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Ecko Burning Paperback – 31 Oct 2013

4.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: TITAN PUBLISHING GROUP (31 Oct. 2013)
  • ASIN: B00GQ1FRCI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Title: Ecko Burning <>Binding: Paperback <>Author: Danie Ware <>Publisher: TITAN PUBLISHING GROUP

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Danie Ware's accomplished debut, Ecko Rising, was a sweary, bloody, highly entertaining and surprising mash-up of fantasy and SF that tipped its hat to Tolkien and gaming with equal cheeky irreverence. The sequel, Ecko Burning, ratchets up the tension a notch tighter, brimming over with political intrigue and violence, and hinted at a deeper twisted truth that underpins the entire plot of the trilogy.

Ecko had lost the Wanderer, the dimension hopping tavern he fell into at the beginning of his journey. Without it, he can see no way to break out of the programme he believes himself to be trapped in, to find his way back to his version of a corrupt and decaying London. Send with his companions by a manipulative Lord to retrieve a weapon from a city full of impossible creatures, Ecko begins to wonder about the nature of the reality around him. How can he believe in the world, when he can't even believe in himself?

The trade cycles of the Varchinde are explored in more depth here, as Phylos is usurper twists them to his advantage, and it's to Ware's credit that the complex economic cycles of the Varchinde are both logical and , crucially, not dull, vital as they are to the plot. We don't see as much of London this time around, and when we do it's through the eyes of the Bard, a man falling in the opposite direction to Ecko, who is willing to give up his soul to save his dying world, and willing to force Ecko into being the hero he denies he wants to be.

The book is action packed, with barely room for the characters to take a breath between sequences, and Ware's love of gaming is still to the fore - there were places where I could see the book playing out as a game. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but it does make for the occasional predictable plot twists.
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A synopsis of Ecko's predicament is too lengthy to repeat here but contains a mixture of high-tech and high-fantasy in the best realised fusion of my experience. Following on from the events of Ecko Rising the plot moves away from individual battles to Ware's worlds' fights against the malignant decay affecting them both. Ecko's visceral internal narrative delights as he cuts his own path through the tropes of each. A second book always allows the reviewer to compare to the first and understandably there is less novelty second time around. However, this book is no rehash and pushes along the plot and character development. Highly recommended.
I can't wait for the third instalment.
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What a brilliant new writer.
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As long as you can keep on top of the multiple characters in a world unknown to us, or just the ability to ride Ecko and realise the screwed up one is the easiest to comprehend, this is a fantastic piece of writing.

Sometimes you just wish that the main hero would tow the line so you didn't have to go from last page back to first to be certain you haven't missed a plot line. But that would be boring. Let it burn.
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