La Quête de l'Oiseau du Temps (The Quest for the Time Bird) is an epic fantasy [[FrancoBelgianComics Franco Belgian Comic]] by Serge Le Tendre and [[Creator/RegisLoisel Régis Loisel]]. It consists of four books in the main series, plus three in the ongoing {{Prequel}} cycle. Considered a reference in its genre, both for its vivid art and powerful storytelling.
In immemorial times, the evil god Ramor was [[SealedEvilInACan banished in a conch]]. However, as the witch-princess Mara finds out, Ramor is about to break free, and there is no time to renew the spell that binds it to the conch. She send her daughter Pelisse (Roxanna in the English translation) to find her old lover, the retired knight Bragon to retrieve both the conch and the egg of the time-bird, the latter allowing her to stop time so she can bind Ramor again.
The story revolves around ageing characters dealing with their past, and stepping down to find peace.
'''These books provide example of:'''
* ActionGirl: Pelisse
* {{Adventure}}
* AmbitionIsEvil: [[spoiler:Mara, in the main series.]]
* AnAxeToGrind: the most powerful warriors, Bragon and the Rige, use axes.
* AncientTomb: in #2 of the main series.
* ArtifactOfDoom: the book of Gods.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: the Rige, Bragon, Mara and some other ones.
* BadassAdorable: Pelisse's adorable pet saves the day in #2 of the main series.
* BadassNormal: Bragon, Bulrog, the Rige, ...
* BigDamnHeroes: for example, the Rige in #3 of the prequel.
* BittersweetEnding: the main series' ending is more bitter than sweet.
* ChangedMyMindKid: in the prequel. Bragon and Javin quarrel over Bragon's infatuation with Mara, and Javin leaves, but comes back just in time to [[spoiler: [[TearJerker get killed]].]]
* CowardlySidekick: the Stranger, in the main series.
* {{Denouement}}: the main series has one.
* DeusExMachina: in fact, it is a ''god-killer'' ex machina.
* ExactTimeToFailure: Ramor will break free on the night of the next turning season.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Bulrog]]
* IHaveBoobsYouMustObey: Pelisse... distracts a crowd long enough to allow her, Bragon and the stranger to get away.
* LovableCoward: the "Stranger", before he TakesALevelInBadass and gets CharacterDevelopment in tome 4.
* MsFanservice: Pelisse, and her mother Mara in the prequel.
* NonHumanSidekick: Bragon gets one in the book two of the prequel. Pélisse' pet in the main series.
* OldMaster: Bragon to Bulrog, the Rige to Bragon
* RecklessSidekick: Javin in the first book of the prequel is even more reckless than teenage Bragon. [[spoiler:It gets him killed]].
* SealedEvilInACan: Ramor
* SceneryPorn
* WorthyOpponent: How Bragon and the Rige see each other.