The Wind Singer: Wind on Fire Series, Book 1 (Wind on Fire #1)
In Aramanth, exams are everything. When Kestrel rebels, her family are sentenced to the harshest punishment. To save them, Kestrel learns the secret of the wind singer and she sets out to discover the true source of the evil that grips Aramanth.
And then, by some bizarre chance, a friend asked, "Did you ever read the Wind on Fire trilogy?"
William Nicholson introduces us to the twins Kestrel and Bowman Hath, who share a telepathic/empathic connection on top of Bowman possessing the empathic abilities. The city they live in, Amaranth, is bureaucratic to the extreme (e.g. every family has a "family rating" that is determined from the family members' individual performances in written exams and decide the living conditions of the family). ...more
Its main heroes are siblings--brave, frustrated, impatient Kestrel and her gentler, more empathetic brother Bowman. Unlike the usual trope, they aren't orphans! They are in fact very close to their parents and their baby sister. While the main action follows Kestrel and Bowman as they try to fix their cursed city by magical means, we do see their parents tak ...more
But... the book was targeted at the younger set and I wouldn't be doing it (or the author) justice if I didn't try to look at it from the rising si ...more
The Wind Singer is the first book in the "Wind on Fire" trilogy, but it would stand alone just fine. When Kestrel tires of constant examinations and the focus on ranking of families, she rebels against the ...more
I also felt like some of the main ele ...more
Author: William Nicholson
I chose to read The Wind Singer by William Nicholson because I remember the book being read to me by a teacher a while ago and parts of the book were a bit blurry in my mind so I decided to re-read it. I
I had reached about page four in the book when I realised that this book would be the reason I would forget to do my chores for the next two days. I thoroughly enjoyed the book because it wasn’t the type of book that keeps you on the edge of yo ...more
anyways, i was really struck by the city that was created in the story. A city where everyone is tested (starting at 18 months old)according to a standard test and the results of that test is your rating. your rating is added up with the rest of your family's ratings and your family is given an overall standing in society. This is in reference to Standardized Tests in our current world.
Who deci ...more
I feel Sorry for: people who read it, People who counts it as a big part of their childhood, people who thought of reading it, people who bought it, people who enjoyed the whole thing.
So I made this WHOLE new shelf just for this stupid book. to-hell (I LOVE IT).
So from where to start... oh yeah the prologue, wasn't intresting it was a nice prologue a good one, a total normal ...more
As I mentioned before, this was such an amazing read. ...more
I liked the creative parts, like the underworld and the eagles, but the Ombarakas and Omchakas are not necessary. Also, it leaves unexplained the origin of the old children and why they were in the city. I ...more
I have many positive post-book feelings!!!!! And many accompanying exclamation points to express them!!!! Wonderful twins with their wonderful family! An honestly kind of terrifying enemy (maybe I'm just a huge wuss)! Dire but also slightly silly situations!
Some parts of this kind of remind me of The Phantom Tollbooth -- the irony and illogical/l ...more
Un punto positivo de la historia es que, aunque los ...more
Some have argued that it is flat, but while it may not have the same depth as say, Tolkein, I would rate it a ...more
The Wind Singer is the first in William Nicholson's "Wind on Fire" trilogy, first published in 2000. It is a long standing personal favourite of mine since reading it soon after publication, when I was teaching Year 6. I've re read it more recently to my two eldest children. I love the world, the characters and the story, and it's one of those books that I've thought about a lot long after reading it.
The Wind Singer tells the story of a young girl called Kestrel (Kess) who li ...more
For me, the most memorable part of these stories is the relationship between the Hath family members. I have never read another story about a family who love each other so much, you don't often see ...more
Nothing about William Nicholson's first young adult novel feels fresh. The Zars are obviously lemmings, if lemmings were bloodthirsty Aryan teenagers (they fall off a cliff because when they get to a broken bridge they can't stop marching - seriously, people, Lemmings!) The Old Children will be familiar to anyone who has read or wa ...more
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William Nicholson was born in 1948, and grew up in Sussex and Gloucestershire. His plays for television include Shadowlands and Life Story , both of which won the BAFTA Best Television Drama award in their year; other award-winners were Sweet As You Are and The March . In 1 ...more