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Book Review: The Singing, Alison Croggon
The Singing is the final book in the highly acclaimed Pellinor series by Alison Croggon. Based on recent findings in Morocco of an ancient civilisation known as the Edil Amarandh’s and a book written by them called The Treesong, The Singing follows Maerad of Pellinor and her brother Hem of Turbansk as they attempt to find each other and solve the final riddle of the Treesong.
On opposite ends of the world, Maerad and Hem each hold one half of the Treesong. In order for the Nameless One to be destroyed forever, the Treesong needs to become whole again. Maerad faces an epic battle with the Landrost, the Elidhu [or Elemental] who held her beloved friend Cadvan of Lirigon captive before they met. Hem faces mortal sickness in which his strength as a healer is put to the test. Will brother and sister finally meet again or will all be lost in a final apocalyptical battle?
I loved this book. I loved this series. Normally sequels fail to impress, falling short of expectations. However, Alison has delivered far more than what I expected with The Singing. I have become extremely attached to the characters through this journey and am sad to see them go.
The development of the characters has been phenomenal. Maerad, starting out as a shy, out of place girl now finds herself as a bold young woman, fearful of her own powers. Hem, though still scrawny, is now a gifted healer. Even Cadvan and Saliman have developed enormously.
Alison has a habit of retelling events from the past books in the series, which is a tad annoying, though it helps refresh your memory. The language she has used has painted an incredibly vivid masterpiece. However, I would have liked to learn what happened of Enkir, just to tie things up at the end. The ending was a bit anticlimatical; in fact, it was pretty much the only thing I wasn’t happy with.
Nevertheless, The Singing and the whole Pellinor series: The Gift, The Riddle and the Crow, are all wonderful reads, not just for fantasy lovers but for everyone.