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Children's LiteratureCalantha has one desire in life: to be a Gatherer of Pods. The story pods allow a skilled gatherer to regale an audience with tales that strengthen the spirit and nourish the soul. Lately, though, the pods seem to be scarcer and no new growth is occurring. What will happen when no pods and no stories remain? While pondering this disturbing development, Calantha is kidnapped and thus learns about a plot somehow involving the king's sorcerer, Odharan. After escaping, Calantha goes in search of the Sower of Tales to find out what ails the land. Accompanied by Phelan, a young musician, Calantha reaches the Sower of Tales only to find that an even more dangerous task awaits her. She must travel to the King's palace and find out what evil Odharan intends towards the pods, the land, and Calantha's people. The concept of the story pods adds another dimension to a traditional fantasy quest. Readers will enjoy following Calantha through this well-created world on her quests. 2005, Fitzhenry and Whiteside, Ages 10 up.
—Amie Rose Rotruck