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Deckard in Midkemia,
This review is from: Ecko Rising (Ecko 1) (Paperback)
Ecko is a fast-paced story of Chandleresque cyber-street-ninja, shifted into a doomed fantasy world with little juice in his tanks but a gutful of attitude and trust issues.
He's in over his head and can't keep his mouth shut. Contrary to Ecko's own expectations, there are no firebreathing lizards. But with that (small) reservation this is grown up fantasy fun that expects the reader to keep up. DW doesn't feel the need to spend a chapter explaining the biology or history of every monster or relic. This accentuates the feeling of displacement that many of the characters feel in their journey to the Heart of Darkness. Yes, there are Conradian overtones but you'll be too busy with the banter, politics and combat to notice. Ecko and his comrades swiftly divide into the quick and the dead.
DW's first novel shows a confident understanding of the tropes of fantasy and cyberpunk fiction. She plays within these, retaining the consistency of her world and the believability of her characters in a fun filled romp.
I'm already looking forward to the next book.