Waterless Sea (Chanters of Tremaris #2)

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The sequel to the critically acclaimed THE SINGER OF ALL SONGS draws readers even deeper into the magical world of Tremaris -- and presents a temptation Calwyn may not be able to overcome. . . .

The second novel in the captivating Chanters of Tremaris trilogy follows Calwyn and her friends to the desolate Merithuran Empire. As they search for a group of kidnapped children who have the gift of chantment, they must negotiate both the unforgiving desert and the even more ...

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New York, NY 2005 Hard cover New. No dust jacket. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 314 p. Contains: Illustrations. Chanters of Tremaris Trilogy (Hardcover), 2. Audience: Young ... adult; Children/juvenile. Read more Show Less

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Overview


The sequel to the critically acclaimed THE SINGER OF ALL SONGS draws readers even deeper into the magical world of Tremaris -- and presents a temptation Calwyn may not be able to overcome. . . .

The second novel in the captivating Chanters of Tremaris trilogy follows Calwyn and her friends to the desolate Merithuran Empire. As they search for a group of kidnapped children who have the gift of chantment, they must negotiate both the unforgiving desert and the even more treacherous Palace of Cobwebs, where they uncover the dreadful secret that holds the Empire together. Meanwhile, Darrow has broken away from the group to form a new alliance of his own. Can he still be trusted? In this book, Calwyn's quest for peace and justice has greater consequences than she ever could have imagined.

Calwyn and friends travel to the desert land of Merithuros to rescue some captive magical children, even as their friend Darrow begins a plot of his own.

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Booklist 5/1/505Gr. 8-11. Constable's sequel to The Singer of All Songs, 0 2004), a 2004 Booklist 0 Editor's Choice, catches up with former ice priestess Calwyn and her colorful companions some months after their vanquishing of upstart sorcerer Samin. Returning readers must postpone hopes of romance as Darrow withdraws from soul-mate Cal into a depression, while Cal sets off to rescue children imprisoned for practicing chantment, advancing her vision of a world where working with magic is "as commonplace as mending with a thread or fishing with a net." Constable doesn't push the basic attributes of Tremaris or chantment in any new directions here, and the inevitable ebbing of the premise's novelty lays bare weaknesses arising from a somewhat cluttered plot. Even so, Constable's description of a world "trembling on the brink of chaos" is engrossing, and a surprising turn at book's end keeps interest high for the trilogy's conclusion. The publisher will earn gratitude from readers for adding the map of Tremaris, an indispensable reference. --Jennifer Mattson Copyright 2005 Booklist

PW 3/21/05Calwyn, the heroine from The Singer of All Songs, the first in the Chanters of Temaris Trilogy by Kate Constable, journeys with her friends to faraway Merithuros in The Waterless Sea, to save two children with their gift of chantment (the first book established that, in their world, the song of the human voice is the carrier of strong magic). Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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Heben, an exile from one of the Seven Clans who rule the desert isle of Merithuros, is saved from pirate slavers by a group of magic-using chanters that includes Calwyn (from The Singer of All Songs), a gifted chanter with a talent for learning new kinds of magic. Eager for aid but still suspicious of his rescuers’ talents, Heben recruits the chanters to help him save his brother and sister from imprisonment and death on Merithuros for the crime of using their magical gifts; in the process of their rescue, however, the chanters destroy the center of government and incite an apparently long-overdue civil war. Only a great sacrifice by Calwyn can heal the soul and ease the thirst of the parched land itself—a sacrifice which takes from her everything she holds most dear. Beginning several months after the previous title in the Chanters of Tremaris trilogy, this volume alternates between the challenges facing Calwyn and her group and the solitary reminiscing of Calwyn’s love interest, Darrow, over his troubled childhood and adolescence. Two themes run through the tale: the liberation of chanters from the limits placed on them by centuries-old prejudice, and the death of the land of Merithuros as a result of its owners’ wanton ecological malpractices. While the first theme appears in many different situations, the second is concentrated in the illness and near-death of Calwyn and one of her friends, a narrow focus that may cause that particular struggle to seem melodramatic. In addition, the blandness of Calwyn’s character may distance some readers from the impact of her loss—especially since it seems highly likely she’ll get it all back (and then some) in the third book of the trilogy. Still, fantasy lovers will recognize in this fast-moving epic a substantial offering in the traditional style. A map is included. TC

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CONSTABLE, Kate. The Waterless Sea. 314p. (The Chanters of Tremaris Trilogy Series). CIP. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine Bks. 2005. Tr $16.95. ISBN 0-439-55480-2. LC 2004011223.
Gr 6 Up–Picking up within six months of the end of The Singer of All Songs (Scholastic, 2004), Constable has created a worthy sequel. While Darrow has temporarily removed himself from the others to sort out some thorny personal issues, Calwyn and her friends are trying to liberate five chanter children who are being held in the Palace of Cobwebs in Merithuros. Without realizing it, Ca

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There is no sophomore slump for Constable in book two of The Chanters of Tremaris Trilogy, following The Singer of All Songs (Scholastic, 2002/VOYA April 2002). When Calwyn and her friends rescue the prisoners of a pirate ship, one turns out to be Heben, a young man from Merithuros in search of his sister and brother, outcast because of their power of chantment. Heben enlists the chanters in his quest to find his brother and sister, and they set off for Merithuros and the desert-bound Palace of Cobwebs. Here the lavish, idle courtiers while away their time, unaware of the price of their elegant existence. Darrow is off on his own mission and returns to Ravamey after the others have gone. He travels also to Merithuros, but returns to the Black Palace, the place where kidnapped and outcast children are taken to learn chantment. The story alternates between Calwyn and Darrow, with much of Darrow's sections concerned with flashbacks to his early years. These flashbacks tend to drag a little, slowing down the first third of the book somewhat. Still the plot accelerates on its own, rolling to its dramatic climax, which is only achieved with great sacrifice, and overall the story is compelling and appealing. Constable's characterization shines throughout. Her characters already have clearly delineated and individual personalities, and she develops them further here. This title is a strong bridge for the trilogy, leaving loose ends to be resolved in its conclusion. Libraries who already have the first book need this title; others need to buy both books. 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). 2005, Scholastic, 314p., Ages 12 to 18.
—Donna Scanlon
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up-Picking up within six months of the end of The Singer of All Songs (Scholastic, 2004), Constable has created a worthy sequel. While Darrow has temporarily removed himself from the others to sort out some thorny personal issues, Calwyn and her friends are trying to liberate five chanter children who are being held in the Palace of Cobwebs in Merithuros. Without realizing it, Calwyn has led the others into a much bigger, and more dangerous, struggle for power between the Army and an oppressed rebel faction. Through alternating chapters, Darrow's past history and conflicting emotions regarding Samis are revealed, yet his response to power is still a surprise. Constable's writing is more refined in this book, her setting more detailed, and her main characters are taking fuller shape (particularly Halasaa and Calwyn). Though predictable in a few parts, and with some flat secondary characters, The Waterless Sea is a well-written story and an excellent fantasy, pulling together issues of identity, belonging, equality, and the environment in a world not so very different, perhaps, from our own.-Melissa Moore, Union University Library, Jackson, TN Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439554800
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/26/2005
  • Series: The Chanters of Tremaris , #2
  • Pages: 320
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Lexile: 820L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

KATE CONSTABLE spent much of her childhood in Papua New Guinea, without a television but within reach of a library, where she "inhaled" stories. She studied arts/law at Melbourne University before beginning her life as a writer. The Singer of All Songs was her first published novel. Constable lives in Thornbury, Australia, with her husband and child.
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  • Posted January 10, 2009

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    Definitely Worth Reading

    I was very surprised when I found myself being absorbed into this book. I had enjoyed reading the first book, but thought it lacked something. But when I read The Waterless Sea that feeling completely disappeared and I was left with that wonderful feeling when you know you found a new series that you love. This book has something for everyone fantasy, adventure and just a dash of romance. I felt connected to the characters and felt that this book helped you to grow more attached to the characters compared to the first book. I was drawn into the story at every suspenseful part and had a very hard time putting this book down. I just can not wait to read the third book, but know I will be sad when I conclude this series. I definitely recommend The Waterless Sea and Chanters of Tremaris series.

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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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  • Posted December 22, 2009

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    Awesome! Of course...

    Hey there! I just got done reading the second volume, and it's AWESOME! If I thought that the first one was good, then I'm mistaken.
    In this one, it shows the details of a simple fairy tale. What about the songs of power? What about the people? What are their customs?
    Oh! This book will go further into detail, teaching you as it teaches Calwyn. And I can't believe how much she has grown up!
    Follow her, AND Darrow, as they have their adventure in Tremaris and Merithuros (sp?).
    This book hints alot more towards love and villany a little bit more than the first. Like... SHOCK... Is Darrow... JEALOUS?!
    Continue reading guys! ^_^

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  • Posted April 3, 2009

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    OUTSTANDING!!

    I wanted to read a few middle school Battle of the book's books, so I read The Singer of All Songs.It was ok.I was so absorbed in The Waterless Sea it was very hard to put it down. I love the ending, it leaves you on a cliff hanger that makes you want to read the next book. My favorite characters are Calwyn,Halasaa, Mica, and Keela. This a must-read book!! Great for people who enjoy fantasy and adventure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2008

    OUTSTANDING

    Okay well i am only 14 but a huge book lover. I have read anything from Hary Potter to- anything you can imagine. And by far this book tops the charts of them all. Outstanding book...real nail bitter and it will hook you in like never before. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2007

    Yay!!! This was Good!

    Ah, I loved this book. Much better than the first one. It was and edge-of-your seat story, in my opinion. The author seemed to grow in her writing ability. It was exciting and interesting every moment I was reading it!! If you read the first book, read this one because it is better! Trust me!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2006

    Brilliant

    This book was so beautifully written. The description of Darrow's childhood and the feelings Calwyn has and what happens in the Palace of Cobwebs is so amazing. This book makes me feel very sad however.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2005

    I would give it 10 stars!

    This was the pefect sequel to Singer of All Songs! im counting down the days till the next one comes out!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2005

    its richly satisfying, dramatic and great for all readers

    The people of Tremaris are only held together by an Empire....dramatically Calwyn and her friends end up in the middle of it! Only wanting to help the people like her, Calwyn goes from adventure to adventure to end up creating something great and losing something just as precious.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2005

    this was the best book ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I loved the first one so i got this one and i so happy i got this one!!!! and the relation between Calwyn and Darrow is soo romantic! i just love this book and cant wait for the next one!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2005

    A Page Turner

    As I said in the first book, Kate Constable writes a very well-written story. Yet this one (I think) has more emotion and detail. This book also made me think a little more then other books do... It was just one of those page-turners

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2005

    Outstanding

    The Waterless Sea is one of the best books that I have read so far. It was absolutly incredible. The Singer of All Songs was good but TWS goes beyond what the Singer gave you. The fact that we really get a chance to see into Darrows past is amazing. I couldn't believe what had happened to him. My advice is to READ this book! It is AWESOME!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2004

    excellent second book in this trilogy

    Calwyn and her friends have traveled to the deserts of Merithuros, a harsh, dry, and desolate land, in search of the Palace of Cobwebs. While searching for evidence of chantment there, they learn that children have been kidnapped and are being forced to use their magical gifts against their wills. Meanwhile, Darrow, who is having difficulty coming to terms with his past after their encounter with Samis, the evil sorcerer who hopes to control their land of Tremaris, forms his own alliance with a group of rebels. Now, Calwyn begins to wonder if she can even trust him anymore. I was very eager to read this book, the second in the Chanter of Tremaris trilogy, because I absolutely loved the story and characters of the first book. I am happy to say I was not disappointed. I recommend this book to all readers who enjoyed the first book, and teen readers who enjoy fantasy should definitely give this trilogy a try. I can't wait to read the final book, The Tenth Power.

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