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

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  8,297 Ratings  ·  342 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
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published September 1st 2002)
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The Book Queen
Dec 07, 2015 The Book Queen rated it really liked it
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
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Karen
Aug 29, 2007 Karen rated it liked it
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 it was amazing
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
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Nicole
Mar 03, 2008 Nicole rated it it was amazing
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...
Jamio
Jul 18, 2009 Jamio rated it it was ok
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
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Thebookbutterfly
Jun 20, 2011 Thebookbutterfly rated it it was ok
Shelves: library, aussie, fantasy
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
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Kelly Aley
Mar 04, 2011 Kelly Aley rated it liked it
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
Amy
May 02, 2014 Amy rated it really liked it
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
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Althea Ann
Sep 28, 2013 Althea Ann rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Kathryn
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
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Shelly
Sep 12, 2012 Shelly rated it liked it
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
Lauren
Jul 15, 2014 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  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,
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Kiwi
Apr 19, 2012 Kiwi rated it it was amazing
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
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Lornian
Hacía tiempo que no leía un libro en el que me eran tan igual los personajes y lo que les pasara.
Katalyna Rose
Jan 20, 2016 Katalyna Rose rated it it was amazing
This trilogy was my best friend for a long time. Believe it or not, I found the first book in my sister's closet when I was young, and we have no idea how it got there. I bought the second one at a book fair at my elementary school. I used to hang out with my friend at Borders (when it still existed, at least) and found a single copy of the third book there one day, completely by accident. I rode my bike home as fast as I could and got my money, then rode all the way back and purchased it on the ...more
Grace
Aug 22, 2015 Grace rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, series
Hmm..

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
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Lara
This was so refreshing, in that it hearkens back more to the Tamora Pierce and Robin McKinley style of fantasy (think The Immortals and The Blue Sword) than to Twilight and what's mostly come from that (maybe because it came out the year after Twilight and the craze hadn't quite taken over everything yet at that point). There's just sort of a timelessness to it, maybe. Not particularly innovative, but comfortable and classic.

Anyway, I really enjoyed this a lot. The world is really well-describe
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Jessica
Aug 12, 2008 Jessica rated it really liked it
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.
Lydia
Nov 03, 2014 Lydia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 06, 2014 Nanna Bing rated it really liked it
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
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Angela
Oct 22, 2009 Angela rated it it was amazing
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.
Naomi
Jul 13, 2008 Naomi rated it really liked it
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.
Wendi
Jun 20, 2008 Wendi rated it really liked it
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.
Tammie
May 10, 2016 Tammie rated it it was amazing
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.
Karmee
Apr 23, 2009 Karmee rated it really liked it
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.
Hazel
Jul 16, 2009 Hazel rated it it was amazing
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.
Thirrin
Apr 09, 2015 Thirrin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-it
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
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Lauren
I love the idea of this (singing magic! yes!), but the end product Constable provides is too thinly drawn to be really rewarding. There's so much potential richness in the worldbuilding and the characters, but everything feels by-the-numbers and episodic.

(Also, the audiobook was good, and did incorporate some original music and singing in the background [and considering the narrator was Karen Ziemba, I would have been extremely disappointed if they hadn't], but I can't help but wonder what a com
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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
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What made you fall in love with the book? 6 30 Nov 24, 2013 03:32PM  
Shut Up & Read: Chanters of Tremaris trilogy 1 12 Feb 17, 2012 09:42PM  
  • The Seer and the Sword (Healer and Seer, #1)
  • The Truth-Teller's Tale (Safe-Keepers, #2)
  • The Buccaneer's Apprentice (The Cassaforte Chronicles, #2)
  • The Hollow Kingdom (The Hollow Kingdom Trilogy, #1)
  • The Singing (The Books of Pellinor, #4)
  • Secret Sacrament (Secret Sacrament, #1)
  • Fire Arrow (The Songs of Eirren, #2)
  • Krystalhjertet (Historien om Mira, #3)
  • Fall of a Kingdom (The Farsala Trilogy, #1)
  • Song Quest (The Echorium Sequence, #1)
  • Dragon's Bait
  • The Secret Country (The Secret Country, #1)
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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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