Betanda Shanam Reviews Song of Echoes, Book One @R_E_Palmer

Song of Echoes

R.E. Palmer

July 12, 2021

FrontRunner Publications


All that has gone before is woven into the Song; joy, sorrow; kind acts and cruel acts; creation and destruction. Past, present, and what has yet to come, make themselves known — if you know how to listen.

For three hundred years, the people of the Five Realms have lived in relative peace, protected by their great leader, the Archon. Yet, far to the north, in the frozen lands beyond the Draegalen Trench, the Ruuk stir, driven by a rising evil, long believed banished from the world. But rumors questioning the Archon’s ability to defend the realms once more, persist.

Elodi, the Lady Harlyn, uneasy in her new role following the death of her father, and Toryn, a farmworker and outsider in his village, must discover a way to fight an enemy that all but defeated their ancestors.

Song of Echoes is the first book in this epic fantasy series.

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What a brilliant book!  Song of Echoes engaged me from the first page, and, in fact I did not want it to end. 

Song of Echoes tells the story of a time long ago when mystical beings roamed the earth and humanity fought a battle against dark evil to preserve the realms. The battle to save the five realms falls on a young inexperienced ruler Elodi, Lady Harlyn, and a farmhand Toryn. 

Elodi finds herself at the front of the biggest battle that the five realms as seen for hundreds of years. Naive in the battlefield Elodi has to channel her inner warrior and self-belief to save her people. 

As a farmhand. Toryn spent his days on the farm feeling the pull and desire to explore the world beyond the fence of his village. His dreams do come true but not in a way he hoped.  When war threatens his village, he is called to war by Archon, the ruler of the five realms, but his mysterious past prevents the route of joining the army to save the Realms. As Toryn journeys across the realms he uncovers experiences that he only heard of. Is he the key to saving the five realms?

I found the storyline of Song of Echoes to be faultless, with all the elements of a great fantasy. I did find similarities to other well-known fantasy series; however, this did not diminish my enjoyment.  R.E. Palmer‘s writing is clear and crisp which makes it easy to visualise the characters and story as it unfolds. I really did not want the story to end – looking forward to the 2nd book in the series.  

I would definitely recommend this book to those who love a good fantasy. 

5 stars for Song of Echoes

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review .

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