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Book Title: The Singer of All Songs: The Chanters of Tremaris Trilogy, Book 1|
The author of the book: Kate Constable
Date of issue: January 28th 2006
ISBN 13: 9781400085156
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 16.31 MB
Edition: Random House (NY)
Read full description of the books The Singer of All Songs: The Chanters of Tremaris Trilogy, Book 1: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 the first, at least 40, possibly 50%, this was true. I found the characters incredibly annoying and while the writing was beautiful, the world was a bit unoriginal and cliché. Calwyn, the main character, was a whiny, immature little brat. I honestly despised her - she constantly blamed others for everything and kept getting them into trouble, all the while denying that she ever did anything wrong! She was absolutely infuriating. The other characters weren't much better: Darrow was too cold and distant for me to ever get fond of him, and none of the other characters are well-developed enough for me to judge them. Samis, I thought, was a very one-dimensional, tropey character - the ubiquitous evil, dark sorcerer who appears in every second-rate fantasy book. I read a ton of fantasy and I'm not content with one-dimensional villains anymore. They need to (a) be interesting, (b) develop just like the protagonists, and (c) genuinely make me scared - because that's the point of a villain, right? Sadly, Samis wasn't any of those things.
I also thought that the world needed something. It was fairly interesting, and I liked the idea of the nine chantments and the walled city of Antaris, but at times it seemed too cliché and unoriginal. I know said in my original mini-review that I thought the setting was really interesting, but I'd changed my mind the second time around.
Added to that, the storyline was quite dull - it suffers from that ever-present syndrome in fantasy, The Endless Walking. The characters were just walking from one country to another, not really doing anything, and there's nothing more fascinating than watching two characters wander up and down, up and down, with nothing to do but bicker. *sarcasm*
All in all, I wasn't particularly enthused. Around this point I considered putting it down and reading something else, but I decided against it - and I'm very glad I did.
The second half of the book picks up considerably. I'm not entirely sure why, because the pace doesn't really change, and there's still a fair amount of travelling, but the whole book just felt slicker, better, more intriguing. I loved the character of Mica and the writing was just stunning. Hands down, Kate Constable's writing is the best part of the book.
Would I recommend it? Yes, I would. Does it have its flaws? Yes, definitely. If the writing is the book's main strength, the characters are its weakness - they were all pretty annoying and one-sided, and I was disappointed to see how little Calwyn changed by the end of the book. I also found her romance-infatuation-thing with Darrow disappointing - first of all, they barely knew each other, and he wasn't exactly very pleasant to her - most of the time he's downright unkind and careless. But aside from that, I didn't really like the age difference - she was what, barely sixteen (?) and he was nearly thirty. It might just be me, but that didn't sit well.
Despite all that, I still enjoyed it, and I'm keeping my original rating and placing on my favourites shelf. I'm less keen on reading the sequels, because to be honest, it doesn't seem to me like it needs to be a trilogy. I say this a lot, but really three books sounds unnecessary - tack on another fifty pages to this one just to wind things up, and it would be fine, because (view spoiler)[the villain was dead. There wasn't really anything left to do (hide spoiler)]. It's a pretty short book anyway, so an extra fifty pages would have been manageable.
But again, that's just me.
4 out of 5 stars
Original Review - read in January/February 2014
I actually loved this one. I really liked the original and beautiful fantasy setting, the chanters, and Constable's writing style is lovely. The characters could do with a bit more development: Calwyn was quite whiny and childish and I hated Darrow's 'mysterious' attitude, but it's still one of my favourites and I really want the sequels.
Read information about the authorKate 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 a novel she fell in love with the man that is now her husband. They have a daughter.
Constable's first official novel was The Singer of All Songs, in a trilogy called The Chanters of Tremaris. It was published in 2002, a few weeks after Constable's daughter was born.
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