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The Time of the Transference (Spellsinger #6)

3.78  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,775 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
In the talking-animal world of Foster's Spellsinger series, the songs of transplanted rock musician Jon-Tom make a powerful if often misdirected magic. The quests he undertakes for his wizardly mentor send him to distant countries, where he meets whimsical creatures speaking in outlandish accents. With more memorable and dramatic adventures behind him, Jon-Tom is off this ...more
Published October 15th 1987 by Orbit (first published October 1986)
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David Sarkies
Apr 11, 2015 David Sarkies rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Jon-Tom discovers his home
4 February 2012

Well, this is the last of the Spellsinger books that I have read, though another two have been released since, however I am highly doubtful that I will ever read them. It turns out that Jon-Tom did settle down with Talea, though she is portrayed as the loyal, subservient wife who stays at home for years while Jon-Tom is out travelling the world. It is unclear why this is the case since she joined him on his original adventure and one would think that she
Nov 22, 2014 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
1989 grade B-
2008 grade B+

Series book SS6
Jan 28, 2014 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I always find these books fun. The characters are good and I like the music references mixed in with magic. And I always try to work out how the song chosen will backfire.
Apr 01, 2013 Ensiform rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
More of the human in the magic animal world. The humor was well-placed, the characters good. But this time the females were domestic – Talea didn’t go with Jon-Tom on his adventure, Weegee tries to “Tame” Mudge – but the worst was that Jon-Tom left for years and Talea kept house for him, waiting alone. That’s stupid, and not at all like her original character. Enjoyable anyway, though I hate it when authors try to impose their own insecurities and fantasies on their characters.
Sep 29, 2014 Chicktrisch rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: f-sf
Did not really draw my interest.
Apr 22, 2012 M rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As another spellsinger adventure this works. However, as a way of concluding the series it doesn't do so well. Talea acts very out of character and doesn't appear much. The choice of which world Jon-Tom wants to live in isn't very dramatic as he can go back and forth with relative ease. I find the main conflict itself to be somewhat stupid, as breaking the duar means there isn't much spellsinging in this book.
Chris King
I read this as a teenager.

Back then I read sci-fi and fantasy almost exclusively, and this author (ADF) was one of my favorites; in particular, his Spellsinger series.

Don't know if I would like this book the same if I re-read it as an adult, but in my memory it was an entertaining read.
Nov 23, 2015 Serena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I enjoyed the characters, and their world and hope I get the chance to read the story again and/or to read more within the series.

My Rating System:
* couldn't finish, ** wouldn't recommend, *** would recommend, **** would read again, ***** have read again.
Keil Hunsaker
Nov 07, 2012 Keil Hunsaker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely enjoyed this one and the ending seemed to pretty much wrap things up. That is until Son of Spellsinger. or whatever it is called
A nice new twist in this one was a brief return to JonTom's world. It contained a satisfying ending to the series.
Jul 08, 2014 Ngutierrez31 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Highly enjoyable as always. I read these books without haste so that I may really enjoy my imagination.
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Aug 10, 2009 Jami rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
read this series in high school. I'm sure I liked it much more then than I would now.
Donated to Smith Family charity March 2015
Dave Peticolas

The final book in some series or another.

Peter Coad
Jul 24, 2012 Peter Coad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Another fun romp by a master of fantasy
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Bestselling science fiction writer Alan Dean Foster was born in New York City in 1946, but raised mainly in California. He received a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA in 1968, and a M.F.A. in 1969. Foster lives in Arizona with his wife, but he enjoys traveling because it gives him opportunities to meet new people and explore new places and cultures. This interest is carried over to his writing, ...more
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