- Paperback: 280 pages
- Publisher: Firebird; Reprint edition (6 July 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0142406503
- ISBN-13: 978-0142406502
- Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 1.8 x 17.7 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,237,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Singer Paperback – 6 Jul 2006
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At the abbey, Gwenore is renamed Mary Blondine and is looked after by a nun, Sister Mark. Gwenore is worried by the news of an "aunt" traveling to collect her from the abbey and the crows that seem to know her real name. Despite her anxiety, she gradually begins to learn how to read and write and play music. This skill opens up a whole new world for the girl, who finds herself never wanting to leave. However, Gwenore's journey is just beginning and she is forced to flee once again.
She is then taken by a kindly physician named Margarite to the healing community of Blessingwood in England. There, she is welcomed by her aunt Hildegard and the other women of Blessingwood. Gwenore meets two other refugees named Elaine and Simon; she discovers that she is not the only one with special abilities and is given the chance of having a safe life. She also meets King Harry, a brazen, magical cat, who updates Gwenore of her allies and the enemies she left behind in Wales as well as hints of her true self.
Two years go by, and Gwenore's life --- and her appearance --- has changed. She is now working as Margarite's apprentice and has developed her skills as a musician. Things seem to be going well, until a courageous friend named Tom arrives in Blessingwood with news of her mother and an evil physician rival accusing Margarite of witchcraft. Gwenore and her friends flee to Ireland, but Gwenore ends up on the Island of Lir, where she must protect its kingdom from the evil witch and finally discover who she really is.
SINGER is a great story based on the classic Irish folktale "Children of the Lir." It is a fast-paced, dramatic fantasy that readers will want to read to the very last page.
--- Reviewed by Sarah Sawtelle[...]
The tale is beautifully told up until the end and well worth the read. And being a harpist, I personally appreciate that she learned to play the harp (rather quickly) and have magical powers by singing with it. Although she seemed more worried about keeping her small dog, which seemed like more of a burden as she had to carry it everywhere, with her than a harp.
But the worst part is the ending. Singer's final confrontation with her all-powerful mother, besides being badly explained and hurriedly done, is so pathetic as to be almost laughable. Singer's supposed powers, her supposed sacrifice, do not even come into play, and her mother dies instead when her husband chases her and she falls out of a castle. A page later, the book is over, leaving the reader (me, at least) so unsatisfied I wondered if a chunk of the pages had been ripped out, or if I could get my money back from the library.
To me, there is nothing worse than when a writer writes an interesting and involving book and then is too cowardly or lazy to work out an ending, instead setting down something stupid and quick just to finish the book.
I don't recommend this book to anyone unless they don't plan to finish it. In that case, stop around page 130. It all goes down hill from there.