Singer of All Songs (Chanters of Tremaris #1)

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Kate Constable's lyrical, acclaimed fantasy debut--now in paperback!

Calwyn has never been beyond the high ice-wall that guards the sisters of Antaris from the world of Tremaris. She knows only the rounds of her life as a novice ice priestess, tending her bees, singing her ice chantments, and dreaming.
But then Calwyn befriends Darrow, a mysterious Outlander who appears inside the Wall and warns of an approaching danger. To help Darrow, to see ...

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Overview

Kate Constable's lyrical, acclaimed fantasy debut--now in paperback!

Calwyn has never been beyond the high ice-wall that guards the sisters of Antaris from the world of Tremaris. She knows only the rounds of her life as a novice ice priestess, tending her bees, singing her ice chantments, and dreaming.
But then Calwyn befriends Darrow, a mysterious Outlander who appears inside the Wall and warns of an approaching danger. To help Darrow, to see the world, and perhaps to save it, Calwyn will leave the safety of the Wall for a journey with a man she barely knows--and an adventure as beautiful and dangerous as the music of chantment itself.

Calwyn, a young priestess of ice magic, or "chantment," joins other chanters with different magical skills to fight a sorcerer who wants to claim all their powers for his own.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This first book in a planned trilogy, centered on a 16-year-old who is enticed outside of her kingdom, should generate interest in a promising newcomer to children's fantasy," according to PW. Ages 12-up. (Mar.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Young adult fantasy literature has a strong new voice in Australian Kate Constable. Her first novel is also the first installment in "The Chanters of Cremaris" trilogy. Calwyn is nearing her last year of training to become a priestess in the walled land of Antaris. Her magical specialty—which she accomplishes by singing songs, or chantments—is Ice. Calwyn can manipulate elements of ice for a variety of purposes, the foremost being keeping the wall strong and impenetrable. When Calwyn rescues an injured Outlander, a sorcerer named Darrow, who has somehow penetrated the walls of Antaris, her life takes an unsuspected turn. Darrow is being pursued by the sorcerer, Samis, whose evil lust for power drives him to attain all nine powers of Cremaris, including Ice, Fire, Iron, Beasts, and Wind. If Samis is successful, he will be the Singer of All Songs and rule as Emperor of all Cremaris. Calwyn and Darrow are forced to abandon Calwyn's homeland, with Samis in hot pursuit. Together, and with the help of well-drawn, likeable characters that they meet along the way, the pair travels to many corners of this well-imagined universe. With this maturely written, richly imagined novel, Kate Constable will surely develop a loyal following. 2004 (orig. 2002), Arthur A Levine Books/Scholastic, Ages 10 to 14.
—Christopher Moning
VOYA
Constable makes a solid debut in the United States with the first installment of The Chanters of Tremaris Trilogy. Calwyn, sixteen, is a novice ice priestess in Antaris, a land bound by an enormous wall of ice maintained by the priestesses through their sung chantments. Orphaned as an infant, her father unknown, Calwyn sings her chantments and tends bees; Antaris is the only world she has ever known. The routine of her life is disrupted when Darrow, an ironcrafter, makes his way over the wall while fleeing from Samis, a power hungry sorcerer—who happens to be his closest friend. Calwyn's life becomes bound up with Darrow's as they leave Antaris and set out across Tremaris to try to find a way to stop Samis. They acquire several companions along the way, each with a special gift. Constable's descriptive and detailed narrative is reminiscent of fellow Australian Garth Nix's writing but not quite as finely honed. The story carries itself well, although it occasionally slows. The plot does not founder, however, and it is compelling enough to keep the reader turning pages. Constable also is not afraid to let the story develop naturally, even where the fate of her characters is concerned. These characters are well rounded and complex, with authentic emotions and responses. There is a finished feel to the book, a sense of completion, even though the reader knows that there is more to come. This feeling of resolution is satisfying while piquing curiosity for more. VOYA Codes: 4Q 4P J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2004 (orig. 2002), Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic,304p., Ages 12 to 18.
—Donna Scanlon
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Calwyn is living a quiet life as a novice priestess of ice-magic, hidden away from the world behind a magical wall of ice. Then one day she finds a wounded man inside the ice wall, and a man who has his own magic, that of iron. Worse, he brings a warning of an evil sorcerer, who wants to control all the world's magic. So Calwyn and Darrow set off on their quest, encountering friends, danger and masters of other magic. Together, can they stand against the one who would be The Singer Of All Songs? This first book in the Chanters of Tremaris series is well written and assured, the magic and the world carefully planned. A must for all fantasy collections. (Chanters of Tremaris, Book 1). KLIATT Codes: JSA*—Exceptional book, recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2002, Scholastic, 297p., Ages 12 to adult.
—Deirdre Root
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up-In Tremaris, a world with three moons, Chanters are sorcerers who can sing nine different types of magic. Calwyn, a soon-to-be priestess of "icecall" in the women-ruled Antaris, longs to travel beyond the wall that separates her country from the rest of the world. She gets her wish when she meets Darrow, a wounded ironcraft sorcerer who has somehow managed to enter Antaris. Darrow is in flight from Samis, an evil sorcerer who would control the world by learning all nine powers of Chantment. As Calwyn defies her priestess sisters to join Darrow and other companions who would defy Samis, she begins to realize that her own powers extend beyond that of icecall. The story contains elements of many great fantasy novels, including handsome, tormented sorcerers and scrappy urchins who reveal potent powers of their own. The landscape is vivid and fully realized, but the characters are sometimes static. Some of the plot devices seem overly familiar, but others are reworked and have the appeal of variants of well-loved fairy tales. Fans of Tamora Pierce's "Lioness" books (Atheneum) as well as Marion Zimmer Bradley's Mists of Avalon (Ballantine, 1984) will welcome the first book in this new trilogy from Australia.-Farida S. Dowler, formerly at Bellevue Regional Library, WA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
This first series installment has intriguing magics and geographies but is sewn from thin cloth. On Tremaris, a planet with three moons, Calwyn lives in the land of Antaris and trains as a priestess. Her craft is ice-call, a "chantment" (magic through singing) that commands "everything that is cold: ice and snow and freezing." When a haughty stranger crosses Antaris's ice-border and needs help, Calwyn flees with him into faraway lands she's never seen. They travel and collect friends, some of whom know other chantments, while attempting to defeat sorcerer Samis, who wants to learn all nine Powers of chantment and thus conquer the world. Calwyn is a fairly passive protagonist, and several things (the actual workings of chantment; definitions of the Powers; various characters' emotions) are well-sketched, but without depth. A map is sorely missed. Not meaty, but creative. (Fantasy. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439554794
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2005
  • Series: The Chanters of Tremaris , #1
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 4.34 (w) x 6.76 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

KATE CONSTABLE spend much of her childhood in Papua New Guinea, without a television but within reach of the library, where she "inhaled" stories. She studied Arts/Law at Melbourne University before beginning her life as a writer. Constable lives in Thornbury, Australia, with her husband and child.
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  • Posted November 19, 2012

    Loved to death.

    Loved to death.

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  • Posted March 25, 2012

    Great read!

    I began to read this series for the first time about 6 years ago and I loved it then. At the time, the third book had not yet been published and I anxiously awaited it. Now that I've bought them all and read them again, I am just as pleased with them as when I first read them. I would highly recommend this trilogy to any lover of fantasy. Honestly, this trilogy is one of my favorites. Kate Constable does not disappoint.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    The Singer of All Songs

    Kate Constable spun an amazing tale that enchanted my heart. I fell head over heels for the characters.... I wished I could have been on this adventure with them. And the relationship between Calwyn and Darrow is so.... entriguing.... it left me wanting more... but not in the bad way. Constable kept their ongoing confusion about love going the perfect amount of time, and you never really discover if they really love each other until the second and third books. I definitely recommend this trilogy, as it is now one of my favorites.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2010

    Singer of Alls Songs by Kate Constable

    If I am to rate this book, I'll rate it 5 out of 5 stars. I enjoyed this book a lot. Once I started reading the book, I wanted to know what will happen next that it took me a lot of effort to put the book down. I find the main character Calwyn very brave. She never seems to give up and always bravely face the problem she is in. She doesn't just hide and do nothing but actually tries to be useful. To me, the whole plot of the book is amazing. From the very start of the book there are actions instead of just pages of introductions. Also, the idea of how there are nine different powers and each different power is in different parts of the world the book is set in is very interesting. I really liked how the whole story was not just about Calwyn but also let us glimpse at what happened in the past of some of the other characters which made me want to know even more about these characters and their past.

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  • Posted December 6, 2009

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    Very inspirational, and creative!

    The world in this book is told as if Kate Constable were there herself to see it. It has it's touch of humor in real life situations, and a little hint of romance to it. Calwynn is a great character, seeing the sites and experiences for the first time, just as we are when adventuring this new world. It also tells how you must be careful in another country and with your enemies...And what a weird science kid is good for!
    It's just a very good story of another world. A fantasy world that you can get your head stuck in that you can follow through to the end!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2009

    Singer of All Songs

    This book is absolutly amazing. It's thrilling, and is charming. Perfect for young adults! :)

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  • Posted April 3, 2009

    The Singer of All Songs

    This book was ok, at first it is confusing to understand. But, as the story progresses it gets better and better! I recommend this book to people who like fantasy or adventure.

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  • Posted December 29, 2008

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    Quite enjoyable!

    There is nothing better in the world to me than a fantasy book series, so when I saw this book I knew I had to read it. I enjoyed reading this book very much and had quite a bit of trouble putting it down. I adore quest books, so if you enjoy this kind of book as well, you will surely like it. I felt for the characters and wondered the whole time what was going to happen. I must say that I can't wait to read the second book in this series. I recommend this book and know that if you delight in fantasy books you will as well.

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  • Posted December 15, 2008

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    This book is Awsome!

    After I read this book, I kept rereading it over and over until I came to the total of rereading it 9 times. It was just so good. I TOTALLY recomend this book, and any others in this series. U have got to read this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2008

    A reviewer

    So I had never heard of this trilogy before and I saw it and thought it looked interesting since i like fantasy books, and seriously the whole trilogy is the best thing I've ever read, I couldn't put all three books down, and I am sad that I finished them because I loved them so much. I totally got pulled into the world that Kate Constable created here, and the characters are well described. Anyone who likes adventure, fantasy, and a bit of romance, should deifnitely pick these up, you won't regret it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2008

    It was awsome!

    I think that this book is the best ever! I wish she would write a fourth book! My fave part was when they traveled to Spareth and fought Samis! The third book was amazing because she got her powers back! I didn't like it when Samis kidnapped her though! I was a little too twisty and turny! I mean seriously! any way it was a good book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2008

    Omg! Great Book!

    Just a couple days of ago, I realized that I needed a new book. I randomly picked out a book from my school library. I just happened to pick up the book 'The Singer of All Songs'. After finishing it in nearly a day or so, I immediately picked up the other two books of the series. The book was so captivating, and I enjoyed every minute of it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2008

    IT SHOULD ACTUALLY BE 100,000

    This book was totally awesome. I wish we could type in our own number to rate books because i would give this book a 100,000. I am totally in love with this trilogy. If i could marry it I would (theoretically of course). If you love fiction you should totally read this, it is without a doubt the best book you will ever read, except the other two of course.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2007

    A reviewer

    These books have everything! Adventure, romance, a good story line, good vs. evil... EVERYTHING! They are brimming with magic and enjoyment, and the characters basically jump out of the pages! Kate Constable is an absolutely amazing writer... and she needs to write more books like this. They are oddly like The Naming and The Riddle because they're stories are almost mirroring one another. It's weird, but it is still good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2008

    REALLY GOOD!

    I would recamend this book to anyone, whether adult or child.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2007

    Mysterious, Thrilling, Romantic, Adventurous

    This book was soooo amazing! I couldn't put it down for more than one second! I thought that it was one of the best books I've ever read. I liked it because it didn't just have the male characters be the hero. It portrayed women as being heros too. Its plot was so amazing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2008

    I loved it! Best book of Thanksgiving break!

    This is so far one of the books on my top ten list of favorite books! From the first couple chapters where Calwyn and Darrow meet, I just knew they would have to end up falling in love with each other! Darrow makes me really mad, I can sympathize with Calwyn there. But I know he's a good guy with problems. I really want him to get over himself and just marry Calwyn in the end though. I just checked the third book out from the library and am SO excited to read it! These books you can get into the characters and feel what they are feleing. This is such an amazing topic that the author chose I don't know how she did it! 'sorry everyone who thinks this review sounds totally incoherent, i am really tired' This should be on every teenagers list of books to read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2007

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    These 3 books were so sosossooooooo good! I never stopped reading them. I thought is was almost unbearable when Calwyn lost her powers and I drove everyone crazy when she got them back! It was awseome that everything turned out good...except when Mica died. That was really sad...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2007

    Excellent

    I loved this book. It has good history and well-rounded characters, especially Calwyn and Darrow. The adventure was exciting and fun BUT... It was a tad boring. Nothing too exciting happened, nothing that shocked me or blew me out of the water. But I still thought it was good!! Read it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2006

    Very Good

    This is a book that I enjoyed very much. The first book I could not put down, and after I read that I knew I had to go get the Second and third book, and I could not put those down I had to know what happened to Calwyn and Darrow. If your the person that likes adventures and romances this is a book for you. A great read!

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