realm is pure magic -- a mystical, shimmering world of illusions and often deadly realities. There are plenty of colorful characters, including the terrifying but intriguing Fate Sealers (think Dementors from HP, but even more gruesome). Lessons of friendship and loyalty, accepting differences, and putting others before one’s self make The Crystilleries of Echoland an impactful reading choice.

Author Dew Pellucid's imagination is wondrous and the author's ability to put ideas to paper is phenomenal. The author truly immerses the reader into the setting where descriptions are vibrant, emotions are strong, and danger feels real. Andy Simmons's haunting CGI illustrations draw readers into the Echo realm, its characters, and its landscapes, and are a good forced pause between chapters that are sometimes relentlessly fast-paced. The writing and artwork allow for readers to truly escape into an otherworldly experience every time they turn the page.

ABOUT THE AUDIO BOOK: The narration of The Crystilleries of Echoland is outstanding. Narrator B.J. Harrison is flawless in his portrayal of the many voices and personalities within the story. His pacing and emotion perfectly match the intended tone and mood of the plot, and listeners will be delighted with his accent. I would listen to him narrate directions for assembling a box and be engrossed.

Be warned -- there is a fair amount of death and killing, often remorseless, and some moderately intense, even grisly scenes of violence. The audience feels tween/middle-grade, but with those elements in mind, it’s best suited for more mature young readers and older. From a technical perspective, the Grammar Policewoman issues a citation because the book needs another pass by the proofreader to correct typos, punctuation and capitalization errors, and the overuse of the word “lucent.”
Twists and turns abound, and readers will find themselves utterly immersed in this story right up to the satisfying ending, which leaves open the possibility of more Echoland adventures. (Fingers crossed.) Prepare to be thinking about the fantastic Echo world, where there is adventure, danger, and beauty beyond imagination, long after finishing The Crystilleries of Echoland.

Thank you to the author for sending me a beautiful, color illustrated copy of this book plus an audio download in exchange for my honest opinions of each – the only kind I give. This full review and other special features on Hall Ways Blog kristinehallways.blogspot.com

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Interesting Storyline.

Enjoyed the different take on the fantasy genre. The story is complex. I found this YA novel intriguing. I kept my attention throughout the book. I recommend not only for YA readers but adults as well.

The narrator BJ Harrison did a wonderful job of bringing this novel to life. His reading was expressive.

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Great Book! Can't Wait For More!

I think this is a great book. I plan on listening to it again with my kiddos. I think they will both love it. I am truly looking forward to more books by this author. I loved the fact that they used hebrew in the book instead of making up a language as many other tend too... I also personally love the language... Can't Wait For More!

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A unique story of friendship and fantasy

I really enjoyed the The Crystilleries of Echoland. The concept for the book is very original and I often wonder how the author thought of such a thing. Imagine at the beginning of life, there is two births. A sound, which is a human like you and I, and an echo. The sound lives in the world we know today and the echo goes to Echoland. Will, the main character, once disappeared to Echoland with his twin sister at the age of two. Unfortunately only Will returned to the sound world. Will's parents have been trying everyday to return there and try to find Emily. But it is Will who finds a way to pass to Echoland. Now he must find his sister and safely return to the sound world. As we know, things can never be that easy. Will finds himself on many adventures, making friends and adversaries along the way. The book was often reminding me of the Harry Potter series while reading it. Therefore I really enjoyed the unique world Dew Pellucid created while reminiscing on my memories of reading Harry Potter as a young adult. I highly recommend this book to all readers who enjoy the fantasy genre. The reading was also well done and kept me engaged in the book.