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The Singer of All Songs: Book 1 in the Chanters of Tremaris Trilogy

By Kate Constable

Calwyn has lived all her life among the priestesses of Antaris, tending her bees and dreaming of the mysterious world beyond the Wall. Then she discovers a man lying unconscious within the Wall - Darrow, who tells her of the fear and hatred that hold sway in the Outlands, where the magic arts of chantment are disappearing. They journey together to cities of golden stone and seas ruled by blood moons, gathering other chanters to them. For it will take an unprecedented unity to stand in the way of Samis, a ruthlessly ambitious sorcerer who seeks to become Emperor of all Tremaris.

Reminiscent of such classic novels as A Wizard of Earthsea and The Hero and the Crown, yet set in an utterly original world where enchantment is worked by singing, The Singer of All Songs stands out from the choir of new fantasies for the warmth of its vision and the beauty of its voice.


Darrow reached into his pocket and drew out the object he had been carving earlier. He threw it to Calwyn and, startled, she caught it. It was a small wooden ball, but Darrow had begun shaping it into a map of Tremaris. “It’s not finished,” he said. “But I thought you might like it. Thank you for all you have done for me, Calwyn. Perhaps we shall meet again some day.”

She could not speak, but nodded silently, pressing the wooden sphere hard between her hands. Darrow turned toward the river. She watched him plunge into the water, holding his stick above his head. Already the river had seized him in its current; soon he would be carried beyond the Wall and into the Outlands. Once more he would roam the world, and sail the wide seas in those boats of his, while she was locked inside the gray walls of Antaris, watching the moons wheel overhead and the seasons come and go, every day the same as the one that had gone before. And she would never see him again—

“Wait!” she cried, stumbling down the slippery bank.

And then she was in the water. 

Reviews and Awards

Top Ten Fantasy Titles For Youth
Booklist Editor’s Choice
Booklist Top Ten First Novels for Youth
Book Links Lasting Connection
ALA “Amelia Bloomer Project” Award winner
Georgia Peach Award for Teen Readers Nominee 

⋆ “Tremaris is a broken world, whose peoples were divided by the gods, each against the others, into their separate lands. It's also a magical world, but its magic has been likewise divided; each realm has been granted one of eight chantments (powers worked through song). Cloistered behind a wall of ice, Calwyn is a novice priestess in one of the last remaining realms to practice its ancient chantment: ice-call, the ability to control all things cold.… Fans of Ursula LeGuin will recognize echoes of Earthsea (especially The Tombs of Atuan) in Tremaris, but instead of objecting to the similarities, they will welcome Constable's respectful reinvention-and eagerly anticipate the next two installments in her Chanters of Tremaris trilogy. An impressive debut by an author who clearly has much to contribute to the fantasy genre.” – Booklist, starred review

“Ending with an intriguing set-up for the next installment, this book should generate interest in a promising newcomer to children's fantasy.” - Publishers Weekly

“Constable’s descriptive and detailed narrative is reminiscent of fellow Australian Garth Nix’s writing.... Constable also is not afraid to let the story develop naturally, even where the fate of her characters is concerned. These characters are well-rounded and complex, with authentic emotions and responses. There is a finished feel to the book, a sense of completion, even though the reader knows that there is more to come. This feeling of resolution is satisfying while piquing curiosity for more.” – Voice of Youth Advocates Booklist 

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Spring 2004
ISBN: 0-439-55478-0
Price: $16.95/$24.99
Trim Size: 6" x 9"
Page Count: 288
Foreign Rights: Allen & Unwin PTY LTD
Translation Rights: Allen & Unwin PTY LTD
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