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Roberts, Katherine. Song quest.

(The Watchers, Bk. 1) Scholastic. 271p. c1999. 0-43933892-1. $4.99. JS

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, Middle School Reading Teacher, Palmyra, MO
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Title Annotation:The Echorium Sequence, Vol. 1
Author:Conrad, Stacey
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Jul 1, 2002
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