The Waterless Sea (Chanters of Tremaris #2)

The Waterless Sea (Chanters of Tremaris #2)

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by Kate Constable
     
 

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The sequel to the critically aclaimed THE SINGER OF ALL SONGS draws readers even deeper into the magical world of Tremaris—and presents a temptation that 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

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The sequel to the critically aclaimed THE SINGER OF ALL SONGS draws readers even deeper into the magical world of Tremaris—and presents a temptation that 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 enchantment, they must negotiate 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.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA
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:
9780439554817
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
02/28/2006
Series:
The Chanters of Tremaris, #2
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

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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The Waterless Sea: The Chanters of Tremaris Trilogy, Book II 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
FairytaleKP More than 1 year ago
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.
MaikoZafiro More than 1 year ago
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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The_One_Who_Dreams More than 1 year ago
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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kaitlyn97 More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the pefect sequel to Singer of All Songs! im counting down the days till the next one comes out!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!