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The Singer of All Songs: The Chanters of Tremaris Trilogy, Vol. 1by Kate Constable
The first in a trilogy, Singer of All Songs is richly woven and full of fascinating characters. Constable paints the imagery with care. The story tells of the power and the magic of singing, and will hold you spellbound, looking forward to the second installment.
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Introducing a world in which music makes magic.
Calwyn has lived all her life behind the high ice-wall that guards the sisters of Antaris from the world of Tremaris. The sisters practice ice chantment — one of the Nine Powers of chantment, a form of magic worked through music. But when Calwyn finds an Outlander man fallen, wounded, through the wall, she is drawn to him...and drawn into a wondrous, dangerous adventure that takes her outside the wall and to the limits of her own powers, as she, the Outlander Darrow, and others unite to defeat the sorcerer Samis, who seeks to claim all Nine Powers and become the Singer of All Songs.
"Constable's debut novel, the first of a planned trilogy, takes place in a world where the song of the human voice is the carrier of strong magic. In the secluded kingdom of Antaris, hidden from the rest of the world by an enormous ice Wall, 16-year-old Calwyn keeps bees and prepares to become a full priestess, learning the power of song-spell 'chantments.' She finds an injured Outlander inside the Wall, and although the women of Antaris are suspicious (could he be a sorcerer, chanting spells used by the desert-dwelling Merithurans? Or perhaps a worker of the winds from Firthana?), Calwyn befriends Darrow and learns that he is being pursued by the sorcerer Samis, who seeks to be emperor of all Tremaris and, indeed, to be the fabled Singer of all Songs, 'as powerful as the gods themselves.' Moving outside the Wall, the story turns to a fast-paced nautical adventure, leading up to an unexpectedly philosophical finale. Constable has imagined a rich, satisfying universe, but the sheer level of detail is overwhelming at first; readers might find themselves wishing for a map or glossary to sort out the magic systems, place names and social structures. Happily, those who press on will find their efforts rewarded. Ending with an intriguing set-up for the next installment, this book should generate interest in a promising newcomer to children's fantasy. Ages 12-up. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"An impressive debut by an author who clearly has much to contribute to the fantasy genre." Jennifer Mattson, Booklist (Starred Review)
"[I]ntriguing magics and geographies....Calwyn is a fairly passive protagonist, and several things...are well-sketched, but without depth. A map is sorely missed. Not meaty, but creative." Kirkus Reviews
"[R]eadable and engaging....The novel is too short for the world in which it takes place to be fully realized, but its climate and geography are well sketched....Readers who enjoy Tamora Pierce's work will be especially delighted..." Sue Bursztynski, January Magazine
Set in an utterly original world where enchantment is worked by singing, The Singer of All Songs is the first title in a new fantasy trilogy.
Calwyn, a young priestess of ice magic, or "chantment," joins with other chanters who have different magical skills to fight a sorcerer who wants to claim all powers for his own.
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