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The Singing (The Books of Pellinor #4)

4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  9,110 ratings  ·  397 reviews
The climactic volume of the epic quartet follows the Bards of Edil-Amarandh on a vital quest to merge their powers against a nameless evil.

In an increasingly battle-ravaged land, Maerad, Cadvan, and Hem desperately search for each other as they make their separate journeys. The Black Army is advancing north, and even as Maerad faces a mighty confrontation with the Landrost
Published December 7th 2010 by Candlewick Press (MA) (first published September 1st 2008)
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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
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
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
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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 pu ...more
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
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
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 thei ...more
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
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
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Adam Veeser-Johnston
"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
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
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
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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
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
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
Beckie Treble
Apr 20, 2012 Beckie Treble rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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 elemental ...more
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 potte ...more
I have not written a review for any of the other 3 books in the cycle, so this will be partially a review of the novels as a whole. I do hope anything I write will not spoil the ending for you.

As a whole, I found The Books of Pellinor enchanting, captivating, creative, and (certainly not the least) very well articulated. As with pretty much any High fantasy novel written today, The books of Pellinor do share some plot and character similarities with others of the same genre. In my personal opini
This book is really only worthy of 3 stars, but I rounded up for the sake of the entire story. The ending was no great surprise (well, I suppose I was surprised that, after pulling no punches for the last three books, Croggon actually let Maerad live); it was clear from the end of book 3 what had to happen, and this book really took its time getting there. And in the end, everything felt anticlimactic. I felt the wind go out of my sails about two thirds of the way through.

I will say that a larg
The book, The Singing, written by Alison Croggon, is the fourth and final book in the series of Pellinor. The book features the journeys of Maerad and Hem as they try to find each other across the “Seven Kingdoms of Annar”, so that they can combine the two objects of the “Singing” to save their kingdom and home. However, the Nameless One and his army are trying to stop them and in doing so, to take over the kingdom.

I absolutely enjoyed reading this book as well as the series because throughou
Alice Bliss
This was an okay book....................not wonderful but okay i guess.I felt like things where a little rushed in some parts and weren't emphisised in other part.I understand that Maered and (i cant remember his name;( r in love,but i felt like sometimes there strangers,like in some parts they simply didn't trust each other.I cant figure out specifically why i felt this way but i was hoping for actually touching scene or bit funny or plain-impractical u know to say there still realistically hu ...more
Kelsey Hanson
SPOILERS AHEAD!! I don't like Maered. There I said it. I'm going against almost every other review on this site but I find her to be a bland and rather annoying character. That was probably why I will never love this series with the same devotion as I do others. I also really didn't understand ANY of the relationships on here. I didn't get a whole lot of chemistry between any of them particularly Maerad and Cadvan. I fought that pretty creepy. They always had a mentor/student or even parent/chil ...more
The Singing is an amazing conclusion to the Books of Pellinor. It started with the first book and through til the end started my love affair with this series. The whole book shows so many things that are true in our world as well as Maerad's. Croggon shows the horror of war, power of friendship and love, and the slow movement of recovery. The detail continues in this book letting you see and feel the whole story. I really liked how she keeps Irc throughout the fourth book because he lightens the ...more
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Born in 1962, Alison Croggon is one of a generation of Australian poets which emerged in the 1990s. She writes in many genres, including criticism, theatre and prose.

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 nam
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Other Books in the Series

The Books of Pellinor (5 books)
  • The Bone Queen (The Books of Pellinor Prequel)
  • 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.” 19 likes
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