Reticent of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” and “The Time Traveller’s Wife,” Lorena Brass’ “Echo” is a tale about the quest for eternal companionship. With elements of time travel, heartbreak and attempting to discover fulfillment, “Echo” acts as a great addition to the canon of adult fiction.
The novel’s two main characters, who the reader soon discovers are damned by an evil curse, are classically tragic. Their motivation for survival is to find each other once more through the turbulent settings that span over 1000 years of history. Brass cleverly discusses themes of total devotion and the boundaries of true love all the while developing characters that are modern and realistic in their self-awareness.
As the scenes come and go, Karissa, one of the books protagonists, literally changes with the environment. Alongside the physical geographic shifts in the book causes the protagonists to shift as well. They are forced to don different hats and adapt to their current living situations. These scenes beautifully illustrate Brass’ tenacity for social commentary and the malleability of the human spirit. These two lovers will not be broken.
Ian, the other half of the novels dynamic duo, is endearing and chivalrous. He acts as the perfect foil to Karissa who can sometimes be grating with her penchant for self-pity. With spry dialogue and elements of originality, Echo is an entertaining read that is not shy with asserting that love is eternal, regardless of what reincarnated shell the protagonist finds themselves residing within.
With an open ending. Brass leaves the door open and builds excitement for the forthcoming sequel to “Echo. “Reminiscent of “Outlander” and its ability to lure the reader into a world of hyper emotional characters, Echo has the potential to lure the reading masses with its rhythm and provocations.