The Tenth Power (Chanters of Tremaris #3)

The Tenth Power (Chanters of Tremaris #3)

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by Kate Constable, Lina Patel
     
 

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This is a story about tremendous courage and the strength of spirit that life sometimes demands. But it's also a story of hope, because sometimes when everything you know has failed you, there is another way. Sometimes there is a tenth power - if only you can find it.See more details below

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This is a story about tremendous courage and the strength of spirit that life sometimes demands. But it's also a story of hope, because sometimes when everything you know has failed you, there is another way. Sometimes there is a tenth power - if only you can find it.

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Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
The concluding title of the "Chanters of Tremaris Trilogy" opens with a haunting portrait of an eerily frozen world: the singers are silenced; dying sisters of Antaris are immured within a wall of ice; springtime with its rejuvenating warmth and sunshine may never come to Tremaris again. And our heroine, Calwyn, has lost the prodigious magical powers that defined her very selfhood and that could have enabled her to combat this heartrending, snow sickness that threatens her land and people. Constable's masterful storytelling voice leads readers through a series of suspenseful adventures, as Calwyn and her confederates struggle to understand and execute the cryptic mission confided to Calwyn by high priestess Marna on her deathbed: to find and mend the broken "Wheel" through the hitherto undiscovered Tenth Power of chantment. Unsuspected identities are revealed, few characters turn out to be what they initially seem, and the line between good and evil itself becomes blurred, until the novel builds to a powerful message about environmentalism, community, and the wonders of the written word. Readers new to the trilogy will be at some disadvantage entering Calwyn's world so late in the story, but will likely be motivated to seek out the earlier novels so as not to miss any part of her compelling journey to save her world—and herself.
Jeanne M. McGlinn
This novel completes the Chanters of Tremaris trilogy which includes The Singers of All Songs and The Waterless Sea. Eighteen-year-old Calwyn, suffering the loss of her magical powers of chanting, returns to her home in Antaris. She had fought the dangerous sorcerer Samis, lost her powers trying to heal a "dry and troubled land," and in her misery pushed away Darrow, the man she loves. She hopes to find refuge among the priestesses. Instead, she finds her home in the grip of endless winter, the chanters suffering from a plague of snow-sickness. There the dying High Priestness teaches her the secrets of the Goddess and sends her on a quest to find the Wheel, an object of Power, which can heal the world. Calwyn regains her magical powers when she is willing to sacrifice herself for another, even an enemy. Calwyn shows the people how they can break down barriers and live in harmony. Constable creates a vision of a Utopia where differences are overcome and warfare is broken. This magic can only be created when all the people join in a great dance of healing.
VOYA
In the final volume of the Chanters of Tremaris trilogy, Calwyn returns to Antaris, hoping for rest and respite after losing her powers of chantment. Instead of a haven, however, she finds a community ravaged by illness and fear. The former High Priestess, Marna, clings to life, hidden from Tamen who now rules the community with an iron fist. Marna survives long enough to pass on hidden knowledge to Calwyn and tells her that she has to find the missing fragment of an artifact known as the Wheel, currently in Samis's possession. Calwyn's quest takes her back to the Lost City of Spareth and a final confrontation with Samis. A series of revelations along the way build up to the transformational conclusion, but not without pain, heartache, and confusion. It is a credit to Constable's skill at characterization; her characters are complex three-dimensional people, capable of change and redemption and susceptible to despair and failure. She promises no one, not even Calwyn, a tidy, happy ending; rather, the characters are left with the task of rebuilding their world. The narrative is as strong and smooth as in the previous books. Constable reveals the origins of some of the people on Tremaris as well as some surprising information for Calwyn. In the final few pages, Calwyn speculates on Samis's fate, leaving the reader to wonder whether Constable has more tales of Tremaris up her sleeve. Regardless of her subject matter, though, Constable has established a solid reputation as a fantasy writer. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2005, Scholastic, 320p., Ages 15 to 18.
—Donna Scanlon
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up-In the final installment of this trilogy, Calwyn, who once had several of the nine singing magic powers (called chantments), has lost all of her extraordinary gifts. Bitterly, she returns to Antaris with hopes of recuperation, but instead finds that a number of the chanters have been affected with a deadly "snow-sickness." Entrusted by the dying high priestess with knowledge of a wheel that contains the tenth power to heal the world, Calwyn sets out with her companions to track down Samis, a wicked sorcerer whom she had believed was dead, and wrest from him the missing half of the wheel. On her perilous journey, she discovers a long-lost relative, delves deeper into the conflicted relationship with her chanter friend Darrow, and discovers new gifts that lead her reluctantly toward her destiny as the Singer of All Songs. As in the other two books, the detailed descriptions of the settings and the natures of the various chantments are what give the story the richness of elaborate tapestries. There are many characters to keep track of, and while Calwyn's friendship with the healer Halasaa has become more fleshed out, her romance with Darrow doesn't have the intense chemistry demanded of the narrative, and her later relationship with Samis strains credulity. However, there is much to enjoy and ponder in a trilogy that strives to ask hard, thoughtful questions, even if it can't always answer them.-Farida S. Dowler, Mercer Island Library, WA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Having lost her gift of chantment, 18-year-old Calwyn returns home to Antaris to find a darkness over the land. The dying High Priestess passes on to her the secret lore of the dark magic and sends Calwyn on a mission to find the Wheel of the Tenth Power and use it to mend the sickness in the fabric of the universe. Calwyn would love to come home and hide in the world she grew up in, but it is no longer safe, and she cannot sit by and watch the world she loves die in an endless winter. At its heart, this is a story of taking responsibility, of finding strength even when you think you've lost it all. This satisfying conclusion to The Chanters of Tremaris trilogy will enthrall readers with its well-defined world, characters to cheer on, vivid prose and lessons to ponder. The two-page map helps bring the imaginary land alive, and readers will welcome this final journey with Calwyn and her companions. (Fiction. 12+)
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Kirkus
THE TENTH POWER
Book Three in the Chanters of Tremaris Trilogy
Author: Constable, Kate
Having lost her gift of chantment, 18-year-old Calwyn returns home to Antaris to find a darkness over the land. The dying High Priestess passes on to her the secret lore of the dark magic and sends Calwyn on a mission to find the Wheel of the Tenth Power and use it to mend the sickness in the fabric of the universe. Calwyn would love to come home and hide in the world she grew up in, but it is no longer safe, and she cannot sit by and watch the world she loves die in an endless winter. At its heart, this is a story of taking responsibility, of finding strength even when you think you've lost it all. This satisfying conclusion to The Chanters of Tremaris trilogy will enthrall readers with its well-defined world, characters to cheer on, vivid prose and lessons to ponder. The two-page map helps bring the imaginary land alive, and readers will welcome this final journey with Calwyn and her companions. (Fiction. 12+)

SLJ
Gr 6 Up–In the final installment of this trilogy, Calwyn, who once had several of the nine singing magic powers (called chantments), has lost all of her extraordinary gifts. Bitterly, she returns to Antaris with hopes of recuperation, but instead finds that a number of the chanters have been affected with a deadly “snow-sickness.” Entrusted by the dying high priestess with knowledge of a wheel that contains the tenth power to heal the world, Calwyn sets out with her companions to track down Samis, a wicked sorcerer whom she had believed was dead, and wrest from him the missing half of the wheel. On her perilous journey, she discovers a long-lost relative, delves deeper into the conflicted relationship with her chanter friend Darrow, and discovers new gifts that lead her reluctantly toward her destiny as the Singer of All Songs. As in the other two books, the detailed descriptions of the settings and the natures of the various chantments are what give the story the richness of elaborate tapestries. There are many characters to keep track of, and while Calwyn's friendship with the healer Halasaa has become more fleshed out, her romance with Darrow doesn't have the intense chemistry demanded of the narrative, and her later relationship with Samis strains credulity. However, there is much to enjoy and ponder in a trilogy that strives to ask hard, thoughtful questions, even if it can't always answer them.–Farida S. Dowler, Mercer Island Library, WA

Booklist
Constable, Kate. The Tenth Power. Mar. 2006. 306p. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine, $16.99 (0-439-55482-9).
Gr. 7–10. At the opening of the final installment of Constable's well-regarded Singer of All Songs trilogy, 18-year-old Calwyn returns to the ice priestesses' enclave to mourn her nine lost powers of chantment (magic worked through song). There, hints about a mysterious Tenth Power send Cal on a final quest to cure the “sickness at the fabric of the world,” responsible for a deadly disease infecting her soul mate; for the eternal winter that has gripped Tremaris; and, it seems, for Cal's sense of dislocation from all she loves. True to classic heroic themes, Cal must face humanity's darker afflictions–temptation, nihilism, devastating grief–before successfully channeling her newly recouped powers into an intense ritual of reconciliation and healing. A few elements feel artificial, such as the curiously sf-oriented back story for Tremaris and the Age-of-Aquarius tones of its magical resurrection, but others, like the workings of the Tenth Power, have the ring of essential truth. Questions about Calwyn's family history are answered here for series fans, who will be eager to see book one's vulnerable, callow adolescent arrive at both fuller self-knowledge and her long-awaited destiny. –Jennifer Mattson

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781400090297
Publisher:
Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/28/2006
Series:
Chanters of Tremaris Trilogy Series, #3
Edition description:
Unabridged, 5 CDs, 6 hrs.
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 6.25(h) x 1.23(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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