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The Crystilleries of Echoland

Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
5 out of 5 stars (6 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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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 beautiful, bluish, icy and see-through world.

Twelve-year-old Will Cleary lost his twin sister Emmy when they were two years old. Both Will and Emmy vanished when they were two, but Will returned from a place called Echoland a week later. He is the only "Sound" to have ever returned from Echoland where all the "Sounds" twin Echoes live. Along with 1007 pages of other vanished-people, their disappearance is recorded in the Gravestone Book. Will’s Mother and Father have searched for Emmy for ten interminable years.

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Great Family Fantasy Story

This is a great family story about a young boy, Will, who travels to the Echoland - a world where there is an Echo for every Sound in the human world. Will is trying to save his sister who was taken to Echoland, but he quickly finds that he is in the center of a conflict that could change the future of Echoland.
I really enjoyed listening to this story. It is about 8 hours long and the narrator has a wonderful voice. He reads at the perfect pace to follow the story, stay interested and really see the characters and scenes. He uses different voices for each character which I always appreciate when listening. It would be a great pick to listen to during a family trip as it will keep kids and adults both enthralled.