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The Waterless Sea (The Chanters of Tremaris #2)

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  4,850 Ratings  ·  155 Reviews
Tremaris is a land divided. From the islands of Firthana, across the deserts of Merithuros to the Sinister Black Palace of Hathara, the healing can only begin when the dark magic is unravelled.
Paperback, 217 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by Allen&Unwin (first published August 1st 2003)
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Jan 22, 2012 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lauren by: Skye Williams
Shelves: favorite-fantasy
I loved this book even more than the first one. The plot actually progressed from B to C (Merithuros is now on its way towards healing) unlike some middle-of-trilogy books. I still find Kate Constable's writing very dream-like and uplifting, and I love that the Chosen One is a teenage girl with doubts and fear and drama, one who has to grow up: not just age, but deal with her feelings, cope internally with ambiguous outcomes, and learn to both weild power and command (not merely demand) respect. ...more
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Wow this series is a favorite of all time for me. I hate when the second book drags threw a series but this did not disappoint! I just love the characters and the amazing abilities and changes that happen! I just truly enjoyed these book and will give them the highest compliment I can and read them to my kids.
Re- read to my girls 13 and 15. This is a darker book when read out loud to my kids, serious challenges are faced by our characters and many near death experiences keep you on edge as this
I loved The Waterless Sea almost as much as the first book in the trilogy. My only complaint with this one was that there was not enough of Darrow in the book. It did however, give insight into who he was and detailed important events from his past. There were a few times I felt like the story dragged a little, but it didn’t bother me too much. I’ll definitely be reading the next book.
Feb 25, 2008 J.Elle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was okay. The second of a trilogy, I would have been confused had I not read the first of the three. As it was, I had read the first quite some time ago and I struggled to remember it. I feel sort of apathetic about the book as I am writing this after reading the third book in the trilogy and I was so unimpressed that it made the whole trilogy seem sort of like a waste of time. Full of chants and magic, so if you're into that sort of thing, maybe you might enjoy it.
Jan 07, 2010 Libby rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen, sci-fi-fantasy
Maybe I was just too tired, but I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first. It wasn't a waste of time, but I was mostly bugged by Calwin's whining. I like strong heroines and I kept wanting her to be like Min from Mistborn. I did like the ending, though, and I'm interested to see how she resolves it in the third book.

Apr 24, 2008 Marita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ya-c
I liked this one better than the first book, but Marianna found this book sad.
Kyra Dune
Jun 04, 2015 Kyra Dune rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful story. Beautifully written. Love the characters.
Jan 10, 2017 Lydia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While liberating a pirate/slaver ship, Calwyn and crew are approached by a young man, Heben, who wants their help. He hails from the empire of Merithuros where chanters are taken from their families (and often disowned from their families) and hidden away at the Black Palace from which no-one is said to return. All the chanters of Merithuros are Iron Crafters, which they claim cannot be practiced by women, so girl chanters disappear permanently. Calwyn, Tonno, Mica and Halassa cannot resist Hebe ...more
Aug 26, 2011 Perro rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who enjoyed Eragon, The Raie' Chalia, The Golden Compass, etc
Recommended to Perro by: After I Library-Raided the first book I looked up the rest of the books
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Setting/World Building: 4/5
Main Character: 4/5
Other Characters: 3/5
Plot: 3/5
Writing: 3/5
Triggering/Issues: 4/5 (Some sexism)

AVERAGED TOTAL: 3/5 out of 4, rounded to 3.

This wasn't a bad book... it just also wasn't a great book? I think it really was a solid 3.5 stars, and it was definitely the last 1/4th of the book that brought it up to that. The beginning really dragged. It was mostly just them walking through the dessert and getting to court. At first, I liked the way the two MCs were pining
Sep 22, 2008 Lindsey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the most alluring aspects of this book is the original fantasy being used as the basic structure of the story and the world in which it takes place. An original mythology well crafted brings fresh content for the imagination more so than the constant reskinning of already established mythologies like vampirism and magic do. What Constable does to combine the natural world with singing and dancing is both beautiful and original.

In comparison to the first book, the story is a little dry (n
Jun 20, 2012 Koalathebear rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Like "The Singer of All Songs", the novel "The Waterless Sea" is set on Tremaris. Calwyn, a young priestess with a magical ability to sing ice into being has come a long way from home.

At the start of the novel, for reasons we learn about later, Darrow has gone his own way and is no longer with the group. Stopping the evil Prince Samis has clearly affected Darrow in ways that no one could have foreseen.

Now the group is comprised of Calwyn, Mica the wind worker, the Halasaa the healer and a fisher
Jun 10, 2013 Magali rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm pretty sure someone has written a paint-by-numbers guide to books I am guaranteed to love, and this one follows it while still being charming and sincere. You won't find anything truly groundbreaking in these pages, but that has never stopped me from being excited about a book. I like how the plot and characters are developing; the second book in a trilogy is always the hardest, and this one was well-executed.

Is it a touch overly-simplistic and idealistic at times? Of course! I not-so-secre
Shay Hardman
Jul 11, 2012 Shay Hardman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again, Calwyn and her friends finds themselves in a situation where they are needed. They will have to find the courage, strength, and determination to ensure they're up to the task that is set before them. Trust and friendships will be tested, and secrets of the past will become revealed.

The Waterless Sea is an outstanding novel. The determination and courage of Calwyn and her friends is simply remarkable. Even when faced with hardships and suffering, the group continue forward in their a
The Waterless Sea is the sequel to The Singer of All Songs. It continues after the first book, with Calwyn and her friends trying to stop the evil in the land. I think it is written very well just like the first book, with scenes described vividly. However, Darrow isn’t in it as much as he was in the first book. This was surprising because I thought he would be a main character. Other characters are brought in, though, and some are gone. The Waterless Sea has just as much action as The Singer of ...more
Apr 01, 2009 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Calwyn and her friends have traveled to the deserts of Merithuros, a harsh, dry, and desolate land, in search of the Palace of Cobwebs. While searching for evidence of chantment there, they learn that children have been kidnapped and are being forced to use their magical gifts against their wills. Meanwhile, Darrow, who is having difficulty coming to terms with his past after their encounter with Samis, the evil sorcerer who hopes to control their land of Tremaris, forms his own alliance with a ...more
Bethany Huang (Midnight Mermaids)
Nov 18, 2010 Bethany Huang (Midnight Mermaids) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy lovers
This book is just as stunning as the first. After I finished The Singer of All Songs (which took me less than a day,) I immediately raced to my school library and checked out the next book, The Waterless Sea. And this sequel definitely did not disappoint me. However, there were several things that I made this book very confusing. First of all, when I was reading it, I was looking for Darrow. Obviously, Calwyn and him where meant to be together. So imagine my surprise when I couldn't find him the ...more
Still really enjoying this series. Some folks have complained about the romance, but I actually really like how realistic it seems: (view spoiler) ...more
Katherine Cowley
A strong second installment in the Chanters of Tremaris series; our main characters set out on a quest to save a group of children who may have magic.

What I liked:
-The court world
-Dessert survival
-Some new characters to our ensemble cast
-The last 75 pages really redeemed the book for me

What didn't quite work for me:
-Every other chapter is about Darrow, but he doesn't actually do anything in any of these chapters but have flashbacks which serve to set up the ending of the book
-The romance doesn't
Mar 26, 2011 Danielle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like fact I was listening to this audio (I need some motivation to get up and exercise in the mornings) and I was finding all sorts of reasons to keep myself plugged in into the late hours one night (any more dishes...what cupboard to sort?) This was fantastic. I think I actually might have liked this better than the 1st one. I love the whole magic of the powers of enchantment and the entertwining stories in and of themselves. I am loving the characters more, and was more int ...more
Melanie Terry
Jun 05, 2014 Melanie Terry rated it really liked it
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
Oct 02, 2008 Jaycie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who loves adventures stories with a bit of romance
This book is so incredible, it starts out with the same girl in the first book and she meets this man named Garrow in the first book and he is also in the 2nd book with her and she starts to fall in love with him as both of them collect friends to help this man rescue his two younger brother and sister from these men that have taken them to a world of ice. There adventure gets harder and harder as she enconters places she has never been and has to learn to servive using her powers and Garrows as ...more
Shilo Quetchenbach
I actually didn't enjoy this book as much as the previous book. By having Darrow absent for much of the story, Constable created an uncertainty in Calwyn that makes her irritable and grumpy. She is also full of angst - not a good thing in your main character. The new characters were interesting and well done, the plot was interesting, and the story was wrapped up solidly with an ending that leaves me interested to read the next one, but I can't help feeling that this book consisted mostly of Cal ...more
Sep 21, 2012 Jillian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not happy that the guy and girl are almost never together through out this one, but I get why. I love that the girl... what's her name... Calwyn or something weird like that--ANYway, I love that she gains so many different powers and learns to use them well. She's a great character, strong, kind-hearted, with room to grow.

It was interesting to learn Darrow's (is that his name, some weird names I could never remember) past and see him become the man he's meant to be.

Still holding out for that rom
Kim Kelly
Feb 27, 2015 Kim Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! What a difference from the first book! The plot developed a lot more in this one and I felt the characters were much more developed also. It added so much to the story to hear Darrows past. He is a much more likable character now. We also get to know Halasaa a lot more in this book too. Calwyn continues to be a meaningful character as she gets older. Overall, much better than the first one. If you are looking for a good classic fantasy book, this is a great series.
Dec 01, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this story. Calwyn's adventurous spirit, the goodness of her heart, and her empathy for the other characters combine to make her a lovable character. It's even more exciting that she's learning the different songs and seeing the ties that unite the different aspects. I'm not sure if I see her love for Darrow. I also enjoyed Mica's bluntness, and missed have Trout in this adventure. I hope he comes back for the next book
The main character really irritates me-- I mildly hated her by the end of the story. She's so self-righteous and claims to be in love with Darrow but in the end is not understanding or trustful of him. It's as if the author is trying to paint her as selfless and loving, but she's really self-centered and immature.

Again I continue to dislike the protagonists but like the minor characters. All this being said I like the plot enough to read the next book.
Nov 02, 2009 Alex rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like all 2nd books in most trilogies, this one was a bit hard to get through for me. Not due to the writing or by any fault of the author, as I do enjoy her lyrical style of writing, rather because of the unfortunate turn of events in the plot lines. I'm a sucker for happy endings and while I know they cannot be had in the 2nd installment of a trilogy, I am always frustrated when I know better than to expect it.
Apr 23, 2009 Karmee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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