Echo City

October 12th, 1999 • Posted in Novels |

Publisher: Bantam Spectra (USA)

Orbit (UK)


USA mass market paperback



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Surrounded by a vast, poisonous desert, Echo City is built upon the graveyard of its own past. Most inhabitants believe that their city and its subterranean Echoes are the whole of the world, but there are a few dissenters. Peer Nadawa is a political exile, forced to live with criminals in a ruinous slum. Gorham, once her lover, leads a ragtag band of rebels against the ruling theocracy. Nophel, a servant of that theocracy, dreams of revenge from his perch atop the city’s tallest spire. And beneath the city, a woman called Nadielle conducts macabre experiments in genetic manipulation using a science indistinguishable from sorcery. They believe there is something more beyond the endless desert . . . but what?

It is only when a stranger arrives from out of the wastes that things begin to change. Frail and amnesiac, he holds the key to a new beginning for Echo City—or perhaps to its end, for he is not the only new arrival. From the depths beneath Echo City, something ancient and deadly is rising. Now Peer, Gorham, Nophel, and Nadielle msut test the limits of love and loyalty, courage and compassion, as they struggle to save a city collapsing under the weight of its own history.

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20 comments on “Echo City”

  1. David says:


    Sorry it has taken me so long to get back with you. I absolutely LOVED Echo City. Once I started reading I couldn’t put it down. I recomend your books to any and all that I can. Can’t wait to buy some of your other works. Looking for the Hidden Cities now. Please keep writing and I promise you will always have a fan!

    David W.

  2. Tim Lebbon says:

    Thanks David! Please spread the word. And I do indeed plan to keep writing….

  3. Ben says:

    I have read one of your books and I intend to read many more your work has really inspired me I think writing is great, will you be publishing any more books?

  4. Sam says:

    Really enjoying Echo City with about 100 pages left to go. Any plans to publish prequels or sequels? Would love to see this concept expanded.

  5. Anninyn says:

    Just wanted to drop by and tell you I loved Echo City. I just finished it last night, and I thought it was excellent the whole way through.

  6. Clive says:


    Just finished Echo City the first book of yours that I’ve read. Thouroughly enjoyed it, indeed the best thing I’ve read in a while. One thing that struck me as I was reading it was how two authors can take some common themes ( ancient city, gene splicing, lots of different races ) and come up with two totally different books ie China Mieville had Perdido Street Station and you’ve got Echo City. Both great and both….. completely different. Any chance we might get some stories from Echo City’s past one day ?

  7. Wayne says:

    Hi Tim. Just reading Echo City. 200 pages in and loving every page! I’ve just returned from a weekend in Catania, which is itself a city built on cities. I love coincidences like that 🙂

  8. Michael says:

    I started reading Echo City last night. I finished it this morning. Absolutely captivating, from beginning to end. An engaging and compelling piece of writing. Thank you.

  9. Tim Lebbon says:

    Ben, plenty more books on the way – keep an eye on this website.

    Sam – no real sequel plans yet, but the next fantasy novel due next year is, I think, equally fascinating. More on that soon.

    Anninyn – thank you so much.

    Clive, thank you, too. There’s an Echo City story in the anthology Swords & Dark Magic.

    Wayne, that’s fantastic! I’d love to visit there one day…

    Michael … that’s high praise, thanks.

    I’m so glad you’re all enjoying ECHO CITY …. hope you like what’s coming next, too.

  10. Aidan Pyke says:

    I loved reading this. The concept is just amazing. But in my opinion you shouldn’t make a sequel. The story of Echo City i believe doesn’t need to be continued into another book. I think though that we should instead just dream of what could be next. This book and another called “Souls in The Great Machine” inspire me to write stories (my English teacher is convinced that i’ll succeed).

  11. Victoria says:

    Having simply selected Echo City on a whim from a book shop, I can honestly say even with 150 pages to go, it is the most fascinating and thought provoking book I have ever read. I cannot wait to read more of your novels and thank you for writing this amazing story.

  12. Tim Lebbon says:

    Victoria, thank you!

  13. Natalie says:

    I first discovered your books on a rainy day, when I was loosely browsing through my local library, having run there to shelter from the storm. Echo City looked pretty intriuing, so I simply plucked it from the shelf and scurried off home.
    But from the moment I opened up the novel, it drew me in and I’ve been hooked on your books ever since.

    Keep on keeping on. c:

  14. Natalie says:

    (After just finishing FALLEN, I followed up with THE ISLAND and it’s been absolutely awesomelkfjslkgj.)

  15. Dale Price says:

    Hi Tim,

    Have just finished Echo City, Loved it!!! was the first of your books I’ve read and will deffinetly be reading more, but was wondering if a follow up would be coming?

  16. tim says:

    Thanks Dale, that’s good to hear! No plans for a sequel yet. But you might like THE HERETIC LAND too, Similarly dark and twisted.

  17. Sanno says:

    This was my the first book I read of yours. Great imagery and characters and really really interesting concepts. Loved reading it despite not understanding parts of it. Be great to see this made into a TV/movie.

  18. Tim Lebbon says:

    Thanks Sanno! I’d like that too … maybe one day.

  19. Clare says:

    Got a bit of a problem with Echo City – every time I finish reading it I find myself having to read and re-read it! A really good story, with characters I care about (except for Jan Ray!). Looking forward to catching up with more of your stuff.

  20. Tim Lebbon says:

    Thank, Clare! There’s plenty more out there.

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