- Title: Dark Quetzal (The Echorium sequence)
- Author: Katherine Roberts
- Released: 2003-03-01
- Pages: 256
- ISBN: 190343467X
- ISBN13: 978-1903434673
- ASIN: 190343467X
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From School Library Journal
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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