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In this final volume of the Books of Pellinor, Maerad and Hem traverse the battle-ravaged land of Edil-Amarandh in search of each other. Prophesy holds that they will release the mysterious Treesong, the ancient music of the Elementals and the only means of stopping the insatiable conquest of the Nameless One. The way is fraught bloodshed, betrayal, and for Maerad, horrifyIn this final volume of the Books of Pellinor, Maerad and Hem traverse the battle-ravaged land of Edil-Amarandh in search of each other. Prophesy holds that they will release the mysterious Treesong, the ancient music of the Elementals and the only means of stopping the insatiable conquest of the Nameless One. The way is fraught bloodshed, betrayal, and for Maerad, horrifying visions, but brother and sister share an unshakable resolve. As the forces of the Dark grow stronger, the question is, will they find each other in time?...

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Number of Pages : 454 Pages
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The Singing Reviews

  • Penwiper
    2019-03-20 05:53

    Just finished this whole series, and enjoyed it more than any book I've read in a good long while - one of those series where you wake up early to read it in bed before the alarm clock goes off. Good enough to make me post a review! I almost didn't read it, because the covers looked like every bland YA fantasy that has been churned out in the past years. Even the first few chapters had me unconvinced, because again, there was a lot there that was like the basis of pretty much every Mary-Sue child-of-destiny story out there. But then a feeling of familiarity began to creep over me, like the scent of apple pie bringing back a memory of your grandmother's kitchen, and I realized that I hadn't had this feeling when reading since I first read Tolkien as a young teen.This was high fantasy done right. It's been years since I've read a high fantasy that I enjoyed; most of them either go too silly Dungeons-and-Dragon-y, or try too hard to be gritty and real and end up with me loathing most of the characters. Croggon, however, understands the "high" part of high fantasy - the appeal to things finer and better than ourselves - which far too many of the Tolkien imitators fail to grasp.Oh yes... Tolkien imitators. The influence of Tolkien is extremely obvious here, especially in the first book. As I was first reading, the words "Tolkien ripoff" hovered, but that really isn't accurate. "Ripoff" implies a cheap imitation, and while there is a lot here that is in imitation of Tolkien, it isn't cheap. What Croggan pulls from Tolkien is a lot of what I like best - the description and character, the vivid settings, the homeliness of simple joys in the midst of grander struggles, the sense of good and evil, and especially the use of language - and for that reason I welcomed that influence rather than otherwise. The characters, too, were very welcome. Maered was a character who could very easily have become a Mary Sue, and it's a testament to Croggan's writing abilities that she was never even close to that. Characters went through realistic struggles, but at the same there was none of that angsty wallowing and moral ambiguity that has ruined too many fantasy series for me. Even when they wandered dark paths, the characters never lost sight of the good they were fighting for, and I really appreciated that. Maybe angst and ambiguity is more realistic, but there's a lot to be said for characters who give you something to aspire to.Overall, this series provided a breath of fresh air by taking high fantasy right back to its roots. Very enjoyable, and recommended to all who miss what fantasy used to be.

  • Vanessa
    2019-03-14 23:40

    My first thought is: aw, come on. That's it? But not really. I have to qualify. Allison has a very poetic, lyrical language, and is master of bringing her thoughts to life. Her language is powerful and exciting. The main plot was a satisfying conclusion to the story. HOWEVER....Spoiler Alert! Spoiler Alert! Spoiler Alert!I simply can't review this book without telling you about my disappointment of the way the sub-plot of Cadvan and Maerad's story ends. It's like she forgot to write the end of the chapter. I even flipped over the last page as I read it making sure that I hadn't missed something or that there had been some sort of misprint. Here I have to read through 1400 pages of painfully detailed landscape and travel description to find out if the two end up together, and then all I get is "there was no need for words, but they spoke much nonetheless"...and I never find out what they speak about. Seriously? Lame. She added a little to what happened to them in her appendix but it was also not satisfying. I wanted to know why Cadvan loved Maerad, and when he started to love her, and why he hadn't said anything before. And what exactly happened to the Nameless One? And why did the Bards still have their powers? All these questions remained unanswered. It was a bit disappointing, I admit.

  • Allison
    2019-03-14 23:59

    After a significant detour in The Crow, The Singing returns to Maerad, and the story then switches back and forth between Hem and Maerad as they search for each other. I enjoyed the return to Innail, the battle with the Landrost, and the warmer friendship between Maerad and Cadvan. Hem's portions were interesting as well - Saliman, the traveling show, the moving army of the Dark. There is plenty of magic and plenty of danger.I enjoyed it, but the first two are still my favorites. I can't quite put my finger on why. Mainly, I think my hopes and expectations were too high, but it may also have been the effect of switching back and forth between the two characters, where the previous books were always focused on one. One of the things hampering my 5-star level enjoyment was that the closer we got to the end, the more remote Maerad became to everyone around her. This is just when I felt like she should be getting closer to others and coming to greater understanding of herself, her magic, and the world around her - as she did in the Riddle, but now it should be in a broader sense than before. Instead, (view spoiler)[she is no longer capable of thought, so overwhelmed by magic that she can't even open her eyes. She struggles with herself and her visions a lot more than interacting with Cadvan. He just looks at her with concern a lot, and she isn't even aware he's there. The end of the book mostly just happens to her as magic takes control, and Cadvan sits by (hide spoiler)]. Then it's over and goes straight into the epilogue, which means a distancing from the characters and the story. The epilogue wraps up a lot, but not in the immediate way that the rest of the story is told, and I wasn't ready for that yet. I will admit that as I read this, I was getting impatient to find out if Maerad and Cadvan were going to have any romance or not. It was exactly what was needed to round the story out (in my fondest hopes). But Croggon stays focused on the quest all the way to the epilogue. Then she finally lets a teeny, tiny little bit of romance in, but it feels distant from the real story instead of part of it. I was disappointed that it didn't get a little more direct attention earlier in the book. The way that Croggon evokes emotion at the fall of a city or the loss of a friend, for example, could have been used more effectively to portray the depth of emotion in love as well. I wanted just a little bit more.So I suppose my main complaint, other than wishing for a little more romance throughout, is that the story was over too soon - which is not a bad complaint to have. I loved it that much that I wanted it to continue on past the conflict and into peace and happiness. I needed more time to extricate myself from this world without feeling totally lost afterwards. So the epilogue came too soon, and I had the feeling of being distanced from the characters as I watched them carry on into life without me. I am so sad that it's over! 1/6/2013:I raced to the finish, and now I think I'm going to go back and read more slowly. I don't think I can start something new just yet.

  • Elizabeth Morgan
    2019-03-19 04:52

    Spoilery? Yeah.For a series that started out with Maerad and her being The One, the sections of this book that focused on her brother were much more interesting, with much more warmth and movement: I don't mind a bit of road trip in my stories.Croggon still manages to hit all the fantasy tropes without being self-conscious about it: without too much effort Hem saves someone he loves from an incurable disease, Maerad suddenly works out how to defeat the Elemental that held her captive for a good chunk of The Riddle, and then they meet up and save the world. Pretty much as I expected it to go, but I still found myself skimming Maerad's parts in order to get back to Hem and Saliman.Although it's written as a 'look what historians dug up, we don't know the full story', I want to know what happened to the bad guys who were human? Did they puff off into smoke and ash like The Nameless One? Are the Elementals still there? How did the events of the book affect the other people Maerad met in the second book? Too many un-wrapped up threads.The worst part, and this is petty, is that there was no payoff on the Maerad/Cadvan story. All the cliches were in place, down to the third party telling Maerad that Cadvan is in love with her (DUH), while she (obviously) freaks out and decides that he's not so bad. And then the end, when she's done saving the world and nearly dies but of course doesn't, THERE IS NO KISS. Well, there's a kiss, told in flashback. There's no acknowledgement of a relationship - there is no conversation between them at all. It's hardly fair to come through four books of fantasy cliche and then the one that I don't really mind doesn't get played out at all.

  • Cutiepie
    2019-03-07 06:51

    I must say that this is definitely one of the better series that i have read! i loved all 4 books very dearly and anticipated a lot of different things. When i first saw these books I thought that they wouldn't be very good but I thought that i should give them a try anyway! you have no idea how happy i am that i read them!! i always hoped for the relationship of Maerad and Cadvan! You have no idea how excited I was to read the last part of the book where you read about their romance. I was smiling for a long time after i read that part of the book! This book is filled with many surprises and fun things that i never saw coming! I must give Alison Croggon a pat on the back for the work she did on making this book filled with so many details! I wish that there was one more talking about the romance between the two lovers and about their journey to places that Maerad had always wanted to go and what happened with Hem and also the supposed romance between Sailman and the new girl that had joined their journey along the way!! Overall this is one series that i can honestly say is one that i will someday read again!

  • Cindy
    2019-03-09 23:52

    This book ends the Pellinor series by Alison Croggon. I thought she did a good job at ending the series. She creates a world that is believable and has you questioning whether or not this world did exist here *before* our history started. The bad guys are really, really bad. But the hero and heroine (especially the heroine) are characters who question and doubt their abilities in a believable way. The outcome for a lot of it is predictable, if you've read tons of fantasy. (and I have) But the book still kept me on the edge of my seat while I was reading it.She's a very talented author and I hope to find more books from her in the near future. I will definitely recommend that my children read these books - as long as they are interested in fantasy.

  • Kiersten
    2019-02-28 03:45

    One of the first series in a long time where I can say I was honestly, profoundly sad to see it end. These books are absolutely stellar - the prose throughout them is consistently little short of exquisite, the scope of the story is epic and immersive, and the characters are certainly some of the most unique and realistic I've met. I was completely enthralled throughout the quartet, and The Singing is possibly the best of them all. I read it in three hours this afternoon, completely unable to put it down.Although I found the way the third book was narrated exclusively from Hem's viewpoint a little bit disappointing, I felt that the alternation between Maerad and Hem worked very well in this installment, and the tidbits from Cadvan and a few of the other characters added even more depth. The story was full of excitement and adventure, love and loss, discovery and rediscovery, emotion, and a host of smaller twists and details that enhanced the realism and helped draw the reader even deeper. The entire series has been completely enthralling. I was entranced by the way Maerad's entire journey was influenced by darkness - nothing works out perfectly: a lot of things go wrong, she makes many bad choices and does harm - sometimes irreparable - to people she cares about, but the story never grows too bleak. The lack of ease with which Maerad comes into her powers, unravels the Treesong, finds her brother, and defeats the Winterking and The Nameless One - and grows from a girl into a woman - weaves the reader's interest inseparably into the story. The times of despair and difficulty make the reader empathize, but hope is never lost. They pull through, in the end, and have enough pure luck along the way to hold the reader's keen interest. And the ever-changing dimensions of Maerad and Cadvan's relationship is one the hinges of my attraction to the books. I must say I really admire Cadvan's patience, but also the way he's imperfect - even when he grows so (rightfully!) angry at Maerad, he never lets it permanently stand in the way of their friendship. These are astonishingly well-developed fictional people. Both Hem and Maerad acquit themselves very believably, identifiably, and endearingly.The whole tale is epic, a masterpiece of prose (with some pretty decent poetry and interesting history thrown in!), and the Books of Pellinor are some of the best I've ever read. I'm so disappointed there aren't any more!

  • Katie
    2019-03-06 05:00

    Overall, I thought this was a mostly satisfactory conclusion to the series. There were only two things that really bothered me. Firstly, I felt that the final battle was a little anti-climatic. I mean, it took thousands of pages over four books to build up to it, and then....that was it? Secondly, the resolution of Maerad and Cadvan's relationship left a lot to be desired. I fell in love with them. I watched the evolution of their relationship and waited breathlessly for them to admit their love for each other. And then they don't even kiss? Or rather, they do but it's referred to in passing a number of pages later? Lame. I wanted a little more than just an "Oh yeah, and they got together. The end." But I still loved this book and I love this series and it has an honored place on my keeper shelf.

  • Jessica
    2019-02-19 23:38

    The last book of a very good series! However, I was somewhat disappointed. There was a lot of descriptions of food, and how wonderful baths are, and how cold and tired everyone was. A lot of the story was really repetitive like that. Then, SPOILER ALERT it just felt like when she finally faced down the bad guy, you really didn't have any interaction with him. And it wasn't that big of a deal to defeat him. And GEEZE, we spent all this time learning how special Maerad was for being part elemental, and then at the end she's not any more. And she and Cadvan realize their love for each other, but don't even get married? Wow, romantic, LOL. That being said, it was pretty good.

  • Chris
    2019-02-21 23:46

    As with the author, I finished (reading, in my case, writing, in hers) the Pellinor tetralogy with mixed feelings. Regret, first of all, because there was a sense of closure on the whole series: any hint of sequels was firmly dispelled by a note at the beginning of the appendices that outlined the subsequent history of Maerad, Hem and their friends, leaving little chance of another epic undertaking by the characters we had grown to know and love. But satisfaction, too, was there: that wrongs had been righted, balances restored and friendships deepened.At the beginning of The Singing we pick up again the story of Maerad which was abandoned during The Crow. Maerad finds herself back at the bardic town of Innail where she had first been made aware of a life different from her upbringing as a slave, and temporarily finds a respite from her wanderings of close on a year. But she has much still to accomplish--finding her brother and solving the riddle of the Treesong, for example--and so begins the chain of events that lead up to the final confrontation.I found much to enjoy in this final installment. Themes are re-visited but are never the same: there is a siege, but it is not the kind of siege that Hem experienced in Turbansk; we are re-acquainted with the elemental beings we have met before, the Landrost, the Winterking and Ardina, but the relationships between them and humankind have changed; and all the while the protagonists are growing in maturity, in powers, in insights, no longer the innocents abroad. And, with the pain of growing there come the sacrifices.For this reader this has been a wonderful journey to shadow over the course of the narrative's year, aided and abetted by the splendid cartography in each volume. I don't agree with critics who feel the conclusion pat: after all, one of the purposes of fantasy, as with fairytales and other traditional stories, is to tease and cajole but ultimately to reach a satisfying resolution. But Croggon has also managed to invest her main characters with the kind of sympathy that we look for in friends, and for that the Pellinor books are raised above the ordinary. As Maerad is reputed to have written, "... the fairest sight | on this dark earth | is the face of the one you love."

  • Abby
    2019-03-06 01:54

    The Singing is the last book in a beautiful series by Australian writer and poet Alison Croggon. I am notoriously stingy about buying books (a three-read rule, although different than Jasper Fforde's interpretation of that phrase!) but I bought the last three books in this series as soon as they came into the store, knowing that I would love them. I can't count the number of times I've read them since. I read JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings in college and was enchanted by the whole world he had created for his characters--as a musician, I even enjoyed the various digressions into song, a big turn-off for lots of readers, I know! I love Alison's series because she has given the same level of commitment to creating her world and characters (and even music and languages) while centering her story on that very rare creature, the teenage fantasy heroine. (Ah, the refreshing yet tasteful honesty of a heroine suffering through her period while on her quest to save the world!) When I describe these books, I do use the terms high or epic fantasy which, to me, honors the craftsmanship of Croggon's world. But I have to follow that description with a qualifier--these books are so easy to fall into--the characterizations are so rich, the adventure high, and the plotting well paced that readers, especially teens, must not be scared by the high or epic label (or the short, well-chosen verses that open each chapter for that matter!) I hope readers of Tamora Pierce (another great teen heroine creator) will embrace this slightly more literary series. It may also appeal to fans of Christopher Paolini's Inheritance Cycle--this is the sort of effortless fantasy storytelling I think he aspires to.

  • Mikaela
    2019-03-09 00:42

    In “The Singing,” Maerad’s adventures in Edil-Amarandh come to a climax and the saga that began with “The Naming” comes to an end. Maerad and Hem are wandering over the vast expanse of Annar and the Suderain in search of each other, in hopes of uniting and performing the Singing, the reunion of the two halves of the Treesong, before the armies of the Nameless One overwhelm the forces of the Light. Thrown into shadow by Sharma and betrayed by their leader, the Light turn to Maerad and Hem as their last hope in this battle against time and ultimately, the forces of evil.This book in no way contains a slow start, with the siege of Innail occurring almost immediately. The story then takes a downtempo turn, but exciting, albeit small, events frequently befall the two small parties, triggered by the induction of several Players into Hem’s group, and Maerad’s true powers as they are gradually revealed. Hulls make few appearances here, but enough happens with the Players and Maerad’s powers to keep interesting what would otherwise have been a fairly dull book, as both parties remain isolated for much of the story. The events of the first three books are frequently mentioned, so much so that I would in no case recommend this book to someone who had not read the rest of the series, but I would not hesitate to recommend the series to anyone who liked “The Lord of the Rings,” by J.R.R. Tolkein, or “The Belgariad,” by David Eddings. I immensely enjoyed this entire series. It was exciting, intriguing, and the final chapters finish off the story nicely after a dramatic and gripping climax.

  • Angela
    2019-03-13 04:52

    I really want to give this book 3.5 stars, but it just doesn't make it to 4. I appreciate the fact that the characterizations were stronger and more clear in this book than in the earlier volumes, but the plot was just... lacking. As an "epic journey" saga, Croggon let large portions of the book be carried merely by the characters traveling from one place to another (which was the case, to some extent, in her earlier books, I admit), and it just got a little boring.I thought the wrapping up of the Treesong was fascinating and well-done, though as the defeat of the Nameless One it was kind of anti-climatic. Overall, this book was more positive and optimistic than the others, and I think it is a good ending to the series. I especially loved the relationships that grew out of these final weeks of the saga.My major complaint, however, is the way in which Maerad "comes into" her Elemental powers: I won't pretend to know what the heck Croggon was trying to say, but I don't like how she said it. I think the greatest beauty of fantasy fiction is to highlight the real powers of the heart and mind, and teach us through allegory the value of truth, light, loyalty, and courage. Maerad's experience has nothing to teach me - nothing I want to learn, anyway. It was very discouraging.I'd still recommend it to those reading through the series or other big fantasy fans. Just don't expect to be inspired by it.

  • Trish
    2019-02-22 06:39

    This last book was shorter than all the other books, so I devoured it in one day. One of the things that I have loved about this series is that it's like an actor that stays in character from sequel to sequel. There are maps and forewords and appendices that talk of the books' translations from an ancient text. Even a pronunciation guide for the lost language. These careful touches are in all four books of the series and they add so much to the imagination of the world of Edil-Amarandh making it easy to believe that it existed in our world before we got here.Alison Croggon's powers of description continue to astound me when we finally see Maerad's struggles to unleash the power within her and her hopes that embracing it will not destroy all those she loves.This was an epic tale that I was glad to finally see the end of only because I waited so long to see the final stand of light against dark, but once it ended, I was sad that there was no more story. The appendices helped a lot to relieve the sadness by providing a piecemeal history of the characters and what became of them.I highly recommend this series to be read in winter. When you're tucked in a cozy, warm place inside and it's cold and miserable outside, this is the perfect adventure to set foot into.

  • abigail thomas king
    2019-02-27 02:45

    The final book in the Pellinor series was almost perfect. Overall I enjoyed the series immensely, but I found a few things distracting in this final volume:1) Switching back and forth between character's gave an interesting overall perspective of the plot, but I also felt like it startled me out of the flow of the story.2) Because volume one and two focused on Maerad, I felt a bit short-changed when we didn't get more of her development. Her character got rushed because of the inclusion of Hem's perspective.3) The end wrapped up very quickly. Of course, after nearly 1600 pages of traveling with a group of characters, you always want the "happy ending" part to last longer. I still found the climax of the story a bit abrupt, although I thought the character development played out to a logical end.These criticisms aside, I highly recommend the Pellinor series; it's one of the more fully imagined YA fantasy series I have read in recent years.

  • Katy
    2019-03-04 07:49

    I'm so sad this series is over!I recommend it to anyone, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

  • Cassy
    2019-03-16 05:53

    The Singing was the last book in the Pellinor series. It was a heartfelt exciting and mostly satisfying ending. However, despite my enjoyment, there were one or two major things that were dissatisfying things.The books starts with Hem and Mearad looking for each other. Most of the book is spent that way, one sibling looking desperately for the other because they know that they need to find each other. They're not sure why or how but the book keeps switching between Maerad and Hem, each going through trials while desperately trying to find the other.Hem and Saliman actually travel with actors but, upon reaching a deserted town, Saliman contracts the white sickness, a disease that kills almost every single person it infects. Even those who have survived are extremely scarred and blind. The players leave Hem with Saliman. Hem is determined to heal him, and heal him he does, miraculously. It is directly after this healing, he feels Maerad call to him and knows how to find her.Maerad is traveling with Cadvan. The last of her powers seem to be eluding her and she doesn't know how to find that last piece of herself. Cadvan is against it because it means exploring the darkest part of herself. However, Maerad knows that there is no other way. Inevitably, she does it, Cadvan at her side and opens up a flow of worlds that she can't quite handle but it's those powers that allow her to draw Hem to her.This part of the book was one of the biggest problems I had with the book. Things seemed very rushed from this point on. I liked how it happened, Hem and Maerad came together and the Tree Song started but it didn't work like it should. They discovered that they had to go to the city that The Nameless one had completely decimated, a city that no one knew where it was located. The thing that bothered me was suddenly all this information was coming to light when we had heard nothing about it for three and a half books. We had briefly heard about The Nameless one's destruction of the city when Maerad and Cadvan had traveled through it. It was the same place that they had found Hem but really, we haven't heard about any of it for three books now.I liked their trip there. Maerad's power has opened her vision to different worlds. She now sees the dead all around her, so much so that she is never quite sure which world she is in. She doesn't eat, doesn't sleep and being in both places at once nearly destroys her. It isn't until the reach the unknown city, where the Tree Song was born, that it all finally dissipates and she is able to return to the real world. The dead, all those killed by The Nameless One wanted her to feel their pain so that she would be that much stronger when she battled him.The second part that bothered me was her battle with the Nameless One. It wasn't a physical battle, but a mental one. She disconnects him from this world when the Tree Song is reunited, ending his life and therefore the life of all of his Hulls. It's very anticlimatic I feel. I was waiting for this great battle and I never really got it. It was also very rushed.Another thing that felt a little rushed was Saliman's romance. He meets Hezikiel, a player, and within a book they fall for each other. I think the love that he felt for Hem was more real and endearing than anything he felt for Heikiel.Cadvan and Maerad's romance finally came to fruition and I think it was well done. I liked that it wasn't the focus of the series, that you weren't really waiting for it to happen yet you knew that it would. I think it worked because it really let Cadvan and Maerad's relationship grow strong into something romantic. You knew Cadvan cared for her always but he never pushed it onto her, never really pined for her and never let it get in the way of what needed to be done. Overall, I enjoyed the story I just thought that it was a bit rushed for a final book. I expected more out of a final book and in fact, the battle at Innail was more exciting for me than the actually destruction of the Nameless One. We never really get to see anything about the Nameless One which is also kind of annoying because he doesn't really seem like a well formed villain.I recommend this book, and series, to anyone who enjoys a good fantasy read. It's been a long time since a fantasy series has really been able to draw me in and keep my attention for any length of time and this one did. It's definitely worth the time.

  • Mindy
    2019-02-21 02:44

    I felt like this book was better than the others because it didn't get as bogged down with the details of food and wilderness camping pains. In fact much of the book took place in one of the Schools. I thought the battle with the Landrost was ten times better than the final battle. Though I actually wasn't especially warm to Hem in The Crow The Third Book of Pellinor I actually liked his parts in this book. Sometimes more than Maerad. Mostly because Maerad was just the same thoughts and insecurities over and over and over again until the end battle. I also liked Hekibel, as I did in The Crow. I just didn't get Maerad and Cadvan getting together. I mean it was sort of there under the surface in the other books. But mostly, I didn't get that Cadvan was madly in love with Maerad. In The Riddle The Second Book of Pellinor Maerad says that he is like a father to her. In my opinion, no matter how close you get to someone, a person who at any point is a father figure is not also a lover. That's just creepy. Plus, because we don't even read Cadvan and Maerad coming together, we only read the afterthought of it, it makes it seem even further away as a possibility. Making the kissing and winking scenes in the Epilogue feel strange and out of character for both of them.Now, it is also probably true that because of all they had been through together, no one else could have matched the other. Cadvan had never wanted to be around another person but could have Maerad around him 24/7. Maerad, for all her wildness and then fame, could not likely have found someone who could understand her outside of Cadvan. So I kind of get that. But I think the author could have done more with making this story line apparent before it sucker punches the reader. And I don't mean to distract from her poetic writing and storyline, but there could have been a few more than some subtle hints of "tender gazes."All in all, I still had the same problems as I always do with Croggon's writing. It's beyond detailed, though beautifully so, and I found that I would occasionally skim or not realize what I had just read and have to re-read.One really good point about this book, and it almost got it an extra star, is that it moves at a much quicker pace than the others. Perhaps I was just interested in seeing how it ended, or perhaps something had changed a bit in Croggon's writing style. Either way, it was welcome.

  • Rah~ri
    2019-03-09 23:46

    Just read these? Lifted my "new book ban" :) Was going to wait till Next month but had hit a no sleep streak and went to the book store...? (Bad thing to do! So bad? love it though!) Nothing intrigued me about these books ... almost nothing? Never even heard of these books. Wasn't impressed by the covers (All books should be judged by there covers.). Didn't care about the story... sounded cutesy? young. But they were the thickest ones i could find! and there was a set of four!!! Was mainly looking for a book that would last more than a night. ... and i could limit my time,right?...only an hour or two a night??? and figured i could maybe make these last for a week a book? So i held the first of the series and some other thick book up to a lady that was walking by and blatantly asked "Which one?" She stopped looked at me and then picked this up (she still thought i might be crazy but the curiosity of a book addict got her!) She told me She liked the cover?!? LOL? Ok! This is the one! ... got the first three... Finished them to fast & read the third one in an extreme slow panic, Was trying not to finish it! Was surprised how attached i became to the characters ! Didn't want to finish it then get stuck in a snow storm unable to get to a book store for weeks and weeks?!? it would be sad? Wouldn't it? They were cutesy, lol? and young. and am not sure of the poetry??? Something was lost in translation ;) But also engaging. Adventure, songs, magic, war, and hidden Love... Found myself driving and thinking about the story and the directions their "lives" might take??? It's one of the few books that i can say i appreciate the ending. Books so often like to just end. Like they reach a cliff and drop the last chapter into unknown depths never to be finished. They leave you emotionally reaching for something... anything to fit the chocolate or ice cream... That's the cure for most literary voids right??? But this book(series) builds to this great crescendo and then slowly brings you back to earth, gently planting your feet on solid ground, then wrapping you in a gentle hug that leaves you smiling, basking in its warm glow :) ok. yeah? cutesy. Young. but i did like it. I have the first three books at this point if anyone wants them. The last one u can get at the library or something i think u will want to finish them! good sleepy time books. Goodnight! :) But now what will i read??? :(

  • Kerry
    2019-03-12 07:43

    A thrilling and wonderful conclusion to this series. Maerad and Hem must find their way back to one another. As always though this is no easy feat and they must face danger, darkness and fight to save themselves and those they love. As always the adventures keep you gripped throughout and draw you into the magical world created within the pages of these books. A fabulous series I highly recommended it.

  • Maggie
    2019-02-20 03:00

    Did I enjoy it? Yes, I thought this was the strongest book in the series. After lots of character and world building, we finally got to some actual plot.Would I read it again? Possibly. I really don't know.Who would I recommend it to? Fantasy fans, if you like Tamora Pierce, Mercedes Lackey, Tolkein, or other authors along those lines you'll probably like this, it's got a somewhat similar feel to it.Any other thoughts? This book picks up where The Crow left off, but we're with Maerad again. The chapters flip between Maerad and Hem until they finally reunite just over halfway through. I did think there was a pretty quick jump from the book's climax to the epilogue. I mean, I definitely didn't want another 100 pages describing them traveling back to Innail, but the action itself happened so quickly it took me a minute to figure out what had actually happened, and it was almost anti-climactic! For being told over and over again over the course of the four books that The Nameless One was the bad guy, I sure knew next to nothing about him by the time Maerad and Hem sang the Treesong and he was defeated. Additionally, I felt throughout the whole series that the relationships between all of the characters weren't very well explored/described. It felt obvious that Maerad and Cadvan would get together eventually, but their relationship never really feels like more than that of teacher and student. And Saliman's random love interest in this one felt like she came out of nowhere, and the plot could have continued without her just as well as with her. Really the most fully explored/explained relationships in the series were between Saliman and Hem, and Hem and Irk. I don't know why, but they were the most believable. Overall this series was mostly harmless, and a decent YA fantasy series that hits all of the usual tropes but in an engaging way.

  • Shannon
    2019-03-10 06:52

    The Singing is the fourth book of Pellinor, the story of Maerad and Hem. Overall, I thought this book was a strong finish to the quartet and I'm glad I picked it up to read. I think this series lost its focus a bit with The Crow, the book that featured Hem as the main character instead of Maerad. Yes, both are central to the Treesong, but the heart of the story is Maerad's - which is why I enjoyed this book. The focus was back to where I felt it belonged.While I didn't think this while reading the first three books, I was very struck in this book by how much fellowship I felt with Maerad. She faces some difficult experiences, hard truths and searing losses in this book. It raised some questions for me: How badly do I want to be ordinary? Do I want to give up the things that make me unique to have an easier life? Would I miss my gifts if I could give them up or would I be thankful to not bear them any longer? Clearly, my gifts are of a different order than Maerad's since I don't live in a fantasy novel. But the fact remains that Alison Croggon has created a character who is easy to relate to and faces circumstances that made me think about myself and my life. What more could you really want from a series?If you're in the mood for a fantasy series that is light on romance, keeps the violence briefly described and follows a brother and sister as they discover who they are, start with The Naming, but make your way through to finish it out with The Singing.

  • Adam Veeser-Johnston
    2019-03-18 04:32

    "The Singing"Maerad and Hem find each other and Maerad's lyre and Hem's tuning fork react to each one another and try to reform the Treesong but can't. After a long journey on both parties, the group finally finds the place they are looking for and remake the Treesong. Once the Song is remade the Elidhu, elemental's, disappear and the Nameless One is destroyed along with his armies. After all is said and done, normal life continues.The main characters are Maerad, Hem, Cadvan, Saliman, The Nameless One, and Irc. Maerad is one half of the prophecy and Hem the other half to destroy the Nameless one and the Dark. The Nameless One is a part of Maerad and is her enemy. Cadvan is a Bard that rescued Maerad and helped her throughout her travels. Saliman is a Bard who helped Hem through his adventures. Irc is Hems reason for his nickname, the White Crow, and is Hems companion. The setting is around medieval times where there are no advanced technologies. It's like the world of Lord of the Rings. The characters almost always avoid the cities for fear of being discovered.I recommend the book to anyone who reads high fantasy and adventure books and is familiar with the Lord of the Rings style writing. I liked the book and the series as much as any other book that I've read in the past, but i feel there can always be better.

  • Dianna
    2019-02-28 06:46

    I can't even remember the last time I read a whole series and gave five stars to every book. But these books are that good. Alison Croggon is a gifted writer, and her prose is beautiful without lacking clarity. The songs/poems are some of my favorite parts. The story is urgent and absorbing. I love the Bards and their cities, and the different landscapes described (except the barren evil places, of course).This is high fantasy: magical people fighting for the greater good. The books have many themes in common with Tolkien, Star Wars, and even Harry Potter. But I loved the story and the characters and the writing enough that I did not care. Is it even possible to write something entirely new to this world?Content: language is clean as far as I can remember; there is violence and darkness but much discussion about consequences of actions; the main character gets her period in the first book and attempted rape is mentioned; there is no sex and hardly any romance until the very end of the series. I would think ages 12-14 and up would be fine to read these books. I did not find these books offensive and I am pretty sensitive about "adult" content.2017: Re-read. Liked the series almost as much the second time around.

  • Emily
    2019-03-02 03:34

    The best of the series. Shifting the point of view between Maerad and Hem kept the suspense up, and I could never decide which one I wanted to read more of because interesting things were happening to both. The reunion between them was wonderful.I have to admit that going into the book I thought that there was going to be a big showdown between the siblings and Sharma, but as I was reading it I realized how it was going to work out. I do wish that there had been more of Sharma; he seemed almost like a non-entity. Maybe instead of waiting until one of the last chapters he could have started trying to convince Maerad to join him earlier, maybe even in one of the previous books. An excellent conclusion of the series. I kind of want Mrs. Croggon to write more in the series to show them rebuilding and moving on in their lives, but that's just because I love the characters. Alternating between both Hem and Maerad was the perfect choice for this book, and I honestly could not think of a more perfect conclusion.

  • Laura
    2019-03-20 02:00

    My gosh. When I started this series I was a little annoyed at how slowly things were going, as the world building took place. The first book was almost all world building, with no action until about the half way point. The second book was better. The third book was even better.But, this fourth and final book, made the whole series worth it. I loved how brother and sister worked together. I loved Irc. (view spoiler)[I loved how Irc didn't die, how none of the main characters died.(hide spoiler)]. I loved how there were two story lines that were moving together.Great book. Great story of the light fighting against the dark. When I was group reading this with Nafiza, over at BookWars, we started to compare it to Lord of the Rings, but only a bit, in that good and evil clash.Yes, there is a little romance, but it is not a main part of the story.Thank you Nafiza for suggesting it.

  • Beckie Treble
    2019-03-17 07:00

    Wow. I have no idea what I'll read now because it was so awesome. I had the same problem after reading my way through Maria V.Snyders books. Amazing, I loved the moment when Hem and Maerad finally caught up with each other. So special. All the way through this series I could see the film as I was going along, and that doesn't happen very often. I wish Alison would write another book to go along with this. I don't want it to end quite yet.The ending didn't feel like an ending, even though it has to end some how. But I felt it was a bit flat, maybe it was just me; I don't know. Good for Maerad for wanting to learn to write and read. I don't know what I'd do without reading, but I'm sure she'll be off for another adventure again sometime in her lifetime.Glad to see that two of my favourite characters get together :) I won't say who though. :)Please bring a book 5 Alison!!! Or even another series sent in this amazing world!!!

  • Elizabeth
    2019-02-25 01:37

    It. Was. Fantastic. It was epic, it was heartbreaking, it was funny, and it just - just - was PERFECT. I could NOT put it down. The narrative flips between Hem and Maerad as they journey closer to each other, and the Croggon gives more of what we love. The villain, Sharma, never really appeared in the flesh, but we meet him nonetheless - its hard to explain to one who hasn't read the books. He was perfect at being simply evil. Characters who I wished would get together did, and, like harry potter, the author manages to tie up all loose ends and includes all the clues and hints left in earlier books. It was marvelous.

  • Christopher
    2019-03-15 00:01

    What a wonderful series. The whole journey was enjoyable. The characters were enjoyable as was the world and the storytelling. Quite well written, and I think may be a favourite. A good conclusion to this series, although a couple of weaker parts in the ending. Having said that, it is easy to overlook that as the whole ending is just enjoyable to read, as is the book and series. Well done Alison Croggon. I look forward to The Bone Queen.

  • AkankshaSingh
    2019-02-20 23:54

    The last book in the Sellinor series and i read it with increasing regret coz it marks the end of a wonderful series. Totally awesome! One of the best fantasy books i've ever read. It was a bit disappointing to learn though, that the Annaren society and Edil-Amarandh, do not exist!!! But kudos to the author for such a brainwave, without internet research, you'd think it's written in a historical context. Definitely worth re reading:)