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SongQuest is an excellent adventure-quest, rich in powerful description and invention. Like Harry Potter, it is based in a school--a school for Singers, children who are learning to command songs which can control thought. The different kinds of songs are powerful tools for good in the right hands but can be deadly dangerous when misused: challa the dream song, soothing and healing as people sleep; kashe, for healing through laughter; shi, a song of pain, for healing through tears; aushan, a scary song that brings life to inner fears; and yehn, most frightening of all and very rarely to be used, which closes doors in the head leading to a kind of living death. In their final year of training, three children Rialle, Frenn and Kherron get caught up in the brutal battle between the forces of good from their home, the Isle of Echoes, and the evil wielded by the Kingdom of the Karch. Each must use their particular skills to save the half creatures, the merlee and the quetzal, who are being ruthlessly slaughtered by the Karch. Rialle has the true Singer's gift for both singing and listening but Frenn and Kherron each have a special part to play, too.
SongQuest is the first of what promises to be an absorbing fantasy sequence which satisfies on many levels. (Ages 10-12 years) --Julia Eccleshare --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Song Quest has a future!
Song Quest is my first novel. It grew from two short stories published in two different fantasy magazines that between them demanded to be a longer story... One was about the half-human, half-fish MERLEE whose songs had power over the wind and waves; the other created the PENTANGLE and the ECHORIUM (although I didn't know what the bluestone building where Singers lived was going to be called back then!) I was lucky enough to find an editor called Barry Cunningham who also thought these stories should be a book, and Song Quest was the result. When we won the Branford Boase Award in June 2000 for Best First Children's Novel, it was wonderful to know that other people, too, thought the story deserved to live. But we didn't stop there!
Fans of Song Quest might be interested to know that I have already written CRYSTAL MASK, the second book in the sequence, and that there will be a third just as soon as I get back to my "real-work" computer. All the Echorium books will be published by Barry Cunningham's new company Chicken House, since Element are now sadly out of business. This means that those of you who have been looking for Song Quest on this site should soon be able to find it... watch this space! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Loved this book - what a terrific find! One of those books which, like Anne McCaffrey will appeal as much to adults as YA ... Read morePublished 5 months ago by nogginthenog
A gripping story, very original with three strong teenage protagonists. A good mix of light and dark themes
I will read more of this author's work - including the... Read more
I never knew what my favourite book was, or thought that I ever would until I read Song Quest. It is just superb. Read morePublished on 21 Oct. 2006 by Mr Pinky
I first read this book a few years ago and only recently discovered the sequels, so re-read it and it was even better the second time round. Read morePublished on 11 Sept. 2004 by Laura
Song Quest is the best book I have ever read and to make it even better I bought it through amazon!!! Read morePublished on 23 May 2004
I began reading this book straight after reading the 5th Harry Potter book. While I am a big Harry Potter fan, I was pleasantly surprised by "Song Quest". Read morePublished on 17 July 2003