Wind on Fire Trilogy, The: The Wind Singer - Book One

Wind on Fire Trilogy, The: The Wind Singer - Book One

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The first in a trilogy, Teh Wind Singer is a mesmerizing and remarkably imagined fantasy novel full of adventure, suspense humor, and warmth. Winner of the 2000 Nestle Smarties Book Proze. An ALA Notable Book.

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ISBN-13: 9780786814176
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 04/03/2002
Series: Wind on Fire Series , #1
Pages: 486
Product dimensions: 4.12(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.25(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

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Wind on Fire Trilogy, The: The Wind Singer - Book One 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
brokenangelkisses on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The opening chapters may make this seem to be simply a satire on the extreme value sometimes placed on a certain form of education, but it swiftly becomes something far broader and more imaginative.Kestrel and her twin brother Bowman are citizens of Aramanth, a mysterious walled city in which exams determine everything, from where people live, to how they dress, to their ambitions. Essentially, Kestrel rebels against the ethos of Aramanth and then refuses to accept the awful punishment that the Chief Examiner has planned for her. This leads her to accept that the only hope for herself, her family and her city is to retrieve the voice of the mysterious wind singer that dominates the centre of the city. Thus Kestrel, Bowman and the class dunce, Mumpo, set out on a dangerous quest to retrieve the voice and meet some unlikely allies along the way. This is where the fantastical elements begin to creep in but the way other characters live makes them seem plausible and warm characters. It is unclear whether or not this city state is set in the past of future, but it contains damning similarities with our own stratified culture, which are most clearly revealed when the Hath family are forced to move from Orange to Grey, from a whole house to a dank room. Class envy and ambition are rife; the citizens of Aramanth watch the Hath family's fall gleefully and without a trace of understanding or pity. It becomes clear that Kestrel's wrath at life in Aramanth has a foundation not simply in the way education is used, but in the way its people are treated and treat each other: there is a deep evil pervading a society which sees itself as fair and just. Some people have criticized these books for lacking the depth of Philip Pullman's tales, but I would argue this view fails to recognise the subtle comparisons that Nicholson invites.Another example of depth may be seen in the relationships between the characters. As the twins continue on this journey they begin to adjust their attitude to Mumpo, whom they are used to thinking of (when they deign to think of him at all) with a vague pity. Initially only tolerated because he refuses to leave, Mumpo soon demonstrates that academic achievements are not the only valuable accomplishments a person might possess. Gradually, the twins come to value him for his own skills and personality, a key lesson that Nicholson demonstrates without ever preaching about. That said, the book is massively enjoyable and almost unputdownable (the Wind battle does go on a bit), which may account for some people's reactions to it - it seems too enjoyable to contain real depth of meaning! Certainly, there are events and characters that are not yet explained, like the history of the Zars, and presumably will be later on in the trilogy, but the events themselves are chillingly and clearly told. One event leads seamlessly into another and the drama ebbs and flows perfectly until the dramatic climax of the novel.Overall, this is an imaginative read that will engage children and adults alike in a world where compassionate values are successfully enmeshed with danger and excitement.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow, I'm so glad to see all the other teens who enjoyed this book and it's two sequels as much as I did! I know people want to hear a few titles when they ask 'Do you know any good books I should read?' But since I've read these, my only reply is 'The Wind on Fire Trilogy, it's my favorite!' I've read the whole series 4 times now, which is an amazingly high number for me, considering I've never read any other book more than twice, and that's rare! Everytime I've read the Firesong book, in the end, I'm always crying, oops... i musn't tell the ending... well I'll just say it's a VERY well written book, very colorful, full of imagery, and emotional. Any book that connects enough to make you cry, or a book which has you predicting what will happen next, but is always turning and then you're so wrong, you HAVE to read the next chapter to correct yourself is a wonderful book indeed.I hope everyone might enjoy reading about the Hath family and their journey to the Home Land as much as I have!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read all three of the Wind on Fire books and I loved all of them (I decided to review this one because it's the first though) They are all wonderful stories about a pair of twins adventures to try to save their city not only from a horrible army but from itself. I am a young writer and hope to write many books that may compare to these awesome books. Anyways, Bowman and Kestrel are as alike as they are different and sometimes they surprise you by the things they do; they're sooo unpredictable, which makes this book great. You never know what to expect, and wonderful and innovative Mumpo, who is like a lapdog to kestrel, brings his own odd additude to the story. All these diverse charecters are what make this story so exciting and refreshing. Which to cut it short is why I LOVE THIS STORY!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was so good! It was unbelievable. He is one of the best authors I have ever read. It was so visual and full of detail.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed how the Hath family was different from everybody else in their crazy society, but some of the things (like the whole thing with the neverending Zars)were kinda stupid. Overall, its a good book if your willing to really stretch your imagination.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are into a fantasy but realistic book, this is the one for you. The Wind Singer is an exciting adventure that I greatly enjoyed. Only one part was boring to me, and some parts are confusing, but in the end, everything comes together.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once you pick up this book, you cannot put it down. I read it in a day and a half. It was just fun to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite books ! Is really good ! When I starte reading it I left all the other books i took from the library aside just to read this one ! Is a great story and I really recomend it ! I aslo ready Slaves of the Mastery. And i'm goin to read Firesong the final book. I love how William Nicholson writes and I hope he writes more books like this one, thanks so much !
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is an absolsute masterpiece! If you are starving for inventive fantasy and high-fetched adventure, this book was written just for you! Once you pick it put, putting it down is impossible! This is definitly a must-read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story with an ending that you thought could never happen.