The Waterless Sea (Chanters of Tremaris #2)

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Trixie and Diana Lynch were friends for years before Di’s family became fabulously rich. So when Di’s long-lost uncle starts ruining her social life, Di turns to her old friend for help. But Trixie thinks Uncle Monty isn’t just an annoying relative–she thinks he’s an impostor!

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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Overview

Trixie and Diana Lynch were friends for years before Di’s family became fabulously rich. So when Di’s long-lost uncle starts ruining her social life, Di turns to her old friend for help. But Trixie thinks Uncle Monty isn’t just an annoying relative–she thinks he’s an impostor!

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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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
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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: 9781400090266
  • Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/22/2005
  • Series: Chanters of Tremaris Trilogy Series , #2
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 5 Cassettes, 9 hrs.
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.13 (w) x 6.13 (h) x 2.61 (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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"Brown eyes," Trixie said suddenly.
They all stared at her in amazement.
"Well, he has got brown eyes," Trixie said defensively. "Mr. Wilson has. And Mrs. Lynch's eyes are as blue as blue delphiniums."
"So what?" Brian demanded. "You and Mart and Bobby have Moms's blue eyes, and mine are black like Dad's. Does that prove that I am an adopted child?"
"No one in his right mind would have adopted you," Trixie said with a sniff. "I wasn't trying to prove anything. I was just thinking out loud as usual." Suddenly she remembered what Regan had said: "Don't think." And what Honey had said:
"Even if Mr. Wilson isn't quite honest, I don't think we ought to talk about it in front of Di."
She opened her mouth to change the subject, but Jim was saying cheerfully, "Speaking of adopted children, I'm one and my eyes are neither black nor blue. They're green. What does that make me, Trix?"
At that moment Di and her uncle joined them at the entrance to the gallery. Mr. Wilson was dressed as a cowboy complete with chaps and toy pistols, and looked to Trixie rather like a wizened little boy. Rubbing his hands together gleefully he said, "On with your wigs and masks, podners. The other guests will be arriving soon. I've got it all arranged. No unmasking until the bell rings for chow. Soon as everyone gets here, we'll have a grand march around the ballroom, with me as judge. First prize goes to the best costume. Booby prize goes to the worst. Then we'll do some square dancing, podners, until we work up an appetite for grub. I'll do the calling. There's not much old Uncle Monty doesn't know about square dancing. Why, if I had my fiddle here, I'd play 'Turkey in the Straw' as you never heard it before. If I had my accordion and mouth organ here, I'd show all of the guests what a real one-man orchestra was like. Music right out of the West!"
"I'm sure you would, Uncle Monty," Di said, forcing a smile to her taut lips. "But since almost none of the boys and girls I've invited knows how to dance, I thought we might let the orchestra leave when the caterers go. Is that all right?"
"Oh, no, no, no, NO!" her diminutive uncle cried, hopping up and down with each "No" as though he were the dwarf, Rumpelstiltskin. "If your guests can't dance there are plenty of games we can play to music. Musical chairs, London Bridge Is Falling Down, and all that sort of thing."
"But, Uncle Monty," Di cried, "we're too old for that kind of game."
"Then you're old enough to waltz and do the two-step and the polka," he said firmly. The orchestra struck up the "Blue Danube" and he bowed gallantly in front of Honey. "This little lady can waltz, I'll betcha. May I have this dance, miss?"
Trixie held her breath. Now was the time for Honey to be her most tactful self! And Honey was. She dropped a curtsy and said sweetly: "I'd rather not, Mr. Wilson, but I do think your idea of keeping the orchestra on is just great. With you as master of ceremonies, we could have a real quiz show. The orchestra can play a few bars of a song, and the one who names the song first gets a prize." She laid a slim hand on the decorated cuff of his sleeve. "Why don't you and I go into Mr. Lynch's study and make a list of the songs we think the orchestra ought to play for that contest?"
He followed her out of the gallery and into the room across the hall as meekly as a lamb. Trixie let out her breath in a long sigh. "That's the answer, of course," she said. "From now on we've all got to take turns keeping Uncle Monty from being an emcee."
The boys nodded solemnly, and Di said gratefully, "Oh, will you? I can't...
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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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