review by Maryom
The Isle of Echoes is home to the Singers who seek to maintain harmony in the world through the ancient Songs of Power - Challa for healing, Kashe for laughter, Shi for sadness, Aushan for discipline and Yehn for death. Rialle, Kherron and Freyn are young singers training at the Echorium, but when a fearsome storm washes a stranger ashore and the sea-dwelling Merlee half-creatures call for help, their life changes completely. Journeying to the mainland they discover that an evil force is trying to destroy everything the Singers have worked for. The only hope lies in the power of Song...
A highly enjoyable and original adventure fantasy. It rather plunges straight into the story- so much so that I wondered if this was book 2 of a series although it is the beginning of a trilogy - but I was soon up and running with the characters and setting. Behind the adventure are warnings of what could happen if we too continue to destroy the world around us, making this story both entertaining and thought-provoking.
With a strong female lead and 2 contenders for the title of 'hero' it is a tale that will appeal to both girls and boys.
Maryom's Review - 4 stars
Publisher - Catnip Publishing
Genre - Children's fiction 10 -12, fantasy
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