Singer in the Snow

Singer in the Snow

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by Louise Marley
     
 

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On the ice planet of Nevya, people rely on Cantors and Cantrixes, men and women with the ability to channel psi energy through music, creating heat and light. Mreen is possibly the most talented Cantrix on Nevya—but she is unable to make a sound. She is accompanied to her first posting by a younger Singer, Emle, who must come to terms with her own flawed Gift.

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On the ice planet of Nevya, people rely on Cantors and Cantrixes, men and women with the ability to channel psi energy through music, creating heat and light. Mreen is possibly the most talented Cantrix on Nevya—but she is unable to make a sound. She is accompanied to her first posting by a younger Singer, Emle, who must come to terms with her own flawed Gift. When the two young women find out about Gwin, a young girl whose abusive stepfather wants to exploit her psi-Gift talents, they find that in reaching out to her, they can also help themselves.

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Almost ten years since the conclusion of her Singers of Nevya trilogy (Sing the Light, Sing the Warmth, and Receive the Gift), Louise Marley returns to the ice planet with a science fantasy masterwork about two unique young women struggling to realize their potential.

On the planet of Nevya -- a world without any advanced technology where summer only comes every five years -- simply being outside at the wrong time can mean certain death. The Nevyans depend solely on Singers ("Gifted" individuals with the ability to channel psi energy through music to create heat and light) for survival. Mreen is one of the most powerful psi channelers Nevya has ever seen, but she's completely mute. Emle, on the other hand, is an exceptional Singer who can't productively channel her energy. When the two are sent from the shelter of the Nevyan Conservatory to a distant outpost, they must rely on each other for strength. But once at Tarus, their problems become secondary, as the two become involved in a young Gifted girl's life-and-death struggle to survive a negligent mother and a violently abusive stepfather.

From the beautifully lyrical writing style and deeply heartfelt themes to the extraordinary cover art and design, Marley's Singer in the Snow is truly magical. While categorized as a young adult title, this novel can -- and should -- be read by science fiction and fantasy fans of all ages. Remember the first time you read Le Guin's Earthsea novels or Tolkien's Lord of the Rings? All that timeless magic and wisdom is just as powerful in this instant classic. Paul Goat Allen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142407486
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
02/15/2007
Series:
Firebird Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
4.26(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Louise Marley lives in Washington State.

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SoaringLove More than 1 year ago
This book is about a girl -Emle- who can't use her "gift" the way she should be able to. She is sent to help interpret for another girl -Mreen- who cannot speak whatsoever. They travel to a city where Mreen must use her "gift" to warm an entire "House". There, Mreen and Emle become friends, Emle meets a young man -Luke- who's stepfather is horrible, and Mreen learns to live without her closest friend... Emle. Altogether this book was Nice
honorartist More than 1 year ago
I just started this book,but I can already tell it will be good. I'm not usually a big sci-fi fan, but this story isn't just science fiction. It's about two girls who are struggling to live the life of important figures in society. One who was never supposed to be born, but has incredible power. And one who is extremely hardworking, but just can't seem to accomplish her goal. It is a great book so far and it was very easy to get into.
PriscyPK More than 1 year ago
This book is great when you are looking for something to do. Believe me... when you first start reading, you won't be able to put the book down. It had me wondering throughout the entire thing! It's about a girl who finds in her heart to believe in herself. It shows us to never give up. If you want to read a book that keeps you guessing... READ THIS BOOK! You won't regret it!
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
In this inventive and well-told fantasy, Marley creates a world bound by ice and snow, where the daily ritual of quirna is all that keeps its residents from death. Those who create the ritual are called Singers, their ability to channel their Gift - a psionic power - and create warmth carefully trained at the Conservatory before they are sent out into greater society to serve. Emle is training to be a Singer, but while her technical skills are perfect, she can't control her psionic power. Frustrated and angry at the unreliability of her gift, she wonders what she'll do with her life if she can't become a full Singer.

When she's sent to a holding named Tarus to help interpret for Mreen, a new Cantrix with a great gift but without the ability to speak, it may be her last chance to master her gift. The novel deftly switches between Emle's point of view, and her struggles to not be jealous of Mreen's greater gift, and that of Mreen, as she struggles with the great responsibility placed on her shoulders in assuming her new position at Tarus, and with her shame over the circumstances of her birth. When Emle and Mreen arrive at Tarus they step right into a difficult situation with the apprentice hrussmaster, Luke, who is trying to protect his little sister, Gwin, from their abusive stepfather.

Marley unfolds a story that is rich with internal conflict, as each of her characters has to discover their own strength and path in life, and yet keeps a quick pace. Not strongly action-oriented, her novel is more about her characters and the decisions they face. By focusing on three central characters she can touch on many of the themes of adolescence; searching for meaning, struggling with the new responsibilities of adulthood, and knowing when to stand up for yourself, thus giving readers a lot they can relate to. Though this book is set in a world she has written in before, it can be read on its own even if you haven't read the others in the series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is being marketed to the young adult population well, I must be a young adult at 53 because I loved this book. It is an engaging, absorbing, enjoyable read. I also really enjoyed Louise's first trilogy and I hope the decision is made to republish that so others can enjoy it now that she's made more of a name for herself.