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Great addition to the kid's fantasy genre
on 26 March 2008
I loved this book when I was younger. I read it in the space of two days at the age of 11. However, i agree with Bill of Norwich that this is a kids book and is unlikely to captivate older teenagers or adults.
The novel delivers for its target audience though- its main charcter is a child who rebels against the rigid society in a fantasy city. Definately a winning formula for a kids book. The Wind singer is not without depth as it satirises bureaucracy, the class structure and modern society's tendency to put academic qualifications above all else. These are unusual themes in the fantasy genre, let alone children's fantasy.
Other parts of the story annoyed me as I found them unneccessary. The underground mud people and the sail-powered moving cities who went to war without a single casualty just seemed to be there to add spectacle and fantasy to the book, rather than move the plot along. The unstoppable army which threatened the city of Aramanth was laughable and not scary- how could they be with a name like the Zars?