The Sound and the Echoes

Pellucid, Dew

Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2012
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Synopsis: The Sound and the Echoes is a high-concept, fantasy 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.

From the Author: ~ Visit TheSoundAndTheEchoes.com to plunge into the Echo realm. ~

One night I was lying in bed, thinking of the philosopher Plato (of all people). I wondered about his realm of the forms, a place where the true essence of things exists; for we are just reflections of this higher plain... or so Plato thought (which is forgivable, given that he was only a Sound).

Very soon I was wondering about the implications of denigrating one world beneath another. And that's how the idea of a reflection realm was born, one in which Echoes have to die when their Sounds die (as if they are inferior).

As to the theme of the novel, there is a main theme and sub-theme. Why two? Because if the book succeeds, perhaps I'll get to write a sequel one day. If so, the overall theme for the series will remain the same, but each sequel with have a unique sub-theme.

This said, the theme of the novel--that every man has a right to his own life--is revealed by the tragic consequences of the Law of Death. The sub-theme--that we are all equal regardless of the transparency or color of our skin--is expressed in the dislike Echoes feel towards Sounds and, most especially, Mongrels (mixed blood of both races).

Despite its dark themes, The Sound and the Echoes is set in a glittering, winter wonderland, filled with humor and see-through beings, courage, friendship and loyalty to values.

I hope you decide to visit the Echo realm!

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Title: The Sound and the Echoes
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: 2012
Book Condition: Very Good

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