The Curse of the Raven Mocker
By Marly Youmans
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Hardcover, 9780374316679, 288pp.)
Publication Date: September 2003
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A chilling fantasy based on Cherokee myth
It’s been weeks since Adanta’s sick father left on a quest to find the healing lake mentioned in the lore of the Cherokee. Since then a visitor has arrived, a man Adanta doesn't like – James, or, as she's styled him, the Lean One. One day, after witnessing him make a frightening incantation, Adanta finds that her mother has fallen under the Lean One's spell, and she is lured away from the cottage. Left alone in a remote area of the Smoky Mountains, Adanta has no choice but to venture forth into the wilderness, in the hope of finding both her parents. To accomplish this, she must journey to Adantis, the secret home of the Hidden People deep in the mountains.
On her quest, Adanta finds many friends, but she also encounters untold dangers, including the threat of the Raven Mockers – humans who take the form of birds and steal the remaining life from those who are hurt or ill. To protect herself, and potentially save her mother and be reunited with her father, will require all the strength and courage she can muster.
Marly Youmans is the author of three previous novels for adults. She lives in Cooperstown, New York.
"Genre fans who have lamented the lack of high fantasy with a truly American setting will welcome this original, imaginative story with its well-researched background." --Booklist
"Adanta fights for her parents' lives in this ambitious fantasy. . .The fusion of Appalachian and Cherokee cultures is compelling." --Kirkus Reviews
"A good addition to younger teen fiction collections." -- VOYA