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