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The Singing (The Books of Pellinor #4)

4.2  ·  Rating Details ·  10,547 Ratings  ·  429 Reviews
The stunning conclusion to the epic Pellinor series—four books telling an extraordinary tale of another world.

The Singing follows the separate journeys of Maerad and Cadvan, and their brother Hem, as they desperately seek each other in an increasingly battle-torn land. The Black Army is moving north and Maerad has a mighty confrontation with the Landrost to save Innail. Al
Paperback, 496 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Walker Books
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Dec 16, 2010 Penwiper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just finished this whole series, and enjoyed it more than any book I've read in a good long while - one of those series where you wake up early to read it in bed before the alarm clock goes off. Good enough to make me post a review!

I almost didn't read it, because the covers looked like every bland YA fantasy that has been churned out in the past years. Even the first few chapters had me unconvinced, because again, there was a lot there that was like the basis of pretty much every Mary-Sue chil
May 02, 2010 Vanessa rated it really liked it
My first thought is: aw, come on. That's it? But not really. I have to qualify. Allison has a very poetic, lyrical language, and is master of bringing her thoughts to life. Her language is powerful and exciting. The main plot was a satisfying conclusion to the story. HOWEVER....

Spoiler Alert! Spoiler Alert! Spoiler Alert!

I simply can't review this book without telling you about my disappointment of the way the sub-plot of Cadvan and Maerad's story ends. It's like she forgot to write the end of t
After a significant detour in The Crow, The Singing returns to Maerad, and the story then switches back and forth between Hem and Maerad as they search for each other. I enjoyed the return to Innail, the battle with the Landrost, and the warmer friendship between Maerad and Cadvan. Hem's portions were interesting as well - Saliman, the traveling show, the moving army of the Dark. There is plenty of magic and plenty of danger.

I enjoyed it, but the first two are still my favorites. I can't quite p
Mar 18, 2009 Cindy rated it really liked it
This book ends the Pellinor series by Alison Croggon. I thought she did a good job at ending the series. She creates a world that is believable and has you questioning whether or not this world did exist here *before* our history started. The bad guys are really, really bad. But the hero and heroine (especially the heroine) are characters who question and doubt their abilities in a believable way.

The outcome for a lot of it is predictable, if you've read tons of fantasy. (and I have) But the bo
One of the first series in a long time where I can say I was honestly, profoundly sad to see it end. These books are absolutely stellar - the prose throughout them is consistently little short of exquisite, the scope of the story is epic and immersive, and the characters are certainly some of the most unique and realistic I've met. I was completely enthralled throughout the quartet, and The Singing is possibly the best of them all. I read it in three hours this afternoon, completely unable to ...more
Elizabeth Morgan
Spoilery? Yeah.

For a series that started out with Maerad and her being The One, the sections of this book that focused on her brother were much more interesting, with much more warmth and movement: I don't mind a bit of road trip in my stories.

Croggon still manages to hit all the fantasy tropes without being self-conscious about it: without too much effort Hem saves someone he loves from an incurable disease, Maerad suddenly works out how to defeat the Elemental that held her captive for a good
Aug 10, 2011 Cutiepie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 19, 2011 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 01, 2011 Chris rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, pellinor
As with the author, I finished (reading, in my case, writing, in hers) the Pellinor tetralogy with mixed feelings. Regret, first of all, because there was a sense of closure on the whole series: any hint of sequels was firmly dispelled by a note at the beginning of the appendices that outlined the subsequent history of Maerad, Hem and their friends, leaving little chance of another epic undertaking by the characters we had grown to know and love. But satisfaction, too, was there: that wrongs had ...more
Apr 13, 2009 Abby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The Singing is the last book in a beautiful series by Australian writer and poet Alison Croggon. I am notoriously stingy about buying books (a three-read rule, although different than Jasper Fforde's interpretation of that phrase!) but I bought the last three books in this series as soon as they came into the store, knowing that I would love them. I can't count the number of times I've read them since. I read JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings in college and was enchanted by the whole world he had ...more
Apr 15, 2010 Mikaela rated it it was amazing
Shelves: medieval-fantasy
In “The Singing,” Maerad’s adventures in Edil-Amarandh come to a climax and the saga that began with “The Naming” comes to an end. Maerad and Hem are wandering over the vast expanse of Annar and the Suderain in search of each other, in hopes of uniting and performing the Singing, the reunion of the two halves of the Treesong, before the armies of the Nameless One overwhelm the forces of the Light. Thrown into shadow by Sharma and betrayed by their leader, the Light turn to Maerad and Hem as ...more
Aug 13, 2009 Angela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I really want to give this book 3.5 stars, but it just doesn't make it to 4. I appreciate the fact that the characterizations were stronger and more clear in this book than in the earlier volumes, but the plot was just... lacking. As an "epic journey" saga, Croggon let large portions of the book be carried merely by the characters traveling from one place to another (which was the case, to some extent, in her earlier books, I admit), and it just got a little boring.

I thought the wrapping up of t
Jan 16, 2010 Trish rated it really liked it
This last book was shorter than all the other books, so I devoured it in one day. One of the things that I have loved about this series is that it's like an actor that stays in character from sequel to sequel. There are maps and forewords and appendices that talk of the books' translations from an ancient text. Even a pronunciation guide for the lost language. These careful touches are in all four books of the series and they add so much to the imagination of the world of Edil-Amarandh making it ...more
abigail thomas king
The final book in the Pellinor series was almost perfect. Overall I enjoyed the series immensely, but I found a few things distracting in this final volume:

1) Switching back and forth between character's gave an interesting overall perspective of the plot, but I also felt like it startled me out of the flow of the story.

2) Because volume one and two focused on Maerad, I felt a bit short-changed when we didn't get more of her development. Her character got rushed because of the inclusion of Hem's
The last book of a very good series! However, I was somewhat disappointed. There was a lot of descriptions of food, and how wonderful baths are, and how cold and tired everyone was. A lot of the story was really repetitive like that. Then, SPOILER ALERT it just felt like when she finally faced down the bad guy, you really didn't have any interaction with him. And it wasn't that big of a deal to defeat him. And GEEZE, we spent all this time learning how special Maerad was for being part ...more
Feb 06, 2016 Katy rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
I'm so sad this series is over!

I recommend it to anyone, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Aug 01, 2010 Cassy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 10, 2009 Mindy rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, ya
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Dec 28, 2009 Rah~ri rated it liked it
Just read these?

Lifted my "new book ban" :)

Was going to wait till Next month
but had hit a no sleep streak
and went to the book store...?
(Bad thing to do! So bad? love it though!)

Nothing intrigued me about these books
... almost nothing?
Never even heard of these books.
Wasn't impressed by the covers
(All books should be judged by there covers.).
Didn't care about the story... sounded cutesy? young.
But they were the thickest ones i could find!
and there was a set of four!!!

Was mainly looki
May 06, 2015 Maggie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
Did I enjoy it? Yes, I thought this was the strongest book in the series. After lots of character and world building, we finally got to some actual plot.
Would I read it again? Possibly. I really don't know.
Who would I recommend it to? Fantasy fans, if you like Tamora Pierce, Mercedes Lackey, Tolkein, or other authors along those lines you'll probably like this, it's got a somewhat similar feel to it.
Any other thoughts? This book picks up where The Crow left off, but we're with Maerad again. The
Oct 11, 2011 Shannon rated it liked it
The Singing is the fourth book of Pellinor, the story of Maerad and Hem. Overall, I thought this book was a strong finish to the quartet and I'm glad I picked it up to read. I think this series lost its focus a bit with The Crow, the book that featured Hem as the main character instead of Maerad. Yes, both are central to the Treesong, but the heart of the story is Maerad's - which is why I enjoyed this book. The focus was back to where I felt it belonged.

While I didn't think this while reading t
Adam Veeser-Johnston
May 28, 2014 Adam Veeser-Johnston rated it really liked it
"The Singing"

Maerad and Hem find each other and Maerad's lyre and Hem's tuning fork react to each one another and try to reform the Treesong but can't. After a long journey on both parties, the group finally finds the place they are looking for and remake the Treesong. Once the Song is remade the Elidhu, elemental's, disappear and the Nameless One is destroyed along with his armies. After all is said and done, normal life continues.

The main characters are Maerad, Hem, Cadvan, Saliman, The Namele
Jun 22, 2016 Dianna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't even remember the last time I read a whole series and gave five stars to every book. But these books are that good. Alison Croggon is a gifted writer, and her prose is beautiful without lacking clarity. The songs/poems are some of my favorite parts. The story is urgent and absorbing. I love the Bards and their cities, and the different landscapes described (except the barren evil places, of course).

This is high fantasy: magical people fighting for the greater good. The books have many th
Jul 13, 2011 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ya
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Apr 17, 2016 Laura rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, epic-journey
My gosh. When I started this series I was a little annoyed at how slowly things were going, as the world building took place. The first book was almost all world building, with no action until about the half way point. The second book was better. The third book was even better.

But, this fourth and final book, made the whole series worth it. I loved how brother and sister worked together. I loved Irc. (view spoiler)
Beckie Treble
Apr 20, 2012 Beckie Treble rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone who loves Fantasy
Recommended to Beckie by: Amazon
Wow. I have no idea what I'll read now because it was so awesome. I had the same problem after reading my way through Maria V.Snyders books. Amazing, I loved the moment when Hem and Maerad finally caught up with each other. So special. All the way through this series I could see the film as I was going along, and that doesn't happen very often. I wish Alison would write another book to go along with this. I don't want it to end quite yet.

The ending didn't feel like an ending, even though it has
Jan 28, 2009 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
It. Was. Fantastic. It was epic, it was heartbreaking, it was funny, and it just - just - was PERFECT. I could NOT put it down. The narrative flips between Hem and Maerad as they journey closer to each other, and the Croggon gives more of what we love. The villain, Sharma, never really appeared in the flesh, but we meet him nonetheless - its hard to explain to one who hasn't read the books. He was perfect at being simply evil. Characters who I wished would get together did, and, like harry ...more
Christopher Cuttone
What a wonderful series. The whole journey was enjoyable. The characters were enjoyable as was the world and the storytelling. Quite well written, and I think may be a favourite. A good conclusion to this series, although a couple of weaker parts in the ending. Having said that, it is easy to overlook that as the whole ending is just enjoyable to read, as is the book and series. Well done Alison Croggon. I look forward to The Bone Queen.
Akanksha  Singh
Mar 15, 2012 Akanksha Singh rated it really liked it
The last book in the Sellinor series and i read it with increasing regret coz it marks the end of a wonderful series. Totally awesome! One of the best fantasy books i've ever read. It was a bit disappointing to learn though, that the Annaren society and Edil-Amarandh, do not exist!!! But kudos to the author for such a brainwave, without internet research, you'd think it's written in a historical context. Definitely worth re reading:)
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[Quick review from memory before I re-read and re-review at a later date]

(I never know how to rate a series singular book, since the writing should be just as good or bad as the previous. I suppose, being the last, tied-up storylines and all that. I have a few vague memories of this one, though I don't recall the ending.)
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Alison Croggon is the author of the young adult fantasy quartet, The Books of Pellinor. The first volume was nominated in two categories in the Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction in December 2002 and named one of the Notable Books of 2003 by the Children's Book Council of Australia.
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Other Books in the Series

The Books of Pellinor (4 books)
  • The Naming (The Books of Pellinor, #1)
  • The Riddle (The Books of Pellinor, #2)
  • The Crow (The Books of Pellinor, #3)

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“Some say an army of horsemen
some an army on foot
others say ships laden for war
are the fairest things on earth.

But I say the fairest sight
on this dark earth
is the face of the one you love.

Nor is it hard to understand:
love has humbled the hearts
of the proudest queens.

And I would rather see you now
stepping over my threshold
than any soldier greaved in gold
or any iron-beaked ship.”
“By the light," he said, when he had mastered himself. "I think that beats singing a lullaby to a stormdog for simplicity and economy, Maerad. But I wish I had known that you simply had to blow at Hulls to get rid of them. It would have saved me a few scars.” 22 likes
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