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Slaves of the Mastery (Wind on Fire) [Paperback]

William Nicholson
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22 April 2002 Wind on Fire
The people of Aramanth have been enslaved by the army of the Mastery, led by Marius Ortiz. If they disobey their masters, a member of their community is burned in an iron cage before their eyes. Only Kestrel Hath, daughter of Ira and Hanno Hath, escapes the armies and rescues the silver voice from the burnt wind singer. Following the instinctive call of her twin brother Bowman across the desert, Kestrel meets Sisi, the spoilt Johdila engaged by her parents to Marius Ortiz. Kestrel becomes Sisi's closest friend and begins to open her eyes to another world. Bowman, who has been training his mind to move objects, has also caught the attention of Marius and has been engaged as his 'truth teller'. Their friend Mumpo has been perfecting the art of the killing dance of the Mastery, the manaxa, and finally kills the city's champion. In a whirlwind climax, Bowman comes face to face with the Master himself and the terrifying Morah is once again unleashed. The Hath family, and those that believe the words of the prophetess Ira Hath, leave the Mastery and begin a journey to the homeland.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Paperback: 339 pages
  • Publisher: Mammoth; New edition edition (22 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749749016
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749749019
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 292,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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William Nicholson was born in 1948 and received his early education at Downside School, a Roman Catholic monastic school, set in the countryside near Bath.

He went on to study English Literature at Christ's College, Cambridge, graduating with a double First Class degree in 1970. After leaving university, William joined BBC television, where he worked as a documentary film maker. It was not long before William's talent was channelled into writing for television dramas and his professional writing career took off.

William is perhaps best known as an acclaimed Hollywood screenwriter, whose work includes Elizabeth: The Golden Age, the Bafta award-winning Shadowlands, and Oscar-winning Gladiator.

He has written several screenplays for films due for future release, including Long Walk to Freedom, an adaptation of Nelson Mandela's autobiography.

Nicholson's first trilogy for young readers, The Wind on Fire, met with universal acclaim. Winner of the Smarties Gold Award and the Blue Peter Book Award. Nicholson's latest trilogy the Noble Warriors has also been enthusiastically received. The final book Noman is published on 4th September 2007:

'The events rip along, but the real strength of Nicholson's novel lies in its wonderful characters: Morning Star, drowning in the power of her love for Wildman, and Echo Kittle, captured by the enemy of Orlans' Daily Telegraph

His latest book, the highly anticipated Rich and Mad is a compelling and beautifully written novel about first love, first sex, and everything in-between.

Nicholson has been cited as one of the most gifted and imaginative writers alive in the world today. His adult titles include The Trial of True Love and The Society of Others.

William lives in Sussex with his wife Virginia, and their three children.

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Slaves of the Master is the fantastically vivid, breathtaking sequel to The Wind Singer by William Nicholson.

Written with the same passion and cinematic scope as the first book in the series, Slaves of the Mastery picks up the story of siblings Kestrel and Bowman five years on from the closing chapter of The Wind Singer. The city of Aramanth has become a kinder place, but in becoming kinder it has also become weaker, making it the perfect target for the ruthless soldiers of the Mastery. After a swift and brutal battle that leaves the city burned and the Manth people destined for slavery, Kestrel finds herself alone, angry and bitterly sworn to wreak her own revenge. But first she must find her beloved brother Bowman, and he in turn must find a way of understanding the secrets of the mysterious Singer people. Only then can the pair begin to strike out against the Mastery and begin a voyage that will bring the Manth people back to their former stature.

Slaves of the Mastery lives up to all the promises made by The Wind Singer, and readers who enjoyed the first book will certainly be thrilled by the pace and execution of the second. Dramatic, complex and thought-provoking, this is a challenging read for readers aged 10 and over. --Susan Harrison --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Continuing 5 years on from where 'The Wind Singer' left off, this outstanding book will take your breath away and leave you stunned from the first page, until the the last. Based around the people of Aramanth, and in particular the Hath family, 'Slaves of the Mastery' has the potential to make you laugh or cry. William Nicholson has invented a whole host of characters, who, over the course of the book, will be either remembered from 'The Wind Singer', or introduced to us. This book is one of those stories you will want to read over and over, and each time, will grip your mind with a ferociety which will make you hate to finish it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and harrowing 'Gladiator' for kids 1 July 2001
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The best children's novel of 2001, this is the second of a trilogy. The first, The Wind Siger, won the Gold Smarties and was funny and gripping but this is far better. Admirers of Philip Pullman will find the same kind of seriousness... The Hath family, along with their tribe are taken into slavery by the Mastery, a culture similar to Imperial Rome. It creates high art, especially music, but through terror thanks the the Master's ability to dominate his subjects' minds. The Hath family fight back to free their people, and learn magical powers to challenge the Master. So many children's classics feature a lone hero, but the great thing about Nicholson's books is that the whole family work together and are loyal to each other. There are marvellous inventions such as the manaxa, a deadly gladiatorial dance, a flying cat, a beautiful princess who falls in love with the wrong person and so on but it's this warmth of feeling that is so affecting. A wonderful, captivating and enthralling tale.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A strong and powerful book. 10 May 2001
By A Customer
This book is one of the best books I've ever read. I ordered it from Amazon, and while I was waiting for it to arrive I came to amazon to read a few reveiws and see if Kesteral and Bowman were still the stars, but none said. Well I know now, and I'm not going to say! But I can recommend this book, strong and quick moving, with a plot to rival Northern Lights, this book will undoubtably go far. Just make sure you read the previous book, The wind singer, first. AMAZING!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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My ten-year-old daughter and I discovered "The Wind on Fire" trilogy last year and are addicts. William Nicholson has planned and portrayed a thoroughly believable fantasy world, which has both of us enthralled!
Anyone who read "The Wind Singer" will be acquainted with the Hath family and their special talents; "Slaves of the Mastery" manages to make the reader empathise even more with them and their fellow residents of Aramanth. We were definitely more emotionally involved in this second book than the first (by which I mean, my daughter sobbed her heart out several times, and I have to admit I joined her here and there!).
This book gets off to a slower start than the first, as new characters and intertwining storylines are introduced, but from about half the way in, the tension starts to build to a nail-biting climax. Unputdownable!!!!!! Now excuse us - we're off to buy a copy of "Firesong"!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, really superb book. 20 May 2002
The Slaves of the Mastery is brilliant. It is even better than The Wind Singer, although that was great. The Hath family are made slaves by the Mastery, together with the rest of the people of Aramanth, all except Kestrel, who is left behind. She meets Sisi, a spoilt princess, who has to marry someone that she doesn't know. Kestrel must try to save her, will she succeed? It has a lot of violence, but beauty as well. The new characters are good too, and even though Sisi is a pathetic creature, and Zohon has his heart set on her, they both change towards the end. The Slaves of the Mastery is one of the best books ever written, and if you haven't read it yet, get a move on, but don't forget to read The Wind Singer first!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant for young and old alike 23 April 2002
By A Customer
I would just like to say that my son (11 years old) found the first book, and loved it so much he made me read it. I was hooked from the minute I started it, and could not put it down. Now my dad has read it too, and loved it - so I can safely say that these books will appeal to and captivate all ages equally.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different in the best possible way 22 April 2003
The second part of Nicholson's trilogy shares the same excellent storytelling, and a tight plot, but there's almost a more political edge going on here. A story of enslavement - and yet more dystopias - this is a compelling picture of slave society and control. Less (but still a lot) happens, but there is more here to make you think. The characters are maturing, too, and the end of the book sets up a fine finish for the final installment...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtakingly Amazing 18 Nov 2004
I have to say that this book is stunning. I read the first book and thought it was okay, pretty good. But I had always thought that the first book lay on the border line of being one of thoooose books (If you read the first one you probably know what I mean) and I probably wouldn't have read the second book if I hadn't owned the trilogy. But I'm glad I did. This book was absolutley amazing. It is a million times better than the last one and I still thought the last one was good. It starts out as Aramanth being burned and taken into slavery of the Mastery, and Kester and Bowman are seperated. I think one thing that makes this book better than the first is that the characters are much more mature, being 15, and more mature ideas come alive such as killing, and love. And I also love how the characters change, but siprising realalistically. I thought that Mumpo was a stupid character in the last book but I loved him in this book, and I thought that the character of Sisi was amazing. The best part though is the huge ending. It is so prolonged and keeps going it makes gasp. There are so many scences that I just had to hold my breathe for, and so many scenes that I could definately see in a movie. And the end really set up for the next book, and there's one incident, whihc I won't mention, whihc I just thought was brilliant. So I highly suggest reading this book because you will be left with an increadable feeling, and entirely satisfied.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars good book
these collection of books are a pretty good read+not a bad author either, i was pleasantly surprised, i would recommend these to anyone :)
Published 18 months ago by games master
3.0 out of 5 stars Slaves of the mastery good or bad?
I think slaves of the mastery was ok but not brilliant as the story seemed to be very slow at the beginning and further on in the book. Read more
Published on 18 May 2009 by Callum
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
This is the best book in 'The Wind On Fire' trilogy! It continues the story of Kestrel and Bowman, the Hath twins. Read more
Published on 31 Oct 2008 by Book Worm
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sequel 10/10
I have read the first one and this was certainly as good, maybe better. It kept me reading on and wanting to find out what happened next. Read more
Published on 28 Jan 2008 by Doodles
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent second installment!
After reading 'The Wind Singer', I instantly grew to love the characters of Bowman and Kestrel and their adventure. I was very pleased to read the 2nd book 'Slaves of the Mastery'. Read more
Published on 8 Sep 2005 by Karen Michelle
1.0 out of 5 stars Worse than the first
After abolishing the testing Aramanth is weak to an attack. It comes from the Mastery and it's ruthless soldiers, enslaving the Manth people. Read more
Published on 15 Feb 2005 by "kpdsosb10"
5.0 out of 5 stars Knocked Dead by The Wind on Fire!
The Slaves of the Mastery is the sequel to the earthshaking, "The Wind Singer." The first one knocked holes in modern literature and the second one is even more stunning. Read more
Published on 24 April 2003 by "spudtom"
5.0 out of 5 stars The bes in this trilogy
I thoroughly enjoyed this book out of the three in the trilogy. I think that the ideas in it and the seperate roles that the different characters take on help to develop them and... Read more
Published on 5 Mar 2003 by "autumnsurf"
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant fantasy novel
Slaves of the Mastery is the second book in the adventure trilogy of Wind on Fire. The first book introduced 10 year old twins Kestrel and Bowman (who can read each others... Read more
Published on 16 Jan 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars An imaginative and a gripping read
Slaves of the Mastery was gripping from the very start and had some wonderful magical concepts in it, such as Bowman's communication with the cat. Read more
Published on 7 Oct 2002
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