The Echoed Realm by A. J. Vrana
Published: August 10, 2021
Genre: Contemporary Dark Fantasy-Horror
CW: The book deals with themes of domestic violence, but there are no depictions of domestic violence
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Miya’s world ended in Black Hollow.
It’s been three years since the Dreamwalker upended her life and left her with a heavy burden. A fledgling to the ethereal realm, Miya stumbles into the nightmares of those haunted by spectres. Little does she know, one of them is coming for her, clutching a dark secret abreast.
Kai has found a new purpose with his companion, but the price is his freedom. Bound and beholden to Miya, he struggles to adjust to his new role as her vanguard.
Meanwhile, Mason discovers he may be a pawn trapped in a web of schemes. Was his time in Black Hollow an accident, or was it only the beginning of some greater machination?
As Black Hollow’s bloody stain spreads beyond its wooded borders, Miya fights to evade a past she barely understands. The Dreamwalker’s legacy is a vise grip, and it isn’t letting go. Primordial horrors draw near, fables come alive, and long-buried histories rise from the grave, ready to hunt.
Sharpen your claws and bloody your teeth. There’s fear to be sown.
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Book Review: I read the first and second book back to back for this tour, which I am very happy I got to because after reading the ending to the first book, I wouldn’t be able to wait for the sequel because I would need to know what happens next.
This series, especially The Echoed Realm, was really amazing and different among the other books I have read. What A. J. Vrana has created feels different, not giving me the feel that I have read something like this before. The author brought in a creative world, as well as interesting characters.
While reading I didn’t dislike any of the characters. I did enjoy reading about them and wondering what was going to happen to them, including where they would end up in the end. I do wish we got to see more of certain characters, to see them interreacting more with the characters we know and love from the first book.
The writing was amazing. A. J. Vrana did a great job writing this book, including the first one. She draws you in within the first sentence of the book and keeps you hooked through out. I do think that the sequel went by quick with its pace. Which did work at times but sometimes it felt like the book could have slowed down at certain points. While that did take me out of the book a little bit, it still a great written book that will keep you reading.
The relationships in this book were done well. I enjoyed reading about Miya and Kai’s relationship, seeing that grow from the first book. It was also nice getting to see new relationships form and grow.
One other thing I enjoyed the most about this book, besides the stuff I had talked about above, was that this series is urban fantasy because there haven’t a lot out lately and getting to read this brought back that love of reading an urban fantasy. So thank you, A. J. Vrana.
Overall, I enjoyed this book, as well as the first book. My rating for this book is 4/5 stars. I would say that if you enjoy reading urban fantasy and want something new brought to that genre, then this series is for you. Just remember that there themes that are dark, so just make sure you are okay with that before reading.
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Have fun reading!!!
A. J. Vrana is a Serbian-Canadian academic and writer from Toronto, Canada. She lives with her two rescue cats, Moonstone and Peanut Butter, who nest in her window-side bookshelf and cast judgmental stares at nearby pigeons. Her doctoral research examines the supernatural in modern Japanese and former-Yugoslavian literature and its relationship to violence. When not toiling away at caffeine-fueled, scholarly pursuits, she enjoys jewelry-making, cupcakes, and concocting dark tales to unleash upon the world.
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Starts: August 8th, 2021 at 12:00am EST
Ends: August 15th, 2021 at 11:59pm EST