Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Singer of All Songs (The Chanters of Tremaris, #1)” as Want to Read:
The Singer of All Songs (The Chanters of Tremaris, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

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

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  7,644 ratings  ·  328 reviews
Kate Constable's lyrical, acclaimed fantasy debut--now in paperback Calwyn has never been beyond the high ice-wall that guards the sisters of Antaris from the world of Tremaris. She knows only the rounds of her life as a novice ice priestess, tending her bees, singing her ice chantments, and dreaming.

But then Calwyn befriends Darrow, a mysterious Outlander who appears insi
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published September 1st 2002)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Singer of All Songs, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Singer of All Songs

Graceling by Kristin CashorePoison Study by Maria V. SnyderFire by Kristin CashoreHowl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne JonesThe Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
Magic, Adventure, Romance
36th out of 1,115 books — 3,174 voters
The Final Empire by Brandon SandersonThe Name of the Wind by Patrick RothfussHarry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. RowlingThe Way of Kings by Brandon SandersonThe Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
Most Interesting Magic System
174th out of 1,568 books — 5,647 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
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
May 04, 2008 The Singer of All Songs rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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...
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
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
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
The Singer of All Sogs was a very interesting read. I say that like I didn't like it, but I really did like the story. It was so different from all the other YA fantasy that I read, that it was at once both exciting and a little disconcerting. The system of magic - each spell a chantment worked by song - was really intreaguing, and I wish that Constable had gone deeper into that magic, had showed the characters using and learning more chantments. I wish that Calwyn had had more...intention somet ...more
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
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
Jul 15, 2014 Lauren rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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,
I found this book to be quite… I don’t, cute. It’s not great, and doesn’t compare much to other YA books, but is still worthy. However, I can see why its not a popular book, and why I’d never heard of it before.
The story is pretty good, but there were a few issues I had. One, Calwyn was bit… annoying. Throughout the whole book, I was hoping she and Darrow would not get together, even though we all knew they would – he is at least like 9 years older than her.
Also, the characters were a bit 2D and
Apr 19, 2012 Kiwi rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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 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
Aug 12, 2008 Jessica rated it 4 of 5 stars
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.
Life in Antaris is good for priestess-in-training Calwyn; especially as she is due to soon be raised to full priestess and has found her niche within the great walls of the country as beekeeper. However, she is still restless and when the Outlander, a sorcerer named Darrow, appears, questions of Calwyn's own past and eagerness to see the outside world increase. Darrow didn't stumble blindly over the sister's wall though, he comes with a warning; another sorcerer, named Samis, wishes to rule the ...more
Nanna Bing
The book is about a girl named Calwyn, shes a singer and have the magic power of ice, but she dosent really fit in with the other singers, so one day something happens, that change her life and she is lead on at great trip around the big ocean, hwere she mets friends and ennemies, and learns a lot about herself.

Great book, with many different caraters. It reminds me at bit of Tamore Pierces books about the children with magic powers (the immortals, but not in a way that makes it a copy, just wel
Oct 22, 2009 Angela rated it 5 of 5 stars
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.
Jul 13, 2008 Naomi rated it 4 of 5 stars
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.
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.
Loved it! Reminds me of the Pellinor series which is one of my favorites, both of which are fantasies with bardic type magic. I can't wait to see the relationship grow between Calwyn and Darrow.
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.
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.
I personally love the Chanters of Tremaris trillogy and The Singer of All Songs sets the scene perfectly.
I love how Calwyn's character is so entirely connectable. And Darrow with his odd moods. Little Mica who (if I do say so myself) has the best accent. Big, burly Tonno and skinny, imaginative Trout. And Halasaa, who I can never remember how to spell his name. Let us not forget the dreaded Samis.
The way Kate Constable introduces us into the world of Tremaris with all of the chantments is magic
Neisa Hutson
I remember reading this when I was about 12, which was years ago! I remember getting this book from one of those magazines they passed out to classes for scholastics, I think. This was definitely the book that inspired me to want to be a writer someday, and opened up a world of fantasy. I have the original kept safely on my shelf too this day. Whether or not some may give it low ratings, I see it as the childhood tale that inspired me as a kid too write my own tales. I recommend this for anyone ...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
Jul 06, 2011 Anne rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: fantasy, ya
I thought the story was boring and colorless. The ideas-(the magic, the theme) were not original either.
This is the second time I've read this, and while I still like it a lot, it undoubtedly suffers by comparison with many of the things I've read in the intervening years. I originally read this pre-2006, and doing my MLIS (for which I read a lot of children's and YA books) and becoming a children's librarian thereafter means that I've read a lot of other really good children's and YA fantasy since then. That said, this is a fine world, and although I find the character development a little lackin ...more
Iva Moore

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
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
What made you fall in love with the book? 6 30 Nov 24, 2013 06:32AM  
Shut Up & Read: Chanters of Tremaris trilogy 1 11 Feb 17, 2012 12:42PM  
  • In the Coils of the Snake (The Hollow Kingdom Trilogy, #3)
  • The Seer and the Sword (Healer and Seer, #1)
  • The Truth-Teller's Tale (Safe-Keepers, #2)
  • The Singing (The Books of Pellinor, #4)
  • Hero's Song (The Songs of Eirren, #1)
  • The Glass Maker's Daughter (The Cassaforte Chronicles, #1)
  • Wolf Tower (Claidi Journals, #1)
  • Fall of a Kingdom (The Farsala Trilogy, #1)
  • Song Quest (The Echorium Sequence, #1)
  • Star Crossed (Thief Errant, #1)
  • Dæmonernes Hvisken (Historien om Mira, #1)
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
More about Kate Constable...

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)
The Waterless Sea (The Chanters of Tremaris, #2) The Tenth Power (The Chanters of Tremaris, #3) Crow Country Always Mackenzie (Girlfriend Fiction, #4) Cicada Summer

Share This Book

“It seems to me them that sees an evil thing unfold and don't do nothin' to prevent it, are just as bad as them that does the evil.” 17 likes
“all the gods are the same unknowable mystery, just as each face of a jewel strikes light in a different direction” 10 likes
More quotes…