Discussion Post: The Singing (Books of Pellinor #4) by Alison Croggon

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Hardcover, 470 pages
Published February 24th 2009 by Candlewick Press
Source: Purchased

In an increasingly battle-ravaged land, Maerad, Cadvan, and Hem desperately search for one another as they make their separate journeys. The Black Army is advancing north, and even as Maerad faces a mighty confrontation with the Landrost to save Innail, all of the Seven Kingdoms are threatened with bitter and devastating defeat. Yet in Maerad and Hem lives the secret to the mysterious Singing, and legend holds that if they release the music of Elidhu together, they have the power to defeat the Nameless One. Can brother and sister find each other in time to fight this all-powerful enemy, and are they strong enough – even reunited – to defeat him before all is lost?

Week 1: Chapters 1-5
Week 2: Chapters 6-10
Week 3: Chapters 11-15
Week 4: Chapters 16-21

Please begin your comments with SPOILER if you have read ahead and wish to comment on whatever you have read.

Happy reading!

8 responses to “Discussion Post: The Singing (Books of Pellinor #4) by Alison Croggon

  1. It is so nice to have Maerad back again. I love her being a wolf, in the first chapter, where she scares the shepard, and we see things from his point of view.

    • Yesss! I read the first two chapters and it was like ahhhh. As much as I love Hem, I do prefer Maerad. Can you believe how much she has changed throughout the novels? Let’s see what the ending holds for us.

    • I’ve read this book but it was a long while ago so it feels like everything is new to me. I can’t wait to see how the series wraps up.

  2. This feels like it is going to be the best book in the series. I love how we go back and forth between the two siblings. And I still like Irc.

    • How far along are you? I gulped it down in a matter of days and yep, it was the best of the lost. I love how Alison merged the two narratives (Hem’s and Maerad’s) to create a seamless conclusion. I also loved how Maerad changes through this book. She had quite the journey, didn’t she?

      • I am just a bit past the merge in the narrative. And yes she did it well. I am going to try to finish tonight. Quite enjoying it.

        I like how the non magical person know that there is something wrong.

        • Spoilers. I read the appendix and was reading about the authors “research ” on the book and how the poetry that is known is in fragments, quoted from other sources and I thought like sappo

          And then what does she do? Quote the only sappo fragment I am familiar with. “Some say infantry, some say calverey “.

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