The debut title in Katherine Roberts' thrilling new fantasy trilogy, The Echorium Sequence.
Welcome to a world from another time -- where legendary half-creatures still exist. A world where nature itself can be controlled by unearthly music. A world where the forces of good and evil are held in harmony by the Singers who have mastered the secret Songs of Power. A world on the brink of destruction, threatened by a dark lord whose evil knows no bounds. Rialle and Kherron, two novice Singers, are all that's left to stand in the enemy's way. Stranded in a strange land with only one another to rely on, these former rivals must work together if they are to survive. In a timeless coming-of-age journey, Rialle and Kherron discover the strength of spirit that lies within them in their quest to help good triumph over evil.
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Grade 5-7-Rialle, Kherron, and Frenn, three novices in the Echorium, on the Isle of Echoes, are learning to use special songs to induce various emotions in their target audiences. Rialle and Kherron are truly gifted, but Frenn is a washout. The three end up across the ocean and high in the mountains, where the Karchlord and his people are causing a great deal of grief among the regular folks and slaughtering the merlee and quetzal, half-human creatures. Any book that starts with a guide to the elements of the story and definitions of the language is not one that successfully integrates its component parts to create a seamless whole. Song Quest has such a guide, and even the guide does not help. Not one of the characters is shaded with the complexities that signify living characters. Roberts's choice of the word "quetzal" for the feathered half-human creatures is annoying. Using an already-defined name for a fantastic creature is a disservice to dedicated fantasy readers. Rialle's abilities to "far-listen" and talk to the creatures of the sea gives her an omniscience that effectively kills most of the dramatic tension. The concept of songs that alter the mind is an interesting one, but it is never explained in enough detail to make readers believe that it works, or why. Given the poor plotting, shallow characters, and sloppy use of language here, readers are far better served by Patricia McKillip's The Riddle-Master of Hed (Atheneum, 1976; o.p.) or Ellen K. McKenzie's Taash and the Jesters (Holt, 1995).
Patricia A. Dollisch, DeKalb County Public Library, Decatur, GA
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