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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 ...

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Overview

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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Publishers Weekly
The first volume of the Echorium Sequence introduces the Isle of Echoes and the "Singers," who keep the peace. They alone hear the messages of the island's mute magical half-creatures and keep the powers of good and evil in balance. Ages 9-up. (Feb.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Rialle and Kherron are about to finish their education at the Echorium on the Isle of Echoes, where they are training to become Singers-the mysterious people who use their songs both to heal troubled folk and to harm the enemies that threaten them. At the end of her training, Rialle is selected for a special mission to the mainland, singing songs to mermaid-like half-creatures called the merlee, whose own songs can either conjure storms or calm seas. In the meantime, Kherron, frustrated with the lack of freedom at the Echorium, runs away with a band of wild seamen who are killing the merlee and harvesting their eggs. Eventually, both young people reunite on the mainland where a corrupt government is intent not only on destroying the sacred half-creatures but also on using the Singers' own powers against themselves. Lyrical language is the book's greatest strength; many images of the half-creatures are truly lovely. Certain other details, such as the mainlanders' penchant for braiding their victims' finger bones into their hair, add depth to this imagined world. However, the characters are not sufficiently developed for readers to care about them, and their motivations are not sufficiently explained for readers to understand them. Although the chase sequence at the novel's end holds potential, it goes on far too long and never reaches a satisfying closure. This is the first book in "The Echorium Sequence," and a few truly determined readers may hope that further installments will provide additional resolution.
—Norah Piehl
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On Isle of Echoes, Singers keep the world running harmoniously. They make and enforce treaties with their neighbors to the east to protect the Half Creatures and others in the land. The merlee, half human and half fish, are being hunted for their eggs, because the Karchlord thinks they will heal him if he eats them. Rialle, a novice singer with great potential, hears the cry of the merlee and vows to help them. She goes with the Second Singer to Sivertown and the Karchlord's hold to see what can be done to fix the broken treaty. Another novice, Kherron, has run away and accidentally ends up in the same place. He is angry and must decide just which side he is on—the side of the evil Khizpriest, who is poisoning the Karchlord, or the side of the Singers, who would bring peace back to the land. This complex story is a compelling read. I cared about the characters, even the angry Kherron, and wanted him to grow up and come to his senses. I anxiously await the next book in the series, and hope that Rialle appears as one of the main characters, even though it is set 20 years in the future from this story. Stacey Conrad, (The Echorium Sequence, Vol. 1).. KLIATT Codes: JS—Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 1999, Scholastic, 271p.,
— Middle School Reading Teacher
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For years, the Singers have worked to restore the old harmony between humans and half-creatures. Living on the Isle of Echoes, they use their songs and bluestones to control the forces of good and evil. Normally their work is done on the Isle, but when the enemies of the Echorium grow strong, the Singers must take their powers abroad. Song Quest, the first book in the Echorium Sequence, introduces two young singers: Rialle, gifted with the ability to communicate with half-creatures, and Kherron, headstrong and brave. They journey to the mountains of the Karch where they use all their skills against the evil Khizpriest and his khizcrystal. Twenty years later, in Crystal Mask, Kherron is now the Second Singer, in charge of worldly business. Rialle's son, Renn, annoyingly pouty and petulant, also is gifted with the skills of communication. Evil again runs rampant on the mainland, and the power of the khizcrystal has returned. Treaties protecting the half-creatures are ignored. Street children and unicorn foals are kidnapped and forced into slave labor harvesting the black khizcrystal. Kherron again must battle the evil, this time with the help of Renn and Shaiala, a young girl raised by the unicorns on the purple plains. She is a wild thing, more inclined to kick her way out of trouble than struggle with human talk. As reluctant as Renn and Shaiala might be to cooperate with each other, only their special skills can defeat the power of the Khiz. Crystal Mask relies on the foundation laid in Song Quest, first published in the United Kingdom but released in paperback simultaneously with its sequel in the United States. It is best to read both books to gain a clear picture of the characters andthe world they inhabit. The glossary of terms at the back is helpful, especially in describing the centaur kicks and the Songs of Power. Author of Spellfall (Scholastic, 2000/VOYA December 2001), Roberts leaves the door open for another book in the Echorium Sequence. Reminiscent of Tamora Pierce's The Immortals and Protector of the Small series, this British import will appeal to the same audience. VOYA CODES: 3Q 4P M J (Readable without serious defects; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2002 (orig. 1999), Chicken House/Scholastic, 256p,
— Roxy Ekstrom
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439338929
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2002
  • Series: Echorium Sequence Series , #1
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 272
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 780L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.27 (w) x 7.63 (h) x 0.65 (d)

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Shipwreck: The day everything changed, Singer Graia took Rialle's class down the Five Thousand Steps to the west beach. They followed her eagerly enough. A Mainlander ship had broken up on the reef in recent storms, and the Final Years were being allowed out of the Echorium to search for pieces of the wreck. This was such a rare treat, the very air thrummed with snatches of the laughter-song 'Kashe' as the class gathered around the rock that Singer Graia had adopted as a lecture podium. Graia's formal robe of grey Singer silk billowed in the wind, but she'd plaited her thick blue hair into a rope which hung over one shoulder, softening the effect. When she called for silence and led them all in the Echorium anthem, the Final Years sang with more enthusiasm than usual - most of them, anyway. Rialle had a nagging headache which even the 'Kashe' failed to shift. Frenn and Chissar, forever doing silly things to try to impress her, were mouthing the less reverent pallet-ditty under their breath. While at the very back of the group, jaw set in typical Kherron fashion and eyes burning a hole in Rialle's back, the most unpopular boy in the class wasn't singing at all.
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Table of Contents

Map: The Silver Shore (2-3, 2)
Echorium Anthem (4, 1)
Guide to the Silver Shore (9-13, 5)
Shipwreck (15-32, 18)
Echorium (33-49, 17)
Storm (50-62, 13)
The Hunters (63-74, 12)
Merlee (75-83, 9)
Lies (84-102, 19)
Truth (103-114, 12)
Khizpriest (115-127, 13)
Quetzal (128-145, 18)
Captive (146-166, 21)
Karchlord (167-186, 20)
Chase (187-201, 15)
Battle (202-213, 12)
Song Power (214-230, 17)
Echoes (231-236, 6)
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  • Posted December 6, 2012

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    Katherine Roberts has created a fantastical world that I was sad

    Katherine Roberts has created a fantastical world that I was sad to leave.

    I'm a big fan of any story that has a basis in singing. Anne McCaffrey's Crystal Singer books are some of my favorites, and I have yet to find another book combining singing and fantasy that I've enjoyed - that is, until Song Quest.

    I loved the different types of song - I thought they tied in so fantastically, especially to me and my friends, who thrive on music. (I have to say, that's part of our generation - we NEED our music to survive.) Seeing the different types and what they could do was amazing.

    The Half-Creatures were my favorite part of the story. I LOVE fantasy beasts, and these were beautifully well crafted. As for the actual humans in the story, I liked Rialle, though I felt as if she was too passive sometimes - though, in her situation, it was understandable. I LOVED watching Kherron's development throughout the story - he was definitley my favorite character.

    My only problem with the story were a few minor characters that didn't really get explained (hello? what is up with Chissar?) and the very abrupt and open ending. The thing with fantasies is that I like knowing what happens to the characters - don't just leave me hanging, wondering if they were eaten by quatzals.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2008

    A reviewer

    This was a great book! loved all of it. hightly enjoyable!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2006

    A land of great mystery

    I loved this book, it was very exciting! I could not stop reading this book, even if I wanted to......... You better pick up a copy so that you could read it and enjoy it too, you'll thank me for it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2005

    Amazing Song Quest

    This book has to be my favourite book of all time. I loved everything about it. The suspense in the plotline and the brilliant character of Kherron. It has been on my bookshelf for nearly 5 years and I still love reading it again and again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2005

    song quest

    This book was fun to read.A story about a girl named Rialle and a boy named Kherron who are novices in the echorium on the island of echos where the peace keepers are called singers.when the evil Kizpriest is braking the half creature treaty and up seting the merlee.the singers travle to the mainlands and see to the peace treaty.then the kizpriest inprisons rialle in a cage to fafill his evil plot.This athour has created her own world full of magic and myshife.With every turn of the page theres a new adventure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2003

    Best Book Ever!!!

    i loved this book! I read it so many times I almost memorized it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2003

    Captivating Amazing

    You must read this book. Ms. Roberts wrote the most original story ever. I loved it so much it forced me to buy all of her books! Anyone who has not read the series must do so!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2003

    Better than most books

    I ordered Song Quest in school, and though i didn't really understand it at first i read it again and i LOVED it. roberts really let go of her imagiation creating fabulous characters, my favorite being the rebellious Kherron.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2002

    A truly original book...

    I got Song Quest for Christmas and started reading it right away! I have to admit, Lord of the Rings, and Tamora Pierce books are excellent, but very much follow the same plot. Katherine Roberts has created a truly original story-line and ideas, and makes the book impossible to put down. I liked Rialle and how she was able to commune with the Merlee, and Frenn who was willing to risk his life to save her. It was all very wonderful. Kherron was a wonderful character too, and if you haven't read this book, I suggest you do!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2002

    Awesome

    This book was great! I didn't understand the beginning at first, but then I read it over again. It was really good; I reccomend this book to anyone. Originally, my friend showed me this and let me borrow her book. I can't wait until she lends me the sequel!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2002

    great

    I'm really glad I gave into impulse and bought this. It gives an incredibly detailed account of an incredibly fascinating world, and you really get to know the characters. I also loved the ending, and can't wait to read the sequel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2000

    OUTSTANDING

    This book is one of the best books I have read in a long time. I have enjoyed reading this book. I could not put this book down without wrapping my mind wondering what happened next. This book is one of 'book hall of fame' if there was one.-

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