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The Singing (The Five Books of Pellinor) Kindle Edition
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In this final book of Pellinor, Maerad of Pellinor and Cadvan of Lirigon embark on an arduous journey to find Maerad's brother, Hem, who is travelling with the Great Bard Saliman of Turbansk. They race against time as Sharma marches across Edil-Amarandh with his army of darkness, spreading destruction in its wake. Fate lies in the awakening of the treesong within the mysterious Elidhu, themselves a part of nature in Edil Amarandh (the world). If the singing does not prevail, the already dimmed light of this world may be crushed altogether.
Based on a collection of real poems, written by the main character Maerad herself and translated by the author, this story has a wonderful epic feel of depth and truth to it, even though powers sift through the tale that would be impossible in our world today. The books also contain notes in the back about the characters and translations, and this one contains a particularly interesting story about Cadvan as a child, which will shed light on some earlier parts of the story.
Having read these books just once, I will probably read them again in the future - they are the sort that, due to content and writing style, can be read over again. If you have not already read the first three books: The Gift, The Riddle and The Crow, then I would strongly recommend them as all are excellent. I would also advise reading them before you read this fourth one, The Singing.
Maered is so powerful in this book I didn't fear for her in the slightest. The amoral'elemental' potential towards evil at the root of her character (introduced in 'The Riddle') was really the aspect of her that would, considering her powers, make her interesting - again, I felt this aspect of her was just hinted at, and again, failed to generate tension or complexity in this novel. All the set pieces are anti-climaxes - neither the Landrost nor the Nameless One are seen, the battles with them are 'psychological'. The overall effect is woolly and unaffecting. Hem's story, perhaps surprisingly, (though 'The Crow' was excellent too!) has more tension and a sense of things being at stake - the scene where Hem fights for Saliman's life is the most powerful in the book. It's a terrible shame I feel because it was just the most brilliant series. My suspicion is that Alison Croggon wanted to provide a timely portrait of a world beset by war and environmental crisis, but the emphasis on flooded landscapes and wartorn communities alongside a slow paced, very 'psychological' novel produced, for me, a very muted, anticlimactic conclusion to this series.
I love this series and have reread it many a time... Croggon's career as a poet clearly comes through in this imaginative and impressive series. If I could compare it to anything I'd say that was a mixture of The Last Airbender and Lord of The Rings with a refreshing take on intensity and unexpected nature of feelings.
In the this last book, Maerad and Cadvan embark on the daunting and imperative task of finding her brother in order to complete The Singing; the prophetised act which will `unmake' the spell that binds the Nameless One to this world and will end his tyranny.
The story is kept interesting by switching between the perspectives of both Maerad and Hem, and as the story unfolds - outrunning the Black Army, Maerad's unexpected battle with the Landrost, Hem's struggle to save Saliman and the antipicated conclusion are great.
I commend Croggon on her ability to describe Maerad's psychological battles with the Landrost, and her fear of her growing and consuming power. Most definitively a break from the explosives and violence seen in some films nowadays!
Finally, I would say its a must read!! Could NOT put it down. The appendices with additional info on Cadvan's past and where the characters went from there was truly endearing.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the most satisfying and magical books I have ever read.
If it were possible I would have given it 6 stars.
Loved the book-love the author. Will read all her books.Published 13 months ago by Mrs. Ann I. Morrice
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