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Ecko Rising

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Ecko: Rising is a unique genre-bending fantasy - sci-fi epic following a savage, gleefully cynical anti-hero. After awakening in a dimension-jumping inn to find himself immersed in his own sardonic fantasy world, Ecko strives to conquer his deepest fears and save the world from extinction.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 130 x 198 x 35.56mm | 368g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations, maps
  • 085768762X
  • 9780857687623
  • 620,995

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With action aplenty, this sf/fantasy mash-up is a thrilling, genre-defying roller coaster ride." - Library Journal

As publicist and events manager for England's legendary Forbidden Planet, debut author Ware has a deep knowledge of science fiction and fantasy, and she hurls it all into this engrossing but sometimes derivative mix of high-tech street fighting and epic quest. In a dystopian future London, the population has been systematically reduced to plugged-in cogs, blissed out on Pilgrim Inc.'s brand of SSRI. Enter Ecko, a wickedly entertaining antihero. He's a genetically and mechanically modified superhuman sociopath with a host of unusual abilities. On a mission for a vaguely outlined rebellion, Ecko leaps from a building and wakes up in a teleporting tavern in a medieval fantasy realm, where he reluctantly joins forces with Roderick the Bard to do battle with the elementalist Maugrim and prevent the resuscitation of a demon. Is this all a "Virtual Rorschach" test designed by Ecko's creator to bring him into line? Several scenes in which Ecko is not present hint otherwise. The page-turning narrative leads to a cliffhanger ending that bodes well for planned sequels. (June) - Publishers Weekly "An incredible read, with completely unexpected twists and turns." - Geek Syndicate

"Ingenius...The story itself is engaging and totally unique, a plot that pushes the boundaries not for the sake of it but clearly to offer something different." - SF Book

"It s like The Matrix meets Game of Thrones, and it s immense fun... a novel that reads like the work of a seasoned professional but boasts a first timer's vigour." - Financial Times

"Dani Ware s debut novel is like no fantasy - or indeed sci-fi - epic you ve ever read before." - SFX Magazine

"An epic page turner with an ending that will leave your crying out for more." - The Tattooed Book

'An incredible debut' - SF Site

'Staggeringly impressive in both its richness and detail' - Alternative Magazine Online

'Ware writes with an eloquence that is not often encountered in genre fiction' - BFS

'An incredible, confident debut' - Dave Brendon's Weblog

"With fast and furious action and more than a smattering of sex, violence, gore and swearing this is the kind of novel where you hang onto your seat, and enjoy the ride." - High Fantasy Addict

"Danie Ware's Ecko Rising is distinctive and entertaining. Ecko is a creative and engaging anti-hero and his mashed-up cyberpunk and fantasy world holds the promise of an exciting new series." - Mind of the Geek

"Ecko Rising is truly the epitome of the expression, "a little something for everyone." It has science fiction roots, a fantasy trunk, some romance branches, and a sprinkling of humor leaves to round things out. After finishing the book, I'm still a little dumbfounded as to how Ware managed to create two worlds so vivid and so different, and put them in the same story." - Pop Culture Nexus

"There's nothing I love more than finding a book that pushes the boundaries, especially when it gives new meaning to the word "imagination," and Ecko Rising is one of those books." - Killer Aphrodite

"trust me, you're gonna want to grab a copy." - My Bookish Ways

"Ecko Rising is fast-paced, creative, and has enough going on to capture just about anyone's interest. This reader is on board for round two." - Paper Droids

"Ecko Rising is the debut novel of Danie Ware but reads more like that of a veteran storyteller with engaging characters and a polished storyline." - Dread Central

"Hollywood should take a look at this book, this would make a great sci-fi fantasy movie." - Retrenders

'Ecko is one of the most fascinating characters in scifi literature' - Wear Pink Wednesdays

"The sci-fi debut of the year begins like a cyberpunk thriller, before performing a sharp U-turn to become a rollicking high-fantasy adventure. Ware writes fearlessly and with great self-assurance, and her hero Ecko, cybernetically augmented but as crude and cynical as they come, is a magnificent creation." - Financial Times (London)

"If you're looking for some great genre-bending reading, I can't recommend Ecko Rising by Danie Ware enough. It seamlessly blends traditional cyberpunk story elements with elements of fantasy and leaves you wanting more!" - Blogcritics


"ECKO RISING is a definite win for me and I highly recommend giving it a look." "ECKO
RISING is written very well and flows like a roaring river. Ware has a subtle writing
style that lulls the reader into a false sense of security but then whips them straight
into the story without warning. This allows for complete immersion into Ecko's
world(s) and therefore an enjoyable reading experience." - Shattered Ravings
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About Danie Ware

Ware is the publicist and event organiser for cult entertainment retailer Forbidden Planet. She has worked closely with a wide-range of genre authors and has been immersed in the science-fiction and fantasy community for the past decade. An early adopter of blogging, social media and a familiar face at conventions, she appears on panels as an expert on genre marketing and retailing.
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Rating details

415 ratings
3.09 out of 5 stars
5 13% (55)
4 26% (108)
3 30% (125)
2 18% (74)
1 13% (53)

Our customer reviews

ââ?¬Å?Ecko Risingââ?¬Â? is one difficult book to review. I have mixed feelings about it. On one hand, it was exactly what I expected it to be: a clever blend of high-tech sci-fi and epic fantasy. I loved the world-building, and I especially loved the main character ââ?¬â?? Ecko. On the other hand, though, I found the writing style a bit confusing and jumpy, and it gave me the impression that the writer was trying too hard. Just a tad too hard. But, overall, it was quite a unique experience. Ecko is an assassin and a rebel in a society where people do only what theyââ?¬â?¢re told and are kept under control through drugs and video games. Heââ?¬â?¢s smart, downright badass, and his technologically improved body helps him sneak in anywhere without being seen or even sensed. And thatââ?¬â?¢s why heââ?¬â?¢s the perfect guy to infiltrate the Pilgrim Pharmaceuticals Research Facility and gather information that would help bring down one of the key-people in the creation of this utopian world that has enslaved everyone. Exceptââ?¬Â¦ he doesnââ?¬â?¢t follow the plan and he ends up hanging from a roof, ready to meet his end when he hits the ground. He does fall, but, to his surprise, he wakes up on a comfortable couch, surrounded by strangers who seem to genuinely care about his well-being. His first thought ââ?¬â?? it has to be some kind of simulated environment. It takes him some time to wrap his mind around the fact that he was thrust into a completely different dimension, in the fantasy world of the Varchinde, where werewolves, centaurs and magic are a common occurrence. Given that science fiction and high fantasy are two of my favorite genres, I enjoyed everything about the worlds Danie Ware created. Itââ?¬â?¢s the first sci-fi/fantasy hybrid Iââ?¬â?¢ve read, and now that I know how entertaining this blend is, itââ?¬â?¢s not going to be the last. It has fast-paced action, an interesting concept and plot, and the fantasy world is described in enough details to get a vivid image of it. But what I liked most was the main character itself ââ?¬â?? Ecko. Complex characters and character development are two things that I always look for in a novel. I liked Ecko from the very first time he appeared. I liked how dark and mysterious he was, how he was always in control of the situation, and how he seemed almost invincible thanks to his enhancements. It was obvious that his temper would eventually get him in trouble. When he ends up at The Wanderer, he is in a situation that he cannot control, in a world he doesnââ?¬â?¢t understand, and with people who continuously surprise him. Eventually, this turns into a journey of self-discovery, and we see Ecko changing from the selfish, self-absorbed man whoââ?¬â?¢d rather be on his own, into someone who starts to care about the people who took him in, and about their world. The only thing I didnââ?¬â?¢t quite enjoy was some of the writing. I found it a bit jumpy and disjointed, and I lost count of how many ââ?¬Å?chrissakesââ?¬Â? I found per page. Ok, maybe Iââ?¬â?¢m exaggerating a bit, but, for chrissakes, how many ââ?¬Å?chrissakesââ?¬Â? do Ecko and the narrator need to make a point? I have nothing against cuss words, really. But the repetitiveness was beyond annoying. Seriously, Ecko was 100% badass without saying ââ?¬Å?chrissakesââ?¬Â? and ââ?¬Å?f**kââ?¬Â? every 3 words. Not impressed. Other than that, ââ?¬Å?Ecko Risingââ?¬Â? was a good read.show more
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