- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Titan Books (28 Sept. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 085768762X
- ISBN-13: 978-0857687623
- Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 3.5 x 20.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 33 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 994,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Ecko Rising (Ecko 1) Paperback – 28 Sep 2012
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"An incredible read, with completely unexpected twists and turns." --Geek Syndicate
"Ingenius...The story itself is engaging and totally unique, a plot that pushes the boundaries not for the sake of it but clearly to offer something different." --SF Book
"Ingenius...The story itself is engaging and totally unique, a plot that pushes the boundaries not for the sake of it but clearly to offer something different." --SF Book Reviews
"An incredible read, with completely unexpected twists and turns." --Geek Syndicate
"It s like The Matrix meets Game of Thrones, and it s immense fun... a novel that reads like the work of a seasoned professional but boasts a first timer's vigour." --Financial Times
"It s like The Matrix meets Game of Thrones, and it s immense fun." --Financial Times
"Dani Ware s debut novel is like no fantasy - or indeed sci-fi - epic you ve ever read before." --sfx magazine
"An epic page turner with an ending that will leave your crying out for more." --The Tattooed Book
"An incredible debut." --SF Site
"Staggeringly impressive in both its richness and detail." --Alternative Magazine Online
"Ware writes with an eloquence that is not often encountered in genre fiction." --BFS
"An incredible, confident debut." --Dave Brendon's Weblog
"Ecko is one of the most fascinating characters in scifi literature." --Wear Pink Wednesdays
"On balance there was a hell of a lot here to like, and I motored through this book. It s a page-turner and I ll be getting hold of the next one. --The Skinner
This really is a cracking read. --Book Geek Says Blog
"The sci-fi debut of the year begins like a cyberpunk thriller, before performing a sharp U-turn to become a rollicking high-fantasy adventure. Ware writes fearlessly and with great self-assurance, and her hero Ecko, cybernetically augmented but as crude and cynical as they come, is a magnificent creation." --Financial Times
"It is more successful than not and marks Ware as one to watch. --The Independent
"With action aplenty, this sf/fantasy mash-up is a thrilling, genre-defying roller coaster ride." --Library Journal
In her debut novel, Danie Ware effortlessly juggles a dystopian hard sci-fi environment with a fantasy world with its own very specific set of rules, and comes up with a story that keeps you gripped." --Sci Fi Bulletin
"Ecko Rising is the debut novel of Danie Ware but reads more like that of a veteran storyteller with engaging characters and a polished storyline." --Dread Central review
"Hollywood should take a look at this book, this would make a great sci-fi fantasy movie." --Retrenders review
"Ecko Rising is fast-paced, creative, and has enough going on to capture just about anyone s interest. This reader is on board for round two." --Paper Droids
"A thrilling debut." --Suvudu interview
"If you re looking for some great genre-bending reading, I can t recommend Ecko Rising by Danie Ware enough. It seamlessly blends traditional cyberpunk story elements with elements of fantasy and leaves you wanting more!" --Blogcritics review
"Ecko Rising is truly the epitome of the expression, a little something for everyone. It has science fiction roots, a fantasy trunk, some romance branches, and a sprinkling of humor leaves to round things out. After finishing the book, I m still a little dumbfounded as to how Ware managed to create two worlds so vivid and so different, and put them in the same story." --Pop Culture Nexus
"A thrilling ride. If you like fantasy, sci-fi and reading about other worlds, then this book is definitely for you." --Dark Media
About the Author
Ware is the publicist and event organiser for cult entertainment retailer Forbidden Planet. She has worked closely with a wide-range of genre authors and has been immersed in the science-fiction and fantasy community for the past decade. An early adopter of blogging, social media and a familiar face at conventions, she appears on panels as an expert on genre marketing and retailing.
Top customer reviews
Please, if you're contemplating reading this book, don't hesitate; I'm on to the next one already.
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.
I like the idea of the book more than I enjoyed the book and spent a lot of time checking how many pages I had left. Plus it has more cursing than I like to see in any book regardless of how much of an undesirable the main character is.
(Full disclosure: I received this free from the publisher to review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own and are not altered by this. In this case I would quite happily have paid for it!)
If Ecko can win through, he might just learn to care - or break the program and get home.
Imagine taking a character from a cyber-punk thriller and transplanting them wholesale into a fully fleshed out fantasy novel. Danie Ware's debut novel, Ecko Rising, does just that.
Ecko is terrifically smart, more than a little inquisitive and great at what he does. So good in fact, that he is a trifle cocky about it. Does this make him a bit irritating/smug at times? Perhaps, but that's all part of his quirky charm. Ecko's journey is the core of this novel and it's a voyage of discovery. He finds himself in a world totally different from anything he's used to, where he has no idea of the rules.
Ecko is such a fun character, and such a palpable presence, that I missed him when he wasn't in every single scene. That said there are some other fantastic characters that managed to hold my attention in his absence.
There is a warrior called Rhan who has been around for so long that he's become rather complacent with his lot. He spends his time drinking, partaking in illegal substances and reminiscing about the good old days. Ware uses Rhan to great effect, deconstructing the hero myth and dragging him through the emotional ringer. It's always fascinating to watch a character, particularly a flawed one, get metaphorically taken apart by the events in a plot. It is surprising how emotive his plight becomes. Initially, there was admiration of this near god-like hero, and then anger at some of his actions, followed finally by pity. Rhan has a couple of wonderful moments of self-realisation that are particularly well observed.
The other two characters that spring to mind are Triqueta and Redlock. It quickly becomes obvious that there is an existing relationship between these two. The writing very quickly establishes a sense of history between them both. This adds a welcome extra layer of depth to their characters. Redlock in particular is a joy, he spend quite a lot of time running around trying to decide what to attack first with his axes, how can you not love that?
The best thing about this novel is that, like Ecko, you very quickly start to buy into the fantasy world he finds himself in. Everything just feels so vivid and alive. In each new chapter you get hints about what is going on, but the full truth is never entirely revealed. Based on the final moments of the novel there has to a sequel (please let there be a sequel!). Ecko Rising is a fantastic genre-bending mashup that will appeal to anyone who likes intelligent thoughtful writing, with just the right amount of action. Just wait till you discover the delights of The Wanderer. Yes, I'm being a tease, but you can thank me for it later.
In retrospect, 2012 really has produced an exceptional crop of debut novels. Ecko Rising has more than earned its place as part of that select list. Judging by the writing on display I expect many more great things from Danie Ware in the future. She is undoubtedly an author to keep an eye on.
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