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The Singer of All Songs (The Chanters of Tremaris #1)

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  8,788 Ratings  ·  353 Reviews
Through the clamor and din of Potter-wannabes comes the clear, true voice of a wonderful new writer, using the language of fantasy and music to tell her thrilling tale.

Calwyn has lived all her life behind the high ice-wall that guards the sisters of Antaris from the world of Tremaris. The sisters practice ice chantment -- one of the Nine Powers of chantment, a form of magi
Hardcover, 297 pages
Published March 1st 2004 by Arthur A. Levine Books (first published September 1st 2002)
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The Book Queen
Feb 06, 2015 The Book Queen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Second Review - read in December 2015
Almost two years separate the two times I've read this book. Over such a long period of time, people's tastes change - mine certainly have - and so I was a little bit apprehensive about starting this one again. I remembered quite a bit of the storyline, and I remembered how much I loved the author's writing style, but I wasn't entirely sure if it was as good as I had remembered it to be. I was a little afraid I was looking at it with rose-tinted glasses.

For t
Aug 29, 2007 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book in a young adult fantasy triology by Kate Constable. I read the first two last year before I realized the third book hadn't been written. (Why I usually wait for ALL the books in a series--there are starting to be more exceptions to my usual rule these days.)The third book is now available. It's a story of chanters. Calwyn is an ice chanter and the main character. There are nine power of chantment--the power of tongue, beasts, seeming, winds, iron, becoming, fire, ice, and ...more
The Singer of All Songs
Apr 17, 2008 The Singer of All Songs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anybody with a heart for beautiful, mystical writing
Shelves: magic-beloved
this book was spellbinding for me.

not only was the content gripping, enchanting and original- with singers as weavers of magic. but also, it was the writing style of the author that, coupled together with the plot, made reading the book magic itself!

from the start with the seemingly impenetrable ice walls of Antaris which was fine description, and the vivid portrayal of feelings of main character, to the new friends met along the way, and the noble quest set out for, it was simply beautifully w
Mar 03, 2008 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the poetic way that Constable wrote this book. It's beautful!!! And it's mysterious and exciting and interesting and fresh and amazing...
Jul 18, 2009 Jamio rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If you get the strange feeling that you've already read Kate Constable's first installment of the Tremaris trilogy, it's probably because you've read Garth Nix's Lirael. There is very little original or imaginative in Calwyn's episodic journey to destroy yet another one-dimensional Basic Evil Guy: this novel is not novel.

Calwyn, a cloistered novice who has spent her first seventeen years behind a magically maintained ice-wall, plays the gawking spectator on what is basically a tour of Constable
I really wanted to love this one, I did.

I think that some things were just awkwardly placed and then, later on, even more awkwardly explained. The writing style was pretty but had its ups and downs~ I did skip over some paragraphs were the details got particularly elaborate.

The dialogue was stilted a bit like when something bad was happening once of them would go faint and yell "No!" A few eye-rolling moments, but nothing too bad.

Calwyn was pretty good and Trout was really funny~ Darrow was sul
Kelly Aley
I was looking at the ratings and it seems that the younger the reviewer, the more stars they gave it. Perhaps it is because I have read A LOT of fantasy, but this was just ok for me. I liked the world the author created. It was innovative, but not really fresh. I felt like the places where we wanted a deeper understanding of the world, Constable skipped over what could have been interesting. The societies she created were very two dimensional, as were her characters and their struggles, but for ...more
Jan 13, 2012 Lauren rated it really liked it
Recommended to Lauren by: Skye Williams
Shelves: favorite-fantasy
There seems to be a fad in YA fantasy these past years for magic to involve music and the rescued heroines to be the ones to save the world (unexpectedly, of course). Summarizing it like that makes me think "well, that's not really so new," because it's always the rescued hero(ine) who ends up saving the world, now isn't it? But I swear there's a new popular style thing going on, and The Singer of All Songs lands firmly in it.

It reminds me very strongly of the Pellinor series by Alison Croggon,
This book is more like 4 and a half star, but there was something that bothered in the end. Here goes the riview.

I had high hopes for this series. The author is Austrailian and it was a first for me. (it might be odd to be intrigued by a nationality but, come on! it is quite amazing!)
It wasn't about vampire, warewolf or any kind magic I've heard of before. It's about people with gifts, chanting the words like a song to bring out the power that they were learned to do from a very young age. I ha
Althea Ann
Jun 09, 2010 Althea Ann rated it did not like it
I picked up this first novel by Constable because of a cover blurb by Garth Nix. We'll see if I trust HIM again! ;-)
Seriously, maybe Constable will improve with time, but I didn't feel that this book was up to general publishing standards. It really felt like a first effort.
It started out OK, with us meeting the young, talented, but rebellious priestess in her home village... but once she absconds from said village (with an injured sorcerer on the run from his powerful nemesis) it becomes hopele
Setting/World Building: 5/5
Main Character: 4/5
Other Characters: 4/5
Plot: 4/5
Writing: 5/5
Triggering/Issues: 5/5 (None!)

AVERAGED TOTAL: 4.5 out of 5, rounded to 4.

This was a delightful quick read. The sort of YA fantasy I've always loved, with an enjoyable female main character, and a fun, interesting sort of magic. In this world, magic comes in the form of "chantments" (it's singing/chanted enchantments, thus chantments). There are nine varieties of it, and it is all done through singing, from
I enjoyed reading this book. I feel that Kate Constable made a very creative and interesting world. I like the characters, the locations, and the cultures. I thought it was interesting how the different people of the Tremaris felt towards the chanters and their magic. The magic itself was interesting. Maybe I'm just not wise in the world of fantasy, but I thought it was really cool and unique that the magic was produced by singing different enchantments. Their voice had power, which is just a re ...more
Apr 19, 2012 Kiwi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
I have experienced another case of "supporting characters steal the show". I did enjoy the main character, especially later in the book. The world-building and introduction played out like many a fantasy story, it seemed, which is to say I didn't mind it at all but wasn't "zomgz shocked!!" by anything revealed. I adored the writing style: very poetic and descriptive. I fall head-over for elemental/craft magic and for songs, so the combination was lovely. I enjoyed the way the romance built with ...more
Burgundy Rose
May 28, 2014 Burgundy Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reread this in 2016 to see if I wanted to continue with the series and I don't. The friendship at the heart of this is decently built and the magic is very interesting but I thought the writing was really weak and I couldn't relate to any of the characters who aren't as developed as I would have liked. A shame :(


Original review in 2014 :

Aw that was so good and heartwarming for some reason. The book is divided into two parts - the heroine's life as a priestess, which called to mind The Mists
Kari Chapman
This was an interesting world. I like the magic working through singing thing, and how it limits magics to certain people (no one can do all the magic).

The book opened well, but had a hard time holding my attention. I think that's mostly because I'm not the target audience for this book. It doesn't seem to be one of those YA books that is as entertaining to adults as it is for young adult. I feel it does have great potential for an actual young adult though, and will try to keep it in mind for w
I loved The Sings of All Songs. It reminds me a little of the Pellinor series which is one of my favorites, but this was nowhere as deep as Pelinor. The main thing they have in common is they both are fantasies with bardic type magic, which I’ve found to be rather rare in YA fantasy. I’m looking forward to reading the next book and I can't wait to see the relationship grow between Calwyn and Darrow.
Aug 02, 2008 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 13 and up
Shelves: pre-teen-teens
This was a good fantasy book for young adults. Calwyn is our heroine and she is training to be a priestess of Icecraft a form of chantment exclusive to the people in her country. Darrow is the strnger who has managed to cross the ice wall that protects her valley. Together they set out to stop a sorcerer's quest to rule all of their world.

It was an easy read, being written for young adults. I enjoyed it.
Oct 22, 2009 Angela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen
I was very pleasantly surprised. This book was different from what I normally read. I'm usually more into the darker fantasy novels. This one, though not overly light, was refreshing. It had a different quality than the others that are being produced.
Jun 29, 2008 Naomi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Naomi by: Becky
This rating is for the whole series:

The Singer of All Songs
The Waterless Sea
The Tenth Power

I enjoyed all three books and had a hard time putting them down, which is why I was awake reading into the wee hours of the morning last night.
Jun 20, 2008 Wendi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy, 2008
Great fantasy series to read. Just the type that are my favorite with the main charater being a girl. Very clean all around. I love the singing in it to work magic, and the harmony or discord relating to the earth and the magics.
Apr 23, 2009 Karmee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i really enjoyed this book. i found it very refreshing in that it is quite different from any other book i have ever read and i am eager to read the next book in the trilogy.
Jul 06, 2011 A rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, fantasy
I thought the story was boring and colorless. The ideas-(the magic, the theme) were not original either.
Jul 16, 2009 Hazel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this one, I couldn't put it down... really hard for me to wait to get the other ones! She is one of my favorite authors now.
This is the second time I've read it, it's an excellent book! Very fun and enjoyable to read!
Hailey M.
Feb 06, 2017 Hailey M. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like fantasy books.
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Libby Ames
Calwyn lives a sheltered life as an ice priestess in Antaris, but she always feels restless. When she meets Darrow, a mysterious Outlander who speaks of an evil sorcerer threatening the peace, Calwyn is curious. Soon, Calwyn and Darrow are fleeing for their lives and beginning a quest to thwart the sorcerer who wants to become the Singer of All Songs.

The Singer of All Songs creates and interesting fantasy world with strong characters--both good and bad. It is a good read for lovers of fantasy wh
Aug 22, 2015 Grace rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, series

I am conflicted as to how to rate this book. I picked it up multiple times to try to read it and only recently was I able to finish the book. As soon as I had gotten started, I was hooked. The world of this book was, as one reviewer noted on Wikipedia, "not meaty but creative." Nine types of songs and singers! A different skill for each song! One song is silent! The types of singers/songs are given fairly early on; note to readers: bookmark that page.

Calwyn lives high in the icy mountains
My experience with fantasy is so limited that I can't say for sure whether or not the idea of a chanter is original or not. Basically, a chanter is a gifted human who, either through songs or the pitch of their voice, can do unusual and unnatural things such as create ice, call up wind, cut through walls, heal, stop or start motions in inanimate objects and so forth. Most chanters only have and only ever will have one power or chantment, as they're called in the book, so the idea of become a sin ...more
Originally posted on The Authoress: Book Review and More.

I should have given The Singer of All Songs a chance when I first got it from Half Price Books several years ago; I could've avoided the year of literary deprivation. I had read the first page and tossed it aside because the fancy writing style put me off. But I picked it up out of boredom several nights ago and was instantly captured. I read thirty pages that first night before forcing myself to close it and go to bed. Writing that I had
Iva Moore
May 26, 2014 Iva Moore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Calwyn, a priestess and chanter in the walled city of Antaris, has a good life and a promising future in store for her. She is the assistant bee keeper, allowing her to stay outside all day, her friend, Gilly, is good and excitable, and the High Priestess has told her that one day she could help rule their land. But Calwyn still is restless. So when she finds Darrow, an outlander who inexplicably found a way into Antaris, and who tells her stories of the world beyond what she know
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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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Other Books in the Series

The Chanters of Tremaris (3 books)
  • The Waterless Sea (The Chanters of Tremaris, #2)
  • The Tenth Power (The Chanters of Tremaris, #3)

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