An Echo of Things to Come: Book Review

"“The lesser of two evils, or the greater good. Get a good man to utter either of those phrases, and there is no one more eager to begin perpetrating evil.”" (James Islington, An Echo of Things to Come)

Title: An Echo of Things to Come

Author: James Islington

Genre: Fantasy

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.

An Echo of Things to Come: The Licanius Trilogy, Book 2
  • 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.

"The true evil is always in the reason and the excuse, not the act. I was fooled. I was angry. I wasn’t thinking. I had to do it, else worse things would have happened. It didn’t hurt anyone. It hurt less people than it would have if I hadn’t. It was to protect myself. It was to protect others. It was in my nature. It was necessary." (James Islington, An Echo of Things to Come)

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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