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The Sound and the Echoes
     

The Sound and the Echoes

4.6 8
by Dew Pellucid
 
~ The National Indie Excellence Awards: Juvenile Fiction Finalist 2013 ~
~ Honorable Mention, Los Angeles Book Festival (Finalist, February 2012: Young Adult) ~

The Sound and the Echoes is a high-concept, fantasy adventure for middle grade and young adult readers, with 27 black-and-white illustrations.

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~ The National Indie Excellence Awards: Juvenile Fiction Finalist 2013 ~
~ Honorable Mention, Los Angeles Book Festival (Finalist, February 2012: Young Adult) ~

The Sound and the Echoes is a high-concept, fantasy adventure for middle grade and young adult readers, with 27 black-and-white illustrations.

Imagine that everyone around you has a mirror image living somewhere else. Your world is like a sound, which produced that other world of echoes. And in this land men are governed by a terrible law?no Echo is allowed to live after his Sound dies.

One Sound especially must die. The Prince?s Sound. The Fate Sealers and Fortune Tellers will make sure of that! Because after this Sound dies, the Echo Prince will have to die too.

Now, twelve-year-old Will Cleary is about to discover that he is the Sound the Echoes are hunting. And so begins his perilous adventure into a see-through, sparkling world, filled with spying crystal balls, an eerie fortress of castaway children, a hunt for clues in an ancient book of riddles, and a last-chance escape through a frozen gem-studded lake into a secret land that holds the key to placing the Prince on the throne and returning freedom to the Echoes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781478305187
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
07/25/2012
Pages:
582
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.18(d)

Meet the Author

Dew Pellucid first started writing books so he might have something new to read. Indeed, of the million books at the Orphanage of Castaway Children, there isn't one his watery eyes had not perused; this taking place in less than a decade.

But now, as this old Echo draws near his one-hundredth birthday, his hunt for a good story is only rivaled by his everlasting quest after Cold Fire Mushrooms. For it was as he scrapped the bottom of his crystal ball mushroom container that Dew Pellucid first heard of Fredrick Fingeldy.

Then strange events began to happen in his beloved library. And watching faithfully down every corridor, every garden path, Dew Pellucid witnessed a wonderful story, happening there, right before his eyes (his many Eyes). And, best of all, even he had a part to play in the unfolding tale, which he set down at last in the pages of a book.

"I will make you famous!" he promised the Prince's Sound. And so he has.

(TheSoundAndtheEchoes.com)

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The Sound and the Echoes 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
mlund More than 1 year ago
I love the interactions between Auralius and the Prince. They are both powerful leaders who stand up for their beliefs, even if what one wants opposes the other’s wishes. The Prince is regal, thoughtful, and collected; Auralius is headstrong and may also be a bit more stubborn. Regardless, they ultimately want to achieve the same goal, so they work together in an efficient manner by maintaining a constant stream of ideas and possibilities. Will is also a strong character. He transforms from a youthful and, let’s be honest, naïve boy– he is experiencing the land of the Echoes for the first time– to a brave hero. Because this world is new to him, his change is more drastic than the changes the other characters experience. During this transformation he also turns thirteen years old. Is this because the change from being a twelve-year-old to becoming a real teenager is a big deal? Why did the author choose 13 as the significant age? Obviously Peter is my favorite. Poudini is also one of my favorite characters, as well as Damian and Déa. Auralius grows on me. By the end, I truly care about each one of the characters who are fighting for good. The author shows me that I care when their lives are endangered.  Everything fits in exactly the right place. I want it to be real. I want it to happen to me, and I am not a twelve-year-old, which means that you can be any age to enjoy this book. Things that I want to happen to the characters do happen. It is believable. The author has a vivid imagination that has sparked a unique and fantastic idea. This has grown into a magnetic story that deserves a second read. What if it were true? What if there was another you living in an alternate reality? What if there was an alternate land containing an echo of your own self? Every single word Pellucid writes has meaning. Characters are introduced at exactly the right moments and in exactly the right way. Pellucid describes the things that happen in such a beautiful way and thus has created a wonderful new land. The author tells so many underlying stories and tells at least one about every character. Each character has a purpose, and each one has his or her fitting resolution or demise. Some characters are on the quest for knowledge. Some want power. Others have already been corrupted in their desire to gain power and have thus sunk into desolation. But there are a few who want to right the wrongs. There are a few who are fighting for just rules and laws. These are the ones who are fighting for love and peace. And I want them to succeed. I rooted for Will and Peter throughout the entire novel. It is a brilliant tale that opens up many possibilities for future stories. I want to hear more about Peter and Poudini. I want to see everything the characters see. I want to experience Valerie’s flight on the albatross. I want to journey with the King to Olám Shoné. I want to know more about the lives of Damian and Déa. I want to know what Valerie and Emmy experienced in Shadowpain. I want to read about the spirits of the lake, Fluid Conway and Illyria, and the adventures of Auralius. I did not want to stop reading. I needed to know what happened next. Every event that happened was enthralling, and the author described each one so beautifully. Every event that happened was also necessary to further the message. This story teaches us that the dream for freedom and equality can be accomplished. Books this novel reminds me of include Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, Lloyd Alexander’s the Chronicles of Prydain, C.S. Lewis’ the Chronicles of Narnia, and J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. This is a good thing. The best movies spark from books that satisfy the most free-spirited imaginations… I can see this as a movie. It would begin with images of snow and ice and trees – a beautiful crystal landscape. Perhaps viewers would experience this mystical land from the perspective of Valerie flying on her albatross. Then Dew’s – Abednego’s – voice would whisper, “Far, far away, in a land few Sounds have ever seen, stands the palace of Agam Kaffu. Not a palace of marble and silks, you understand…” We would explore the palace as the narrator’s voice soothed us into a reverie. This way, the movie would respect the frame story you so beautifully set up.
L_Franco More than 1 year ago
Fantastic book that I highly recommend for anyone who loves the Potter series. Don't get me wrong, this is by NO means a Potter knockoff, but a brilliantly executed tale that is slightly reminiscent of the Potter books. Pellucid's Fate Sealers remind me just a bit of Dementors (although not QUITE as scary! Lol) and the Orphanage had a bit of a magical quality to it....sort of like Hogwarts....but yet still completely original. While I admit that it did take a few pages before I was "into" the book, once in, I didn't want to leave. The author manages to put together a captivating story, and at the same time, subtley bring about a wonderful, relevant point about a land where everyone can live together in "Harmony" regardless of whether they are a Sound, an Echo or a "Mongrel" which is another name for someone who is half Sound and half Echo. I received this book directly from the author when she noticed I had entered the giveaway for her book. She offered me a copy in exchange for a review. Best decision I've made in a while! I unashamedly admit that I have already contacted Ms. Pellucid and asked if she is going to be writing a sequel to The Sound and the Echoes because I want more (which is another reason it probably reminds me of Potter, as I could never get enough of those either). The most amazing thing about this book is that even with the ending, she could let it end as is.....or continue with the story and take it in SO many different directions. I am thrilled to say that I now have another author I can add to my list of favorites: Dew Pellucid. Well done, and I truly hope that one day I will be able to return to your Echo realm and see what has been happening in my absence. I also want to give high praise to Andy Simmons whose illustrations are truly exceptional! Beautiful job bringing the story to life!
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Author Anna del C. Dye. for Readers Favorite This is a delightful story, written for middle-aged kids. I found the tale refreshing and full of new ideas for fantasy. It is great reading both for hot summer days or cold winter nights. It portrays a new world shared by characters, so much alike yet so different that they will entertain young men as well as young women. Life has changed a lot for Will since the moment his twin sister disappeared when they were three years old. His parents spend their days looking for clues of how to get her back home. This has now been going on for more than ten years. The problem is that though Will understands their sorrow, he yearns for some kind of love and attention of his own from his parents. This is how life proceeds in his home until everything changes one night as his friend, Ben, brings him the book "Disappeared without a Trace." In it he finds a tale his parents haven’t shared with him. That same night, Will finds out that his pet wolf and falcon are not what they seem to be. Will, his pets and his new friend will embark on a trip that will test his sanity to the maximum in a place where castaway children live. Still, even if he manages to find what he is looking for, he may never return to his world and family. "The Sound and the Echoes" is an extraordinary tale that will be loved by many children, teachers, and their parents alike. It has very interesting and beautiful drawings to add to the overall effect of the book. It is a must in any school or home library.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Stephanie D. 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.
Balvarez143 More than 1 year ago
I started reading this story and was grabbed from the beginning.I normally read horror and was not sure what to expect. It took me a long time to get through because of my busy work schedule but I was so intrigued by it that I kept waiting to go back to it. I finally did get back to it and can tell you that I do love this book. The author write with such creativity that the characters just jump out of the page and pull you in to the story. A story with fate sealers, crystal balls, a law of death, and echoes will definitely keep you interested. All I can say is I can't wait to read it again. Thanks Dew for giving me the opportunity to travel to another land. I can't wait to see what's next!
CScarlett More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was truly amazing. I loved the world that the author created. It was truly unique and pulled me right in. This story is completely different from anything I have ever read and I truly enjoy it. The way it was written was beautiful and I just thought the characters were amazing and the plot was genius. I think this book is unfairly overlooked because you have to pay attention to understand the full story and a lot of readers want the story spelled out for them in a simpler way. I however loved the way this one was told. I loved the writing style and I would recommend it to any fan of fantasy. It is a truly captivating, in- depth, action packed fantasy adventure and I couldn’t have asked for more from this book.
Starrwing More than 1 year ago
Rating 4.5 How horrid it is to lose a family member. To watch your parents in grief and to never know what they were like to be happy, not to mention the dreams, the horrible vivid scary dreams. Set in Alaska to start, young Will lives like this for his sister had disappeared. He lives in a cold shack with his parents and his pet wolf and pet falcon. Just before his 13th birthday he learns of the truth. The dreams are true and nothing is like it once seemed. As he learns the truth, who can he trust? Who can he tell without bringing danger to them for knowing? He learns of the Echo Realm and how if he lives to his 13th birthday it can effect the kingdom of the realm. He also learns that his sister Emmy is there. Sounds and Echos, a false king and a prince, threats and danger, trying to figure out whom to trust. Supporters of the false king want him dead as he journeys to the realm and to the Orphanage of the Castaway Children. This is a story rich in detail and depth. You can see the images and feel the emotions that the characters are feeling. It has everything that you could want for a great quest. The author writes in a style that is vividly lyrical and the story flows together. As Will learns what he must do and how to go about doing it, there are some unexpected twists to the story. I really enjoy when I do not always know what is going to happen next in a story. I recommend reading this book to find out what happens next. If you like Harry Potter or other YA type books like that you will really enjoy this book.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Anastacia Hawkins for Readers Favorite Every time something comes to life, gas is released into the air. Two forms of life come into existence together, a Sound and an Echo. The Echo is made of gas. This gas is alive. It is a living being. And it looks like a reflection. "The Sound and the Echoes" is a high fantasy novel that takes its reader to another realm, the Echo Realm, the place where all reflections live. It is a place of see-through beings, snowy cloud-like blankets that exude warmth, flavored floating bubbles, crystal ball technology, and the Orphanage of Castaway Children. Will Cleary’s twin sister is one of those castaway children, having been stolen from the Sound Realm ten years earlier. Will discovers a way to enter the Echo Realm, and a mission far greater than just bringing his sister home. Dew Pellucid’s "The Sound and the Echoes" starts out strong. Mr. Pellucid’s writing is beautifully descriptive as he takes us immediately into Will’s humble and sad world where his parents have lost themselves in the pursuit of finding their lost child, adversely affecting the child left behind. Once we find ourselves in the Echo Realm, Will’s story becomes a non-stop chase through a surreal, cold, and distant land. The crystal ball technology grows stale very quickly, and the cold translucence of the place left me cold. None of the characters is fully developed, giving us just glimpses into their lives, never really inviting us in. Will’s Echo guardians and adored pets, Dea and Damian, and Will’s quirky best friend, Ben, all but disappear once Will enters the Echo Realm. I would have loved to see those characters continue on with Will. However, if adventure is what you crave, "The Sound and the Echoes" delivers.