Echoing Sacrifice: Traveler

Young Adult - Fantasy - General
532 Pages
Reviewed on 04/09/2014
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Author Biography

Jessica N A Dodson has been imagining new worlds since before she can remember and began writing them into stories at the age of eight. Inspired by both the beauty and struggle in everyday life, and passionate about philosophy, she strives to include the power of perseverance, the ideals of betterment, and the message of overcoming all odds into every piece she creates.

A firm believer that practice makes perfect, Dodson began her prompt writing journey over a decade before publishing her first fantasy novel, ECHOING SACRIFICE: TRAVELER, in October 2013. The ideas and skills gleaned during her practice sessions eventually prompted her to create SPECFICWRIT, a series of booklets devoted to developing writing proficiency while specifically focusing on the various aspects of speculative fiction.

She currently lives in her own little world, but when not there she can be found in Colorado with her husband and two dachshunds.

    Book Review

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.