3.5 star review

ARC – Enchanter’s Echo

Enchanter’s Echo
by Anise Rae

I received an ARC of this book from the Publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

I picked this up because I’ve been in more of a fantasy/sci-fi sort of mood, rather than a paranormal one. The concept was interesting, so I picked up the first book in the series to review as well. And I really, really liked Syphon’s Song. So this may be the very first time in my long life as a reader that going back and reading the first book(s) in a series made things harder rather than better. I read Enchanter’s Echo immediately after Syphon’s Song, and I was just disappointed. It took me a bit to figure out why. And that was because while I became interested in this book based on it’s own blurb, when I went and read the first book, there was a character whose story I wanted more. I really wanted Selene’s story, and this wasn’t it, heck they didn’t even mention her. But that is not the fault of Enchanter’s Echo. So I went back and re-read it for itself, and with that in mind, and I liked it much better.

I enjoy the world building and the premise, and I liked how each main character’s secrets unfolded. They just have such natural balance and symmetry, and the heroine is not remotely weak or dependent. The villain wasn’t obvious, and they weren’t just a cardboard cutout of a person either. They weren’t entirely 3 dimensional, but they weren’t bad either. My one complaint about this book is I consider the ending a bit of a dues ex machina, and it was hard to get past that. I think the author may have written herself into a corner there, but it wasn’t awful. Overall, I am giving this 3.5 stars, and I am more than interested in reading the next book, even though I expect it STILL won’t be Selene’s book.

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