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Reviewed by Stephanie Dagg for Readers' Favorite
"The Sound and the Echoes" by Dew Pellucid is an extravagantly illustrated and expertly constructed fantasy tale for older children and young adults. The idea behind it is both simple and so original. Our world is echoed by another. We each have our own living echo, and they are totally dependent on us in that when we die, they die. In the Echo world, the fate sealers and fortune tellers need the Prince's Sound to die so that the Echo Prince dies too. But the Prince's Sound, William, doesn’t know he has a royal Echo and he most certainly doesn’t want to be killed. He is thus unwittingly dragged into an adventure in a magical realm where, helped and hindered along the way by an intriguing cast of characters, he needs to solve riddles and overcome challenges to return the Echo Prince to the throne and release the glittering Echo realm from its cruel tyranny. He also makes his own family very happy in the process.
The author says that the inspiration for his story came from Plato with his belief that there is a place where “the true essence of things existed”. It is an intriguing and totally successful inspiration for a story. And not only can he have good ideas, but Pellucid can write. He keeps the reader completely hooked from start to finish. He creates a magical, tense atmosphere that envelopes you. Friendship, loyalty and strength of character shine very brightly in this book. Will is quite a hero - bright, brave and loyal, willing to make the ultimate sacrifice. He is an amazing youngster. And also amazing is the artwork by Andy Simmons. It is fabulous in every sense of the word. This author and artist make an indisputably top quality team.