by Kate Constable
This book has been on my to-be-read list for such a long time. It feels good to finally transfer it to the finished list. Only about 1800 more to go! JK
When I finished An Incomplete Revenge my daughter reminded me of one of her favorite books that I had wanted to read. The Singer of All Songs is Constable's debut YA fantasy and it is the first in The Chanters of Tremaris Trilogy.
Calwyn is a novice ice priestess who has never been outside the walls of Antaris. Her job is to tend the bees and provide honey to the rest of the sisters. Once a year the sisters walk along the ice wall singing chantments to reinforce it. Calwyn finds an Outsider laying wounded by the wall. She tends to him and learns things about the world outside the wall and about a dangerous threat to all of Tremaris. And that's just the beginning . . .
A very enjoyable book with a good storyline and complex characters. Constable creates an interesting fantasy world populated by diverse groups. I particularly liked the tree people probably because I like the idea of living in trees luxuriously gowned in their summer greenery. (Must be the time of year!)