Title: An Echo of Things to Come
Author: James Islington
Rating: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars
In “An Echo of Things to Come,” the second installment of James Islington’s Licanius Trilogy, readers are treated to an even more intricate and thrilling narrative than its predecessor. The narrative resumes a month after the brutal assault on Ilin Illan, with the four main characters—Davian, Wirr, Asha, and Caeden—each embarking on different paths to stave off a potential invasion.
- Audible Audiobook
- James Islington (Author) – Michael Kramer (Narrator)
- English (Publication Language)
- 08/22/2017 (Publication Date) – Podium Audio (Publisher)
Islington’s character development is commendable. The protagonists, Asha, Davian, and Wirr, though fundamentally the same individuals introduced in “The Shadow of What Was Lost,” have evolved significantly in response to both personal and larger-scale challenges. Their occasional reunions and fleeting conversations serve as poignant reminders of their shared past, adding a layer of depth to the narrative.
Caeden, arguably the most pivotal character, is on a quest for self-discovery. His narrative, oscillating between the present and flashbacks, initially confounds with its focus on unfamiliar characters and places from millennia ago. However, this narrative choice effectively mirrors Caeden’s own process of piecing together his hidden memories and determining his true identity. His journey raises intriguing questions about morality, identity, and the nature of power.
Despite the complexity of the plot and the vast world-building, Islington’s writing style remains accessible. The world of the Licanius Trilogy is one that readers can easily immerse themselves in, making “An Echo of Things to Come” a rewarding read for fans of epic fantasy. The book leaves readers eagerly anticipating the final installment of the trilogy, eager to see how the characters’ paths will converge in the face of the looming threat.
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