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The Wind on Fire Trilogy: "The Wind Singer", "Slaves of the Mastery", "Firesong" [Hardcover]

William Nicholson
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1 Aug 2002 Wind on Fire
This slipcase contains all three titles in The Wind on Fire Trilogy: Slaves of the Mastery, The Wind Singer and Firesong.

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd; First Thus edition (1 Aug 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405201967
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405201964
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15 x 10.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 856,500 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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Firesong is what publishers like to call an "event" book. Launched with huge razzmatazz, this weighty--at 350-plus pages--yet highly readable novel is a fitting conclusion to the story of the Manth people, and their long, dangerous and imaginative journey, Moses-like in scale, to a new and promised land. Highly-anticipated final books in big fantasy trilogies don't come much bigger than this and, reassuringly, William Nicholson's concluding instalment of his Wind on Fire sequence lives up to the immense expectation established by its excellent and award-winning predecessors The Wind Singer and Slaves of the Mastery.

The story picks up with the flight of the Hath family, and their crew of other willing Manth families and friends, away from the ruined Mastery. After the defeat of the Master, alone and displaced, they seek a new homeland but have no real destination and very little food. Ira Hath leads the way, prophesising their eventual success but also her own, sad demise. Bowman and Kestrel Hath, brother and sister, carry burdens of their own. Bowman, in particular, is anxious. He awaits a summons from the Sirene, and must make a great sacrifice for his people. The journey is long, and his preparation is tough--especially in the unforgiving hands of an unexpected teacher.

As with the previous two volumes, there are some wonderfully exciting moments of action, as well as vivid landscapes and colourful characters. Last time it was Mumpo in gladiatorial combat--this time it is the dramatic attempted rescue of the Manth women who fall into the grubby hands of a desert people.

So after all of this, the ending is definitely worth waiting for--and very emotional. There are some surprising twists and turns, and a truly satisfying conclusion. Yet, despite all three books being so immensely well-written and popular, it remains to be seen whether or not this author will continue to write novels for children as well as screenplays for Hollywood (his other job). Write to your MP if he doesn't, but make sure you read his next book if he does. (Ages 10 and over) --John McLay --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


‘The first two volumes of the trilogy marked the arrival of a striking new voice in children’s writing… the warmth of feeling and touches of comedy make the trilogy a triumph.’ Times

‘The novel has the powerful imaginative energy and emotional force that are a hallmark of Nicholson’ screenplays.’ Sunday Times

‘Nicholson has won a devoted audience with his seeker fiction. His books are bestsellers…they are marketed as children’s books but are fast developing a following among adults too. Nicholson offers the potent combination of a gripping narrative and a questing intelligence…’ Daily Telegraph

‘Nicholson’s achievement is worthy of acclaim and should mellow into a classic.’ Times

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning conclusion to a magnificent trilogy 28 Oct 2002
By Joshua J. Seymour VINE VOICE
The Wind on Fire trilogy is truly wonderful. In the Publishing Aftermath of the enormous success of the Harry Potter books, many less great books have been published, with Potter-esque storylines, and other assorted fantasy elements. Most of these books are terrible. The Wind on Fire trilogy stands out among these. It is obviously not trying to cash in on Potter's success, and it is original and far more epic than Potter. The first book works on many levels. It is a enthralling adventure, layered with myth and magic. It was also part satire, with much comedy and brilliant character detail. The second book far topped it, with inspired new characters such as the princess Sisi, and wonderful developments of already known characters. It also had astonishing locations, such as the Mastery compound and scenes of pure tension, such as the final attack and Bo's confrontation with the Master. I thought there was no way the first two books could be topped. And then I picked up Firesong.
It surpasses the first two books hugely. It manages to contain as much of the thrilling action of the first two, while acquiring an emotional edge, which culminates in a finale which would draw tears from the most hard-hearted of readers. It is beautiful and poetic, and the entire book is full of sly jokes, metaphors, and clever imagery, brilliantly evoked by Nicholson's warm, generous writing style. It is a masterful, magical, totally compelling conclusion to a trilogy which is distinctive, original, and will hopefully join the ranks of modern fantasy classics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect end to a perfect trilogy. 9 Jun 2002
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From the very first moment in 'The Wind Singer' I was enthralled. William Nicholson writes unlike any other author, creating characters you really love or hate.
But 'Firesong' has to be my favourite out of the three. I though the journey to the homeland was well written and was fraught with just the right amount of hidden dangers and unexpected joys. What Bo and Kestrel learn from Albard is magical and is magically told. The end of the book left me sobbing for Kestrel, Ira and all the characters I love. In 'Firesong' William Nicholson has created a world of wonder that cannot fail to enchant!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the greatest book ever! 30 May 2002
To say this book is exellent is an understatement. William Nicholson brings this story to life with imaginatism and detail. The adventure follows Kestrel and Bowman Hath, brother and sister and the long and weary journey of the manth people to their homeland. In the previous two books the story has come across great wonders. In this the third and final book, everything is brought together in a totally new light. As you think you can guess the ending, something totally unexpected will leap out at you. This is my favourite book and i'll always have a copy on my bookshelf! It's truely the best read of my life!
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5.0 out of 5 stars best book ever!!! 25 Oct 2002
'The Wind On Fire' trilogey is my all time favourite when it comes to fantasy books. It consists of 3 books, 'The Wind Singer', 'Slaves of the mastery', and 'Firesong'.
It follows the tale of two twins, Kestrel and Bowman, children of the prophet Ira Manth and they are gifted with special powers of the Singer people. It also follows the story of the rest of their family and the Manth people from the city of Aramanth, who always manage to stick together no matter what. I'm not going to give the plot away, you'll find it out for yourself.
They are extremely imaginative and easy to understand. The only bad thing about it is that once you start reading it, you can't put it down!!! And even after you've read them once you'll probabily end up reading it again and again.
Adults and children alike will find this book great fun to read and you'll probabily find yourself crying with sadness at some parts and with happiness and laughter at others. I give these books an all time high of 10/10 (and I only give these in exceptional circumstances!!!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The series is The Best!!! 5 Dec 2004
If you ever see The Wind On Fire Series, it is a "must have" Trilogy. It contains:
#1) The Wind Singer
#2) Slaves of the Mastery
#3) Firesong
#1) The Wind Singer:
It starts off with long ago, when the building of the mysterious 'Wind Singer' took place. Then it zooms foward in time, to the great walled city of Aramanth. Here the twins Kestrel and Bowman Hath live. Kestrel creates alot of havoc, when she shouts out swear words through the Wind singer, after running out of school. A very funny, but stupid boy, Mumpo, with an unknown family, falls in love with her, and follows her every where she goes. Maslo Inch, the high examiner of Aramanth, tries to teach her a lesson, where she escapes, and finding the emperor, Creoth the 6th, who gives her a map, and she then sets out on a quest, with Mumpo and Bowman, to bring back the Wind Singers voice. Only then can the city of Aramanth be freed from the evil Morah...
#2) Slaves of the Mastery:
5 years have passed, the city free from the evil Morah, but then the ruthless soilders of the Mastery strike. Kestrel escapes all of the killing, when she realises that her family and her people have been taken away, under slavery. She follows, and meets up with the people of Gang, where she meets the beautiful Sisi. She wants to continue searching for her beloved brother and family, but Gang is holding her back. But what she dosen't know, is that they are on their way to the Mastery. Meanwhile, Bowman learns the secrets of the singer people, who live a long way off on The Island of Sirene. Pinto, Bowman and Kestrel's younger sister has fallen in love with Mumpo, who is no longer stupid, but strong and handsome. He lears to dance the deadly Manaxa.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book review
This book is amazing but if you haven't read at least book two then you may struggle with this book because parts of it relate to the previous stories in the trilogy. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Hollz
5.0 out of 5 stars Fire song
What a great end to the trilogy of the month people, really think these books should be made into a DVD and I think would win many awards. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars a fantastic finnish
an unpredictable story comes to an end and two main characters suffer and are lost yet happiness and settlement is the feeling among the manth people. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Lucy Birch
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
Read these books as a teenager and was keen to re-read. Who would resist them at such a low price
Published 15 months ago by Ms. S. N. D. Colwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
The Wind on Fire trilogy has been a delight to read, with Firesong ending the story beautifully. I have fallen in love with each of the characters and am now sorry to leave them... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Sue williamson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great great great
Amazing. I love everything that this author writes. Fantastic read for adults as well as younger readers. Would definitely recommend this to lovers of fantasy!!
Published 17 months ago by Nicole
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
An amazing end for such a good trilogy. One of my favourite books! I love this book! A must have.
Published 17 months ago by Orlando Alford
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
this book is well written and you can quickly get lost in the story, wanting to know what happens next
Published on 8 April 2012 by Tanyawriter
2.0 out of 5 stars Derivative at best and sloppily-written
I read this with my 11-year old, shortly after reading 'The Hobbit'.

I found the story derivative (of 'the Hobbit', to be sure, but also of '1984', of Douglas Adams, of... Read more
Published on 24 July 2011 by mark0000
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
I enjoyed this book because it had lots of cliff hangers and it was very exciting.
I would recommend this book to older children.
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