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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Chicken House Ltd; New edition edition (1 Aug 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903434327
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903434321
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 947,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Katherine Roberts is a part English, part Welsh fantasy author with a bit of Spanish blood too! She studied Mathematics at the University of Bath, and then worked with racehorses while writing her first short stories for SF/Fantasy magazines.

Her debut novel "Song Quest" won the 2000 Branford Boase Award, launching her career as a children's author. Her published titles so far include fantasy and historical fiction for middle grade/teen readers (Pendragon Legacy quartet, Seven Fabulous Wonders series, Echorium Sequence, Spellfall), and an epic historical novel about Alexander the Great's horse for YA/adults (also now available as an ebook serial with bonus material for younger readers).

Katherine's website with full details of her books can be found at www.katherineroberts.co.uk

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Amazon Review

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.

From the Author

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.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Nov 2001
Format: Paperback
I was enthralled reading this. What a delightful book. It is written in a similar vein to the Anne McCaffrey "Chronicles of Pern" although I found Song Quest lighter and it was much easier to follow the different characters. It was uplifting, while at the same time, made you angry with ignorant humans and how they harm the world around them, intentionally or not. I will be looking to read more of Katherine Roberts' writings.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 8 Dec 2002
Format: Paperback
Song Quest is a well-written fantasy novel, which appeals to those who enjoy the Harry Potter series, but perhaps feel that they're growing out of it.
On the Isle of Echoes, three young novice Singers are learning new skills in the Echorium. There are five different songs that the Singers learn - one that makes you sleep, laugh, and one that even can cause death.
When Rialle, the best in the class, hears the cry of the merlee half-creatures, she's sent on an amazing quest to protect them. Accompanied by the Second Singer, and her friend Frenn who stows away, she risks danger along the way. Little does she know that Kherron, her enemy at the Echorium, is working for what she's fighting against. Will he end up being a friend or foe?
A very readable story - it takes a while to get into it, but after a slow start, the story really picks up. Amazon recommends this for 10-12 year olds, but I'm 14 and enjoyed it thoroughly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miriam Ospovat-Stockton on 8 April 2003
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The Echorium Sequence is the best Trilogy I have ever read. The first book, Song Quest, starts with Rialle sailing the Wavesong with Second Singer Toharo to try and stop the Mainlanders killing the Merlee for their eggs. One thing leads to another and they find themselves battling with Khizpriest Frahzin!
The second book, Crystal Mask, starts with Renn in the Echorium, and Shaiala on a boat to the Echorium for Song Treatment. Then the Echorium find out-Frahzin's back with an even stronger hatred for Singers than ever!
The last (unfortunately) book in the trilogy, Dark Quetzal, starts with (Oh, I can't remember her name...oops!) in the Echorium, and Night Plume in a forest (controlled by Frahzin). Then ___________ gets captured by Pirates, and yet again, Singers do battle with Frahzin!
What more can I say, except that this is the best book EVER!!!!!!! Read it, I want everyone to enjoy it's brilliance!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 7 Dec 2003
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Although this is in the childrens section this book captures the imagination for the young and old (I'm in the 'old' category!) and is well worth a try. I read all 3 books in this series in a week and I'll certainly read more from Katherine Roberts. Give it a go, and if you're an adult like me then don't be embaressed by picking a book from the kids section.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Jun 2005
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i read alot of books but the echorium sequence is my all-time favourite. I sing so i know how important singing is to people. i cried soo much in the books but for no reason at all. i will keep re-reading these books for a long, long time because i love them so much. I really like the way Katherine roberts has created such strong characters. Rialle is soo sweet and innocent, but becomes stronger and a more powerful character. Frenn is a loveable character, he lightens the mood in the book. You want to hate kherron but by the end you fall into loving him. i recomend these books to anyone and everyone.
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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. Katherine Roberts takes you on a mythical tour of a brand new world, so cleverly constructed that you can't help but be drawn into it and imagine it to be real in every detail. The descriptions are so amazing that everyting seems almost real and you forget you're still in this reality! The characters are brilliant, you really care for them and want them to succeed (and luckily they come up in the sequels so you find out what they're like when they're older too). The storyline is very fascinating, and though it does take a little while to get going, once it does you can't put it down as your so desperate to find out what happens. Everything is woven together so well that it all falls into place perfectly and it's almost as if the world is real. There are also very good messages in the story about respect and mistreating other people or creatures who are different, which only helps add to the good versus evil storyline. It is about three singers, Kherron, Rialle and Frenn and they're adventures as they travel to the mysterious karchland and face the evil awaiting them there which threatens to destroy their home, the beautiful Echorium where they learn songs to help them protect the world. Rialle and Frenn travel with the powerful Second Singer, whereas Kherron travels as a runaway after he escapes the Isle of Echoes where the Echorium is. If it sounds like too much of a kids story, fear not - I'm twenty and loved every minute of it! A MUST READ
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr Pinky on 21 Oct 2006
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I never knew what my favourite book was, or thought that I ever would until I read Song Quest. It is just superb. I just could not put it down, and , if I did, I just couldn't stop thinking about it! The way that she has two main characters, and kind of "sub-main characters" is ace! When I read it, I forgot about the real world as if I was being sung Challa! READ IT!
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