The Wind Singer
Written by William Nicholson
Part of the The Wind on Fire Trilogy Series
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The first book in the Wind On Fire Trilogy. A richly imagined fantasy trilogy set in a world with strong and rigid conditions which are about to be crushed! Once Kestrel has learnt the secret of the Wind Singer she and her twin brother Bowman set out on a long journey during which they discover the secrets of the Singer people and break the power of the Mastery. Finally, they must return to the homeland. But, can they return together and can Kestrel survive? Conceived on a grand scale this story is peopled by a convincing and admirable cast led by Kestrel herself. Other books in the trilogy include Slaves of The Mastery, and Firesong.
The Wind Singer by William Nicholson
The books are set in a realm similar to ours, but separate. They tell the story of the Hath family, and the Manth people who go on a long, and harsh journey from their city-prison, to their homeland. The main characters, Kestrel and Bowman Hath, are twins that have certain powers that allow them to save their people, and friends, from the Morah. The first book tells of the events unfolding near and inside Aramanth, the second one talks about the lives of the Manth people in The Mastery, and the third book concludes with their voyage to the homeland.
KEY CHARACTERS IN WIND FIRE TRILOGY
Maslo Inch: The Examiner in the first book.
Hanno Hath: Kestrel, Bowman and Pinpin's father. He works as a librarian, and although intelligent ‘Likes books, not exams’, meaning the Haths cannot achieve a very high family rating. A covertly rebellious man, he is placed in an education group, which is more like prison. He can see why his family would want to rebel against the system, and respects this, but is not openly rebellious himself until his incarceration. Ho loves his family dearly.
Mumpo: A dribbly, smelly boy who is at the bottom of Kestrel's class. As the books progress, however, he matures and becomes surprisingly endearing. Kestrel hates him in the first book and is angered that he joins her quest, but learns to like him. In the second book he trains to be a warrior for the mastery, and falls in love with Pinpin, whom he eventually marries.
Albard: A.K.A. the Master, a rebellious Singer. In Firesong he teaches Bowman how to use his powers.
'Full of inventiveness, action and passion.' Guardian
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