Ecko Burning expands the world Danie Ware built in Ecko Rising.
I’ll admit that when I first read Ecko Rising, the first in a series of science fiction/fantasy books by Danie Ware, I was a little confused. Was it science fiction? Was it fantasy? It turns out that the story Ware is weaving is both. Taking place in a future dystopian version of our world, as well as a world straight out of something similar to that in A Song of Ice and Fire, Ecko Rising and its sequel, Ecko Burning, are a perfect mash-up of the two genres.
My review of Ecko Rising is a positive one. I really liked that book. However, I feel like the second book in the series, Ecko Burning, even more. Both books tell us about a strange little man named Ecko, a once-human who seems to have been modified to the gills with computer technology, so much so, that he doesn’t remember his normal human life. He comes from a dystopian London, but somehow winds up getting trapped in a fantasy world full of beasts like minotaurs. In Ecko Burning, though, Ecko has completely shut down again, attempting to convince himself that this fantasy world is just something someone named Eliza has constructed like a video game for him. So he rebels and refuses to play. He can be a selfish little twit at times and that comes across a lot in the new book.
You would think that would be a turn-off: a major character who isn’t really always likable, not even a little bit. However, that’s balanced out by the other characters, who are featured a lot more predominantly in the new book. I particularly like Triqueta, a warrior woman who had the unfortunate circumstance of gaining a few years and got older in the course of a few minutes in the last book. I love her spirit and her willingness (although her new older body isn’t so willing) to charge straight into the lion’s den. She has to, because her world is about to be destroyed by a terrible god-like being and a blight that is only growing.
The other characters are also held up more to the light. I won’t run through a list, though, because if you’ve read the first book, there’s still a few characters who may or may not have survived. But we grow attached to these characters more in this book. This obviously means that you might as well prepare yourself for some George R.R. Martin moments, though, although Ware doesn’t necessarily kill off characters. Oh no, Ware understands that there are far worse things than death.
I found Ecko Burning impossible to put down. Like the previous book, it’s very nearly non-stop action. And once I got to the end, I wanted more, especially since it ended on a mysterious note. I definitely recommend both books for those readers who want something a little different.