May 13, 2015
Echoes, by Therin Knite
Twenty-three-year-old Adem Adamend has it rough. His name is ludicrous. His friends are few. And the only thing his “kid genius” status has gotten him at the Interdistrict Bureau of Intelligence is a boatload of extra work with no credit in sight. Then hotshot lawyer Victor Manson is burned to death in his own back yard, and Adem finds himself using his unique skills to piece together the strangest crime he’s ever seen. Strange because the only possible suspect Adem can pin the murder on…is a mythical beast. A dragon. Before Adem can unravel the mystery of Manson’s death, the Bureau loses jurisdiction to the secretive EDPA, an organization that investigates weird and deadly events. But Adem isn’t one for giving up, so he takes it upon himself to delve deeper into EDPA’s machinations, into the series of unfortunate events that led to Manson’s demise. And what he finds may change the way he views the world — and himself — forever.
Echoes, by Therin Knite is an interesting read. It did take about four chapters for me to fully understand what exactly was happening in the story. Many an author has been told that to hook the reader, start as late as you can and lead with action. I suspect one of the reasons Echoes had a confusing beginning was that it started with a dragon attack.
Yep, a dragon… In a futuristic sci-fi story… I loved it!
The genre-bending Echoes has a lot to offer the reader. In addition to the sci-fi elements, there is a sort of paranormal feel, and a kind of ‘whodunit’ mystery that kept me guessing until the end. The story is full of a subtle snark that I enjoy, and the story was easy to follow.
With everyone churning out formulaic genre stories, I’m glad Ms. Knite crammed in as many genres as she could. I look forward to reading the sequel, Epitaphs, and I’m not looking forward to the wait until Encodings, the third Echoes book.
I really liked Echoes, and it is without a doubt a four star read.
Therin Knite is a 23-year-old recent college graduate who occasionally writes speculative fiction and has the odd delusion of literary stardom. Knite lives in a humble little place known as the Middle of Nowhere, VA, where she spends most of her days reading books and writing what may possibly qualify as books. Knite is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and holds a BBA in Finance and English. In August 2014, Knite began working as an underwriting analyst at a large insurance company, where she intends to stay for the foreseeable future. Knite, who’s been writing seriously for eight years, is an avid book reviewer, blogger, and the sort of person who spends far too much time imagining epic sci-fi battles in her head. Knite intends to publish 3 to 4 novels per year, ever year, until she runs out of ideas…which is highly unlikely, so she’ll probably be writing forever.