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The Waterless Sea (The Chanters of Tremaris, #2). (The Chanters of Tremaris #2)

4.05  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,654 Ratings  ·  147 Reviews
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 toget ...more
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Published March 22nd 2005 by Listening Library (Audio) (first published August 1st 2003)
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Jul 15, 2014 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lauren by: Skye Williams
Shelves: favorite-fantasy
I loved this book even more than the first one. The plot actually progressed from B to C (Merithuros is now on its way towards healing) unlike some middle-of-trilogy books. I still find Kate Constable's writing very dream-like and uplifting, and I love that the Chosen One is a teenage girl with doubts and fear and drama, one who has to grow up: not just age, but deal with her feelings, cope internally with ambiguous outcomes, and learn to both weild power and command (not merely demand) respect. ...more
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Setting/World Building: 4/5
Main Character: 4/5
Other Characters: 3/5
Plot: 3/5
Writing: 3/5
Triggering/Issues: 4/5 (Some sexism)

AVERAGED TOTAL: 3/5 out of 4, rounded to 3.

This wasn't a bad book... it just also wasn't a great book? I think it really was a solid 3.5 stars, and it was definitely the last 1/4th of the book that brought it up to that. The beginning really dragged. It was mostly just them walking through the dessert and getting to court. At first, I liked the way the two MCs were pining
Wow this series is a favorite of all time for me. I hate when the second book drags threw a series but this did not disappoint! I just love the characters and the amazing abilities and changes that happen! I just truly enjoyed these book and will give them the highest compliment I can and read them to my kids.
Re- read to my girls 13 and 15. This is a darker book when read out loud to my kids, serious challenges are faced by our characters and many near death experiences keep you on edge as this
My only complaint with this one was that there was not enough of Darrow in the book. It did however, give insight into who he was and detailed important events from his past.
Kyra Dune
Jun 09, 2015 Kyra Dune rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful story. Beautifully written. Love the characters.
Feb 25, 2008 J.Elle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was okay. The second of a trilogy, I would have been confused had I not read the first of the three. As it was, I had read the first quite some time ago and I struggled to remember it. I feel sort of apathetic about the book as I am writing this after reading the third book in the trilogy and I was so unimpressed that it made the whole trilogy seem sort of like a waste of time. Full of chants and magic, so if you're into that sort of thing, maybe you might enjoy it.
Jan 09, 2010 Libby rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen, sci-fi-fantasy
Maybe I was just too tired, but I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first. It wasn't a waste of time, but I was mostly bugged by Calwin's whining. I like strong heroines and I kept wanting her to be like Min from Mistborn. I did like the ending, though, and I'm interested to see how she resolves it in the third book.

Still really enjoying this series. Some folks have complained about the romance, but I actually really like how realistic it seems: (view spoiler) ...more
Melanie Terry
The story is so original and captivating. This first book sets up a wonderful world and introduces a great cast of characters. The second books takes us even further into this world and introduces more characters and customs. The expanse of the world and magic is very captivating and well thought out. The third book in the series is a little more disappointing. By this point, it is easy to figure out where the story is going, it is just the getting there. My biggest complaint is that the main fe ...more
Apr 24, 2008 Marita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ya-c
I liked this one better than the first book, but Marianna found this book sad.
Shay Hardman
Aug 21, 2012 Shay Hardman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again, Calwyn and her friends finds themselves in a situation where they are needed. They will have to find the courage, strength, and determination to ensure they're up to the task that is set before them. Trust and friendships will be tested, and secrets of the past will become revealed.

The Waterless Sea is an outstanding novel. The determination and courage of Calwyn and her friends is simply remarkable. Even when faced with hardships and suffering, the group continue forward in their a
Aug 26, 2011 Perro rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who enjoyed Eragon, The Raie' Chalia, The Golden Compass, etc
Recommended to Perro by: After I Library-Raided the first book I looked up the rest of the books
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Jun 21, 2013 Magali rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm pretty sure someone has written a paint-by-numbers guide to books I am guaranteed to love, and this one follows it while still being charming and sincere. You won't find anything truly groundbreaking in these pages, but that has never stopped me from being excited about a book. I like how the plot and characters are developing; the second book in a trilogy is always the hardest, and this one was well-executed.

Is it a touch overly-simplistic and idealistic at times? Of course! I not-so-secre
Apr 11, 2009 Lindsey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the most alluring aspects of this book is the original fantasy being used as the basic structure of the story and the world in which it takes place. An original mythology well crafted brings fresh content for the imagination more so than the constant reskinning of already established mythologies like vampirism and magic do. What Constable does to combine the natural world with singing and dancing is both beautiful and original.

In comparison to the first book, the story is a little dry (n
Jun 20, 2012 Koalathebear rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Like "The Singer of All Songs", the novel "The Waterless Sea" is set on Tremaris. Calwyn, a young priestess with a magical ability to sing ice into being has come a long way from home.

At the start of the novel, for reasons we learn about later, Darrow has gone his own way and is no longer with the group. Stopping the evil Prince Samis has clearly affected Darrow in ways that no one could have foreseen.

Now the group is comprised of Calwyn, Mica the wind worker, the Halasaa the healer and a fisher
Feb 28, 2010 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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 ...more
Bethany Huang (Midnight Mermaids)
Nov 18, 2010 Bethany Huang (Midnight Mermaids) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy lovers
This book is just as stunning as the first. After I finished The Singer of All Songs (which took me less than a day,) I immediately raced to my school library and checked out the next book, The Waterless Sea. And this sequel definitely did not disappoint me. However, there were several things that I made this book very confusing. First of all, when I was reading it, I was looking for Darrow. Obviously, Calwyn and him where meant to be together. So imagine my surprise when I couldn't find him the ...more
It's the sequel to Singer of All Songs. There's a lot more back story on one of the main characters here, which was very nice, and a bit of complicated plotting. I don't really buy a lot of the emotional reactions because they're pretty much typical, but on the other hand it's nice not to be slogging through a lot of crap and getting on with the plot. Worth a read, but read Singer first so you don't get lost. Recommended.
Zoë Arabella
It started out quite slow... and the politics of this book caused it to lose a bit of the raw, beautiful magic of the first.

However, It had beautiful world-building and a very interesting ending. This book made me very, very sad. I sympathize with all of the characters immensely.

The other thing I disliked about the book was the stupid romance.

Other than that, it was good enough for me to read the final book.
Katherine Cowley
A strong second installment in the Chanters of Tremaris series; our main characters set out on a quest to save a group of children who may have magic.

What I liked:
-The court world
-Dessert survival
-Some new characters to our ensemble cast
-The last 75 pages really redeemed the book for me

What didn't quite work for me:
-Every other chapter is about Darrow, but he doesn't actually do anything in any of these chapters but have flashbacks which serve to set up the ending of the book
-The romance doesn't
Jan 02, 2016 QueenAmidala28 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, ya-list
Attempted to listen to the audiobook but was extremely confused for an hour. I will try the paperback. It sounded like it was well written but then this IS book #2 and not seeing confusing names and different names makes it difficult to visualize.
Apr 19, 2011 Danielle rated it really liked it
I really like fact I was listening to this audio (I need some motivation to get up and exercise in the mornings) and I was finding all sorts of reasons to keep myself plugged in into the late hours one night (any more dishes...what cupboard to sort?) This was fantastic. I think I actually might have liked this better than the 1st one. I love the whole magic of the powers of enchantment and the entertwining stories in and of themselves. I am loving the characters more, and was more int ...more
Balint Hegyes
Sep 19, 2015 Balint Hegyes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wholly amazing book- it is the sequel to 'The Singer of All Songs' and like its predecessor it captures the essence of chantment and song, telling it so in a fast-paced and thrilling fashion.
Shilo Quetchenbach
I actually didn't enjoy this book as much as the previous book. By having Darrow absent for much of the story, Constable created an uncertainty in Calwyn that makes her irritable and grumpy. She is also full of angst - not a good thing in your main character. The new characters were interesting and well done, the plot was interesting, and the story was wrapped up solidly with an ending that leaves me interested to read the next one, but I can't help feeling that this book consisted mostly of Cal ...more
Oct 02, 2008 Jaycie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who loves adventures stories with a bit of romance
This book is so incredible, it starts out with the same girl in the first book and she meets this man named Garrow in the first book and he is also in the 2nd book with her and she starts to fall in love with him as both of them collect friends to help this man rescue his two younger brother and sister from these men that have taken them to a world of ice. There adventure gets harder and harder as she enconters places she has never been and has to learn to servive using her powers and Garrows as ...more
Mar 01, 2015 Squid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful fantasy adventure ending with a delightful plot twist!!

Hanging on for the next book!
Cathy Pagano
Jul 02, 2016 Cathy Pagano rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another well-done story about love, magic, evil and death.
Worth continuing the series. Onto the third book!
May 04, 2014 Lacey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one wasn't quite as good as the first one. I sort of *coughs uncomfortably* threw it down after the last chapter. So, beware, the last chapter made me MADDD.
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Kate Constable was born in Sangringham, Melborne (Victoria, Australia). When she was six-years-old, her family moved to Papua New Guinea where her father worked as a pilot.

Constable got her Arts/Law degree at Melborne University, then got a job at Warner Music. She started writing during these years.

She wrote several short-stories before becoming an author and after her first attempt at writing
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