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Kestrel and Bowman Hath are twins, and we first meet them on the day their baby sister is about to take her first test. She fails, but the family is disgraced further when Kestrel is labelled as a "wild child" and is sent to Special Teaching--a place from which she may never escape--and her father is banished to the Residential Study Course. But Kestrel has met the Emperor, and he told her the history of the Wind Singer--the monument that overlooks the city but no longer has a voice.
What follows is an intense adventure following the children as they embark on a dangerous journey beneath the city and through the Underlake--a stinking lake of decomposing matter that is bigger than Aramath itself and is inhabited by the real, and sometimes extremely dangerous, underclasses--as they search for the Wind Singer's voice. The journey leads them to the very heart of the evil that has taken control of the city, and with their new friend, Mumpo, in tow, they endeavour to wade through the darkness in their extraordinary search for truth.
The Wind Singer is a truly imaginative, fantastical and distinctive adventure story that grips from the very beginning and absolutely refuses to let go, even at the very end of the book. Cinematic in his approach (the descriptions of the people and places are indeed so large and vivid that you can almost smell them as well as imagine them), William Nicholson taps into the nerve centre of the reader, introducing characters that invoke passion--and compassion--and putting them in situations that are at times so intense that it is almost possible to imagine you are there with them as they wade through the dangerous underbelly of their world in the hunt for light.
As challenging as it is entertaining, The Wind Singer is a book that will surely make its mark on the memory of the reader, and will appeal as much to adults who enjoy fantasy writing as it will to younger readers. Age 11 and over. --Susan Harrison --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I brought this book for children in my class and they absolutely loved it. It is very similar to the Hunger games - about another time, place or world where life is very different... Read morePublished 6 months ago by S. symes
An exciting parable that is relevant to our times. But what an awful cover. I know that is hardly what is important about a book, but why is it THIS ugly? Read morePublished 22 months ago by Mumintrollet
This isn't so much a review as a re-assurance to people thinking of buying the book who have read some of the other reviews and can't quite make their minds up. Read morePublished on 25 Sep 2010 by W. Davis
this is one of the best books i ever read, i started it an english lesson and just couldn't put it down.Published on 24 Nov 2003
In the story of Wind Singer, the twin siblings Kestrel and her brother Bowman, live in the strange, dystopian city of Amaranth. Read morePublished on 31 Oct 2003 by Iam Ahrevewer
Firstly: Only read this book if you like the idea of fantasy worlds and fantasy novels.
This book surrounds Kestrel and Bowman Hath (oh and Mumpo). Read more
I have looked through the reviews of this book briefly and they all seem to be saying the same thing, so perhaps it would be useful to see it from my perspective? Read morePublished on 16 July 2003
This book is very dreary and boring, it dragged on and all the characters semmed very shallow. for most of the book nothing seemed to really happen. Read morePublished on 10 May 2003 by "jenny8078"
This is a very gripping book and builds alot of tension it is a book you cannot put down. My whole family has read it and enjoyed it just as much as myself. Read morePublished on 3 May 2003 by Miss March