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The Singer of All Songs

(The Chanters of Tremaris #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  9,682 ratings  ·  381 reviews
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 inside the Wall and warns of an approaching danger. To help Darrow, to s
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published September 1st 2002)
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Aug 29, 2007 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
Apr 17, 2008 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
The Book Queen
Feb 06, 2015 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
Mar 03, 2008 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...
Jul 18, 2009 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
Jun 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: aussie, fantasy, library
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
The Captain
Apr 03, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult
Ahoy there mateys! I don’t remember who convinced me to give this series a chance but I do know that it was the discussion of music that led to it. I was warned that the series was read when much younger and so she didn’t know if it would hold up. I listened to this one on audiobook with narration by Karen Ziemba. They actually excluded samples of the chanting which was cool. They unfortunately used the exact same versions of the chanting for the entire book. Not so cool. I ended up thinking tha ...more
Kelly Aley
Mar 04, 2011 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
What if you could sing magic into being? High, pure notes for ice or coldness; gravelly low tones for metal; whistling alto songs for wind; and the silent music of dance for healing. The Singer of All Songs takes the idea of song-based magic and weaves it into a mythic-toned young adult fantasy novel reminiscent of Alison Croggon's The Books of Pellinor.

I don't quite remember how I came across The Singer of All Songs, but I'm glad I borrowed a copy despite my ultimately mixed feelings on it. I'v
3.5 stars. I have … slightly complicated feelings about this book. I read it when I was younger, then bought a copy at a used book sale on a whim and reread it. I still enjoyed it, but now that I'm older, I noticed a couple things that I didn't like about it. Some spoilers.
•I really like the world-building! The idea of magic through song is a really interesting and unique one. The scenes where Calwyn and other characters are using chantment are well-described: it really does feel like
noshin tasnim
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
Ehh, It was mainly uneventful.
Jan 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lauren by: Skye Williams
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,
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
Althea Ann
Jun 09, 2010 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
Apr 27, 2014 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
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the audio version. It was different. As a book that contains music and centered around it, it makes sense why they included chants (that's what they sounded like to me) throughout the book. Most of the time it was a distraction because the narrator continued reading through the chanting. I had to tune out the background music/chanting so I could concentrate on the words. The male chanting was not at all pleasing either. It sounded like someone mumbling. Overall, my experience with ...more
Sep 12, 2012 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
Emma Rose Ribbons
May 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
I loved many parts of this - the heroine, for one, and the magic as well. I also loved that it was about a group of friends, it's something that I'm increasingly looking for in my reading. Happy to say I enjoyed it enough to continue on with the series - at last!

Reread this in 2016 to see if I wanted to continue with the series and I don't. The friendship at the heart of this is decently built and the magic is very interesting but I thought the writing was really weak and I couldn't relat
Apr 19, 2012 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
Tori Crandall
Oct 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book captivated me as a young girl, after being enslaved by the magical world of Harry Potter (an obscenely unhealthy obsession) I found solace in The Chanters of Tremaris. As I've aged, however, I've come to find it say....a little underdeveloped, but alas I still adore it.

Kate Constable created a beautiful, magical world, for me to fold into when seeking that girl that I used to be. Its is a mellow read, the ginger to my sushi palette. I plan to re-enter the world of Tremaris for
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 loved The Sings of All Songs. It reminds me a little of the Pellinor series which is one of my favorites, but this was nowhere as deep as Pelinor. The main thing they have in common is they both are fantasies with bardic type magic, which I’ve found to be rather rare in YA fantasy. I’m looking forward to reading the next book and I can't wait to see the relationship grow between Calwyn and Darrow.
Aug 02, 2008 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.
Oct 22, 2009 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.
Jun 29, 2008 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.
Jun 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2008, fantasy, young-adult
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.
Apr 23, 2009 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.
Jul 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, ya
I thought the story was boring and colorless. The ideas-(the magic, the theme) were not original either.
Jul 16, 2009 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.
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  • The Seer and the Sword (Healer and Seer, #1)
  • The Singing
  • The Glass Maker's Daughter (The Cassaforte Chronicles, #1)
  • The Truth-Teller's Tale (Safe-Keepers, #2)
  • Hero's Song (The Songs of Eirren, #1)
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  • Fall of a Kingdom (The Farsala Trilogy, #1)
  • Krystalhjertet (Historien om Mira, #3)
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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

Other books in the series

The Chanters of Tremaris (3 books)
  • The Waterless Sea
  • The Tenth Power
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