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Reviewed by Lex Allen for Readers' Favorite
I think that this book will one day become a classic among fantasy/world-building stories and novels. It must take a special kind of imagination, perseverance, and aptitude to put together a novel of this magnitude and complexity while maintaining an easy to read level of dialogue, narrative descriptions and a huge cast of characters. The premise — teenage girl from our world (Khyl – First Creation) enters the parallel universe (Dolimar) of Rever (Echo Dragon Clan) and promptly jumps into the hunt to save the SouthKing’s daughter (both human) while fighting against the evil of the Betrayer, aka Vayne (human - King of Feinden), his son Cyre, along with the bandit dragons and the EastGate guardian, Tymbos (dragon) and his Keeper, Tumulus (half-human dragon).
There are too many characters to mention them all, but those above are the lead actors in this marvelous tale of a parallel universe that’s a mixture of indescribable geography and scenes, creatures, and dragons. I can’t begin to adequately describe the meticulous attention to detail incorporated into this story. The entire concept of dragon clans — their differences in colors, sizes, characteristics and talents - is mind boggling! Unlike the climax of many books that are part of a series, the author Jessica Dodson designed an ending that is fully satisfying in and of itself, while clearly leaving an opening for the sequel; a book I am eager to get my hands on. In short, I believe that Echoing Sacrifice: Traveler belongs on the bookshelf right between the classic high fantasy of Lord of the Rings and the science fantasy/creature horror series that is The Dark Tower.