18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original, Rich and Enjoyable
Kestrel Hath and her Brother, Bowman, are twins in the city of Aramanth in a wonderfully imagined world full of magic and surprises. But their world is not the perfect place it once was, for the Wind Singer that overlooks their city has been broken for many years, and in the mean time the city has been overtaken by a rigidly enforced regime that ensures everyone is put to...
Published on 18 Aug 2009 by Sir Furboy
3.0 out of 5 stars S'alright
Was recommended to me by a friend, was enjoyable for what it is. I'm in two minds whether to go for the sequel
Published 10 months ago by mr c jones
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original, Rich and Enjoyable,
This review is from: The Wind Singer (The Wind on Fire Trilogy) (Paperback)Kestrel Hath and her Brother, Bowman, are twins in the city of Aramanth in a wonderfully imagined world full of magic and surprises. But their world is not the perfect place it once was, for the Wind Singer that overlooks their city has been broken for many years, and in the mean time the city has been overtaken by a rigidly enforced regime that ensures everyone is put to work in the place best suited to their skills and effort.
From the age of 2, children are educated and examined repeatedly, and their scores are added to the scores of their parents who also undertake regular examinations. The scores then calculate their priveleges, where they may live and what colour clothing they may wear.
But the Hath family think differently to other people, and they see that the system - rather than achieving a wonderful egalitarian society - actually binds them and imprisons them. And when Kestrel one day snaps in a school lesson, she awakes a chain of events that bring down the wrath of the chief examiner and set in motion something much larger and more dangerous than anyone would have believed possible.
I first looked at this book when it was newly published. I picked it up to buy it, but it was on one of those "3 for 2" displays where you can get 3 books for the price of two. As I could not find 3 books I wanted I resented paying full price for it and put it back! (Waterstones take note - you would sell me more books just by discounting them a little instead!)
It is a pity it took me so long to actually buy this book, because it is excellent. I was expecting a good fantasy story, but the story I read exceeded my expectations on two counts:
1) The characterisations were very well done, and often very amusing. The conversation Bowman had with an official as Kestrel climbed the Wind Singer had me laughing out loud. I instantly fell in love with the Hath family. Not that they were a perfect family, and you see their warts and all - particularly as they discover friendship in an unlikely place. The character of Mumpo is also wonderful.
2) The world that Aramanth sits in is a richly imagined but very fresh and non stereotyped world. I get very fed up with fantasy books that set themselves in a kind of medieval world, just because that is how Tolkien did it. But this is not one of those books. The world described here shows the ability of the author to imagine something bold and new and very engaging.
The book is written with young adults as an intended audience, but adult readers should enjoy this too - and younger children may well love it too. As a rough guide, I would probably not give it to anyone much younger than 10, or older than 95 (although the latter only because the print might then be a little too small!)
All in all this was a richly imagined book with good characters, some good humour and plenty of action as well as things to make the reader pause and consider afterwards - particularly on the nature of freedom.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow,
This review is from: The Wind Singer (The Wind on Fire Trilogy) (Paperback)I just wandered into a sort of storeroom in my house the other day, I had completely forgotten about this book, suddenly I saw the series sitting there and the cover just crippled me with nostalgia. I remember reading this some time after Dido's first album (my mum used to play it in the car as I was reading it) so I must have been nine or ten years old. To be honest I can only remember the odd moment, I seem to remember some scene on a cliff or something similar, almost as though the book has woven itself into my actual childhood memories. However what I do remember is the effect this book had on me and it was profound. Perhaps it was simply because I was younger but I think it was probably a little more than that. The themes - oppression, heroism of the young etc. in some way must have defined the art I still enjoy today. I gave up reading for a while during early adolescence and it wasn't until I picked up 1984 that I started reading again; I can't help but feel this was some sort of regression or at least homage to this series. You know I was part of the Harry Potter generation but its not those books I dream of with fond memories (and still a little 'I wish I lived in this book') it is The Mortal Engines Quartet, His Dark Materials and this Wind on Fire Trilogy. It is this set which brings back the most powerful memories for every single book. I would strongly recommend this to any preadolescent child, if I can be proud of who I am then I owe something to this series.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The wind singer,
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing,
This review is from: The Wind Singer (The Wind on Fire Trilogy) (Paperback)I read this when i was about 12 and absolutely loved it! nicholson perfectly encapsulates the struggle of Kestrel trying to survive in an exam obsessed society. The story depicts Kestrel and her brother Bowban escaping Aramath to discover the secret of the windsinger. With exciting adventures and a wonderful sory-line its hard to go wrong in this book. The climax leads to the discovery of the army of Morah, who instead of your classic evil, ugly villians are a remarkambly good-looking and friendly enemy. This adds to the shock and terror when you realise the size and capacity of such an army.
a wonderful children's book that should be read by any adventure seeking child or adult.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very exciting page-turner,
This review is from: The Wind Singer (The Wind on Fire Trilogy) (Paperback)A very exciting and suspenseful adventure story which I think would suit 9-13 year olds.
Twins Kestrel and Bowman set off on a dangerous quest to find the silver clasp that would allow the wind singer in the city of Aramanth to sound again and restore peace and harmony to a miserable place ruled by exams and grades for every family.
William Nicholson - who penned the scripts for Shadowlands [DVD] and Gladiator [DVD]- has an immense imagination and the book is peopled with weird and wonderful creatures, like the sinister Zars, beautiful young people with only one aim - to kill. The characters are all memorable and though there are many, their names - Pinpin, Mumpo, Maslo Inch - are so distinctive I never muddled them up.
If only the book were illustrated - or perhaps the author would like to see this wonderful page-turner as a film?
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book for able readers!,
This review is from: The Wind Singer (The Wind on Fire Trilogy) (Paperback)I read this as I wanted to use it in class as a group read for my level 5 pupils. This was a very gripping, adventurous story, very well written - a little like the hunger games but it was written before it! Strong girl, as the main character, goes on a quest to find the WInd SInger. She lives in a society that classes you according to how well your family do in tests. She hates this and rebels against it. The WInd SInger is the solutions to her problems. The journey she takes and the characters she meets are so well described I can visualise them in my head - especially the mud people! Please buy this for your child as it is this type of book that will help nurture the readers of our future.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab best book iv read so far,
a touching story of loyalty and family trust.
5.0 out of 5 stars recommended,
This review is from: The Wind Singer (The Wind on Fire Trilogy) (Paperback)read these books as a teenager and was keen to own them myself. Who could resist at such a price?
5.0 out of 5 stars replacing lost book,
This review is from: The Wind Singer (The Wind on Fire Trilogy) (Paperback)bought this as i did have full set unfortunately lent this one out and did not get it returned, really good read
3.0 out of 5 stars S'alright,
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