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Change Frail and amnesiac he holds the key to a new beginning for Echo City or perhaps to its end for he is not the only new arrival From the depths beneath Echo City something ancient and deadly is rising Now Peer Gorham Nophel and Nadielle must test the limits of love and loyalty courage and compassion as they struggle to save a city collapsing under the weight of its own history. It took me a while to get through this and I posted plenty of messages on my Goodreads page wonderingwhinging out loud why this was The further I waded through it though the clearer it was that something was missing However I want to start with things I really liked about it Because that’s the sort of positive person I am Sometimes When the coffee kicks in There were great ideas here Right at the start as a strange creature walks across the lethal desert shedding outer layers like a Russian doll I was immediately intrigued The concept ofAs far as I could make out it was a little too long and I feel that a good chunk of the endless walking could be whittled down The descriptions of the city and the characters both needed passion as I felt uite detached from them and the decaying city and only gradually pieced the visuals together That said the twisting of terminology was great I loved the concept of the Baker and the body ‘chopping’ I feel that the writer did tooThere was noticeably focus on the fantastic monsters than there was on most of the ‘normal’ characters and I feel there was too much explanation of ‘what each character thought of every other character and why they thought that and how it affected them’ Gasp I feel the narrative hopped around between viewpoints too much and I didn’t feel especially close to any of the characters because the story kept shifting However I really liked the chap with the diseased face who had a vendetta as he had compassion and had been royally screwed over I just didn’t feel much for the characters involved in a rather passionless love triangle I felt that we’d sort of entered the story at the wrong point there The Baker was also a fascinating character but everyone seemed too scared to get to know her Lots of bits I liked and even the levels of the city the ‘Echoes’ were interesting Perhaps it would have worked better carved up into smaller pieces with mini climaxes and having the destruction of the city much earlier There is a bit of a cliffhangar ending so it’ll be interesting to read any followups to this storyDespite my grumbles this was uite an effective start and I’ll pick up something else by the author I just feel the whole tome needed significant streamlining and a bit of an ‘oomph’ to use the technical writerly term when it comes to description action and pacing I was glad to visit Echo City but the trip got a bit laborious after the first two hundred pages

Summary Echo City

Echo CitySurrounded by a vast poisonous desert Echo City is built upon the graveyard of its own past Most inhabitants believe that their city and its subterranean Echoes are the whole of the world but there are a few dissenters Peer Nadawa is a political exile forced to live with criminals in a ruinous slum Gorham once her lover leads a ragtag band of rebels against the ruling theocracy Noph. Echo City is a vast and ancient city in the middle of a huge deadly desert Its inhabitants have been isolated for thousands upon thousands of years and have come to believe that the city is actually all of the world because venturing out into the surrounding desert is certain death During its immense history the city has renewed itself countless times by building new layers on top of the old not like layers of sediment but like floors in a building with the old “echoes” of its past slowly decaying in underground vaultsPeer Nadawa is a political dissident living in exile in an isolated prison district in the city recuperating from the shock and torture she endured in the hands of the Marcellans Echo City’s religious rulers After all before her capture Peer was a member of the outlawed Watchers who believe that there’s to the world than just Echo City Gorham her former lover is still a Watcher fighting against the theocracy of the Marcellans and its military arm the Scarlet Blades His new lover is Nadielle a woman living beneath the city and creating new mutated forms of life in a process called “chopping” Finally there’s Nophel a disfigured servant of the Marcellans under the protection of Dane Marcellan a degenerate member of the ruling classThis disparate group of characters is about to go through a shocking change in their lives because early on in the story Peer is witness to the impossible a stranger walks out of the bone strewn and poisonous desert wastes and arrives on the city’s outskirts She uickly realizes that she has to bring the visitor who is the first person ever to survive exposure to the desert to her former colleagues in the Watchers despite the fact that he appears to have lost most of his memorySo begins Echo City the newest dark fantasy novel by Tim Lebbon — and “dark” is definitely an appropriate term for this sometimes disturbing story A feeling of hopelessness and loss permeates the entire book from the ancient city resting on countless millennia of isolated history and mercilessly ruled by a corrupt theocracy to most of its characters who are almost without exception defined by what they have lost rather than what they are Echo City is a gritty and at times unpleasantly dark novel that might remind some readers at least in atmosphere of China Miéville’s BAS LAG novels Echo City somewhat resembles New Crobuzon with its underground political dissidents fighting the heavy handed leadership not to mention the similarity between the “chopped” and the RemadeThere are many differences than similarities though and Echo City is a uniue and impressive fantasy setting Tim Lebbon excels in his ability to make the city seem like a real place with several districts that have a uniue atmosphere including some that are ruled by vicious criminal gangs and maybe most strangely one that appears to house several huge domes in which an entire mysterious race has been isolated for centuries There’s also the fact that the entire city’s history is literally buried underground to be explored Journey to the Center of the Earth style although I found it almost impossible to suspend disbelief to such an extent that I could really accept those huge vaults remaining upright for thousands of years There are also some seriously bizarre mutated creatures such as the Bellowers and the Scopes that take Echo City to a whole new level of weirdness In terms of setting this novel is a huge and memorable success that made me wish the book included a map and some illustrationsUnfortunately there are some issues with pacing The second half of Echo City contains a few chapters that barely advance the story making it drag a bit towards the end Trimming these down would have improved the reading experience tremendously Some of the characters could have used depth and back story including main characters Peer and Gorham but fortunately this is balanced out by some truly fascinating ones such as Norphel and especially Nadielle Finally the whole concept of “chopping” creating strangely modified humans and monsters is introduced by briefly showing a chopped prostitute she has three legs and two sets of genitalia allowing her to make twice the income Given the wonderfully innovative things Tim Lebbon does with “chopping” later on and for most of the novel I felt that using a “twin muffed whore” to introduce the concept was unnecessarily shockingRegardless Echo City is a memorable dark fantasy novel with an impressively rich setting that could well be developed further in a preuel Readers who like me sought out this novel based on the strength of the short story “The Deification of Dal Ba” in the recent Swords Dark Sorcery anthology will despite some minor issues probably not be disappointed This review was also published on 1152010 on wwwfantasyliteraturecom

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Free download Echo City ê PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ö Surrounded by a vast poisonous desert Echo City is built upon the graveyard of its own past Most inhabitants believe that their city and its subterranean Echoes are the whole of the world but there are a few dissenters Peer Nadawa is a political exile forced to live El a servant of that theocracy dreams of revenge from his perch atop the city’s tallest spire And beneath the city a woman called Nadielle conducts macabre experiments in genetic manipulation using a science indistinguishable from sorcery They believe there is something beyond the endless desert but whatIt is only when a stranger arrives from out of the wastes that things begin to. I do not want to finish this book I suspected this might happen back at page 80 when I realized that Lebbon was telling far than he was showing in his writing Now at page 225 I've read enough to put it down for good Lebbon does put some good ideas into play and I am still a little curious just not enough to continue For me the mysteries of Echo City will remain as such