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The Singing: The Fourth Book of Pellinor (The Books of Pellinor) [Paperback]

Alison Croggon
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1 Sep 2008 The Books of Pellinor
The Singing follows the separate journeys of Maerad and Cadvan, and their brother Hem, as they desperately seek each other in an increasingly battle-torn land. The Black Army is moving north and Maerad has a mighty confrontation with the Landrost to save Innail. All the Seven Kingdoms are being threatened with defeat. Yet Maerad and Hem hold the key to the mysterious Singing and only in releasing the music of the Elidhu together may the Nameless One be defeated. Can brother and sister find each other in time to fight the Nameless One, and are they strong enough to defeat him?

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Walker; 1st Edition edition (1 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406308021
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406308020
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 256,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alison Croggon is an award-winning poet. She has also written extensively for the theatre. Alison lives in Melbourne with her family.

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"This is a tale with passionate, inspiring characters, an enchanting protagonist and vividly described landscapes... a great series of fantasy novels that will delight fans of Garth Nix and G. P. Taylor." (The Bookseller)" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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The stunning conclusion to the epic Pellinor series – four books telling an extraordinary tale of another world.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Stunning! 14 Sep 2008
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A fantastic end to a truly spellbinding quartet. Alison Croggon creats a rich, vivid world and characters with real depth; the books are brought to life. Formerly a poet, Croggon really can write compellingly, and the material in itself is a joy to read. Origional, exciting, and three other books in the quartet to enjoy before this one...

In this final book of Pellinor, Maerad of Pellinor and Cadvan of Lirigon embark on an arduous journey to find Maerad's brother, Hem, who is travelling with the Great Bard Saliman of Turbansk. They race against time as Sharma marches across Edil-Amarandh with his army of darkness, spreading destruction in its wake. Fate lies in the awakening of the treesong within the mysterious Elidhu, themselves a part of nature in Edil Amarandh (the world). If the singing does not prevail, the already dimmed light of this world may be crushed altogether.

Based on a collection of real poems, written by the main character Maerad herself and translated by the author, this story has a wonderful epic feel of depth and truth to it, even though powers sift through the tale that would be impossible in our world today. The books also contain notes in the back about the characters and translations, and this one contains a particularly interesting story about Cadvan as a child, which will shed light on some earlier parts of the story.

Having read these books just once, I will probably read them again in the future - they are the sort that, due to content and writing style, can be read over again. If you have not already read the first three books: The Gift, The Riddle and The Crow, then I would strongly recommend them as all are excellent. I would also advise reading them before you read this fourth one, The Singing.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying and skillful conclusion 8 Sep 2008
Croggon doesn't disapoint in the stunning conclusion to the Pellinor series. Fantastic. Loyal fans like me will gobble up the pages even as we feel sad the series is coming to an end. These books are literary treasures and I know I will read and re-read them for years to come.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great series but... 11 Sep 2008
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I too was eagerly awaiting this conclusion to the series and as soon as it arrived I settled down to read it from cover to cover. I know I'll read it again, as I will the entire series, but I must say I was a little disappointed this time. Don't want to spoil it for new readers but some of the issues from earlier books weren't really addressed. I think the book should have been longer!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Singing 3 Feb 2009
I have the other three books and this book is just as compelling as othe others. I could not put it down. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brightly Woven Tale 13 Dec 2008
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Alison Croggan suceeds with yet another brightly woven follow on in The Pellinor series, another book to keep & treasure, My heart felt thanks to Alison Croggan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I wished it went on! 1 Oct 2008
I have been waiting for this book for over a year since I read the first book, and was kept in suspense when it was meant to be a trilogy to begin with!
The Singing continued the story of Maread, Cadvan, Hem, Saliman and Irc. I do agree with one reviewer and that it was an anticlimax and the final showdown was a disappointment. I was also diasppointed with Croggan for not really developing the relationship between Maread and Cadvan, and so when the ending did come, it felt like I had skipped a few chapters and missed it all! I am looking forward to reading her next books, whatever that may be.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing.. 9 Sep 2008
I was eagerly waiting fot this book after readinig the previous three titles in this series. Immidiately after you start reading you become so deeply involved that you want to finish it as quickly as possible.

Definetly one of the best books I have read. Absolultely loved this series.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The three earlier books in this series are amongst the best fantasy novels I've ever read. Unfortunately, 'The Singing' is not, in my opinion, nearly so good. 'The Riddle', for instance, is a thrilling book from start to finish. It's shocking and visceral - the sort of book that has you anxious for the safety of its characters throughout. The problem, for me, with 'The Singing' is that it has nothing close to that excitement. In fact, it has very little tension, very few if any surprises, and most importantly didn't demand an engagement with its characters from this reader in the way 'The Riddle' demanded you sat up straight and paid attention.
Maered is so powerful in this book I didn't fear for her in the slightest. The amoral'elemental' potential towards evil at the root of her character (introduced in 'The Riddle') was really the aspect of her that would, considering her powers, make her interesting - again, I felt this aspect of her was just hinted at, and again, failed to generate tension or complexity in this novel. All the set pieces are anti-climaxes - neither the Landrost nor the Nameless One are seen, the battles with them are 'psychological'. The overall effect is woolly and unaffecting. Hem's story, perhaps surprisingly, (though 'The Crow' was excellent too!) has more tension and a sense of things being at stake - the scene where Hem fights for Saliman's life is the most powerful in the book. It's a terrible shame I feel because it was just the most brilliant series. My suspicion is that Alison Croggon wanted to provide a timely portrait of a world beset by war and environmental crisis, but the emphasis on flooded landscapes and wartorn communities alongside a slow paced, very 'psychological' novel produced, for me, a very muted, anticlimactic conclusion to this series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Still the same!
Pointless writing a review for this as I am a fan. Anything I write would be coloured by the fact that I rate all four of the books the same and review them the same too!
Published 2 months ago by alanathens
5.0 out of 5 stars Alison Croggon, the best....
Loved this story from beginning to the wonderful end and have currently passed all four books on to my Daughter-in-Law as I think she, and my Son, will really enjoy them and I... Read more
Published 2 months ago by TheDragonNan
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed and loved reading the books. excellent story line.
Loved and enjoyed reading the books. Glad the characters found each other and fell in love with each other to. Recommended them to other friends. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
Beautifully written. Her lovely prose style is inspirational!
SPOILER ALERT: Don't read any further in this review if you don't want spoilers! Read more
Published 7 months ago by TheMidnightClear
4.0 out of 5 stars Good conclusion to a 4-book series
This book winds up the saga of Maerad and Hem and their struggle to release the Treesong. It is, as always with Alison Croggan, well planned and well written; a few epic moments... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Glad it's all over...
This is the last book in the Pellinor series.

There was a quest... then there was another quest... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Theovatis
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant ending to a brilliant series
For me, this novel was the one that would make or break the series. If the ending had gone wrong it would have ruined the entire series for me and I would have been devastated, but... Read more
Published 13 months ago by liz97
5.0 out of 5 stars great
For a second hand book this was in very good condition and I would barely have guessed I was not the first to have my hands on it.
Published 14 months ago by Heather Spence
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story but mediocre ending
I felt the ending let the book down.... but apart from that an amazing read what you'd expect from this series
Published 14 months ago by Zack
1.0 out of 5 stars Tolkien and Earthsea rip-off
This trilogy is painfully derivative. The plotting and many of the characters are not just similar to Tolkien or Ursula Le Guin's Wizard of Earthsea series they are completely... Read more
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