Singer in the Snow (Singers of Nevya Series #4)

Singer in the Snow (Singers of Nevya Series #4)

by Louise Marley

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Overview

“Remember the first time you read Le Guin’s Earthsea novels or Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings? All that timeless magic and wisdom is just as powerful in Marley’s latest—an instant classic.”—Paul Goat Allen, Explorations
 
On Nevya, summer comes once every five years, and to be outside after nightfall is fatal. Its people rely on their Cantors and Cantrixes, men and women with the ability to channel psi energy through music, creating heat and light. Mreen is possibly the most talented Cantrix on Nevya—but she is unable to make a sound. When she travels to her first posting at the house of Tarud, she is accompanied by a younger Singer, Emle, who will help the Cantrix, teach Tarus’s Housemembers the Cantrix’s finger-symbol alphabet, and try to come to terms with her own flawed Gift, her inability to channel her psi. The two young women then find out about Gwin, a young girl whose abusive stepfather wants to exploit her psi-Gift talents—and in reaching out to help her, both Mreen and Emle learn how to help themselves.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440695940
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 02/15/2007
Series: Singers of Nevya Series , #4
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
File size: 287 KB
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Louise Marley, a performer of classical music, is the author of several novels including The Terrorists of Irustan and The Glass Harmonica, which was the co-winner (with Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Telling) of the 2001 Endeavour Award for outstanding achievement in science fiction or fantasy. She lives in Redmond, Washington, with her husband and son.

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Singer in the Snow 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
QueenAlyss on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Definitly a good favorite because it is different from most of my books, seing s how it centers around the magic of music. I loved this book so much I wrote a book report that was 6 pages long for school :O Worth reading, especially if you like music.
pandorabox82 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Singer in the Snow is a wonderful book. Not realizing that it was part of an extended universe when I read it, I found myself able to fully understand all that Marley was describing. The idea of a world where it is necessary to develop psionic abilities to survive is brilliantly played upon in this book, as is the notion that a gift can also be a curse at times. While I liked Mreen quite a bit, I connected more to Emle over the course of the book. I will definitely be searching out the other books in the Nevya cycle.
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SoaringLove More than 1 year ago
This book is about a girl -Emle- who can't use her "gift" the way she should be able to. She is sent to help interpret for another girl -Mreen- who cannot speak whatsoever. They travel to a city where Mreen must use her "gift" to warm an entire "House". There, Mreen and Emle become friends, Emle meets a young man -Luke- who's stepfather is horrible, and Mreen learns to live without her closest friend... Emle. Altogether this book was Nice
honorartist More than 1 year ago
I just started this book,but I can already tell it will be good. I'm not usually a big sci-fi fan, but this story isn't just science fiction. It's about two girls who are struggling to live the life of important figures in society. One who was never supposed to be born, but has incredible power. And one who is extremely hardworking, but just can't seem to accomplish her goal. It is a great book so far and it was very easy to get into.
PriscyPK More than 1 year ago
This book is great when you are looking for something to do. Believe me... when you first start reading, you won't be able to put the book down. It had me wondering throughout the entire thing! It's about a girl who finds in her heart to believe in herself. It shows us to never give up. If you want to read a book that keeps you guessing... READ THIS BOOK! You won't regret it!
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
In this inventive and well-told fantasy, Marley creates a world bound by ice and snow, where the daily ritual of quirna is all that keeps its residents from death. Those who create the ritual are called Singers, their ability to channel their Gift - a psionic power - and create warmth carefully trained at the Conservatory before they are sent out into greater society to serve. Emle is training to be a Singer, but while her technical skills are perfect, she can't control her psionic power. Frustrated and angry at the unreliability of her gift, she wonders what she'll do with her life if she can't become a full Singer.

When she's sent to a holding named Tarus to help interpret for Mreen, a new Cantrix with a great gift but without the ability to speak, it may be her last chance to master her gift. The novel deftly switches between Emle's point of view, and her struggles to not be jealous of Mreen's greater gift, and that of Mreen, as she struggles with the great responsibility placed on her shoulders in assuming her new position at Tarus, and with her shame over the circumstances of her birth. When Emle and Mreen arrive at Tarus they step right into a difficult situation with the apprentice hrussmaster, Luke, who is trying to protect his little sister, Gwin, from their abusive stepfather.

Marley unfolds a story that is rich with internal conflict, as each of her characters has to discover their own strength and path in life, and yet keeps a quick pace. Not strongly action-oriented, her novel is more about her characters and the decisions they face. By focusing on three central characters she can touch on many of the themes of adolescence; searching for meaning, struggling with the new responsibilities of adulthood, and knowing when to stand up for yourself, thus giving readers a lot they can relate to. Though this book is set in a world she has written in before, it can be read on its own even if you haven't read the others in the series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is being marketed to the young adult population well, I must be a young adult at 53 because I loved this book. It is an engaging, absorbing, enjoyable read. I also really enjoyed Louise's first trilogy and I hope the decision is made to republish that so others can enjoy it now that she's made more of a name for herself.