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When the Singer Rialle disappears in suspicious circumstances and a pirate force kidnaps a young novice, the Singers suspect the return of their old enemy. Frazhin the evil sorcerer has returned and is hiding deep in the Quetzal forest. From here, he plans his revenge on the Singers of the Echorium, to obliterate them from the memories of all, both humans and half-creatures, replacing them with a history and dynasty of his own creation. He has already enslaved the half-creatures to do his bidding and has discovered the whereabouts of his dark Princess and the existence of a daughter, Kyarra, both hidden on the Isle of Echoes. As soon as his pirates return he will have everything within his grasp. But one of his half-creatures breaks free, a handsome half-boy, half-bird known as the Dark Quetzal. He files across the Seas to join forces with the Singers and together they battle to save the world from the power of darkness, once and for all. Unexpected help comes from some wonderful old friends of The Echorium Sequence - and Kyarra, a brave and spirited girl who in the end must face the dark forces led by her own father. Dark Quetzal is set 11 years after the events of Crystal Mask and is the final thrilling adventure in The Echorium Sequence, the epic saga that begun with the award-winning Song Quest.
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Katherine Roberts was born in 1962 in Torquay, England. She studied math at school, and completed a degree in the subject from the University of Bath. Since then she has worked with racehorses, computers and also spent time working in a pet shop. These days she is an award-winning children’s novelist, and also helps out with an annual Creative Writing Awards Scheme for local schools.
Katherine Roberts cites Ursula LeGuin and Philip Pullman as two of her favorite novelists, however her favorite changes with whatever mood she’s in.
Katherine Roberts lives in Ross-on-Wye, England.
Grade 5-8-Taking place 11 years after the events described in Crystal Mask (Scholastic, 2002), this novel opens with Singer Rialle being kidnapped from her cave home by Frazhin, the mad ex-priest who has spent the last 30 years trying to get revenge against the Singers. Now called the Starmaker, Frazhin has managed to brainwash several different groups of Half Creatures, including the merlee, naga, and quetzal, into helping him. They have no idea that he was responsible for the mutilation and death of hundreds of their kind. Only Night Plume, a rare black Quetzal, is immune to the brainwashing, and he agrees to help Rialle warn the Singers. Meanwhile, Frazhin's daughter Kyarra, raised as a Singer on the Isle of Echoes, has just discovered that she's got a mystery in her past. No sooner does she find out that her mother still lives, albeit in a zombielike state, than the two of them are kidnapped by pirates. Other new characters include Kyarra's friend Caell, the only novice who can communicate with Half Creatures, and a young pirate named Jilian. Like the first two books in the series, Dark Quetzal is a complicated tale, filled with adventure, magic, and mystery. Those who make their way through the entire sequence (and it does need to be read in order) will be rewarded by an intricate and intriguing world, memorable characters, and a satisfying conclusion.
Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library
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