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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Canada / Children's; Abridged edition edition (Dec 1 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007179391
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007179398
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 12.4 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,087,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Firesong is what publishers like to call an "event" book. Launched with huge razzmatazz, this weighty--at 350-plus pages--yet highly readable novel is a fitting conclusion to the story of the Manth people, and their long, dangerous and imaginative journey, Moses-like in scale, to a new and promised land. Highly-anticipated final books in big fantasy trilogies don't come much bigger than this and, reassuringly, William Nicholson's concluding instalment of his Wind on Fire sequence lives up to the immense expectation established by its excellent and award-winning predecessors The Wind Singer and Slaves of the Mastery.

The story picks up with the flight of the Hath family, and their crew of other willing Manth families and friends, away from the ruined Mastery. After the defeat of the Master, alone and displaced, they seek a new homeland but have no real destination and very little food. Ira Hath leads the way, prophesising their eventual success but also her own, sad demise. Bowman and Kestrel Hath, brother and sister, carry burdens of their own. Bowman, in particular, is anxious. He awaits a summons from the Sirene, and must make a great sacrifice for his people. The journey is long, and his preparation is tough--especially in the unforgiving hands of an unexpected teacher.

As with the previous two volumes, there are some wonderfully exciting moments of action, as well as vivid landscapes and colourful characters. Last time it was Mumpo in gladiatorial combat--this time it is the dramatic attempted rescue of the Manth women who fall into the grubby hands of a desert people.

So after all of this, the ending is definitely worth waiting for--and very emotional. There are some surprising twists and turns, and a truly satisfying conclusion. Yet, despite all three books being so immensely well-written and popular, it remains to be seen whether or not this author will continue to write novels for children as well as screenplays for Hollywood (his other job). Write to your MP if he doesn't, but make sure you read his next book if he does. (Ages 10 and over) --John McLay --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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With Firesong, author William Nicholson brings the Wind on Fire trilogy, begun with The Wind Singer, to a close. Led by their prophetess mother, twins Bowman and Kestrel travel with the Manth people to their promised land, struggling along the way Bowman with desire, and Kestrel with the troubling realization that she cannot foresee life beyond this journey. Ages 10-14.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Format: Hardcover
Nowadays many books for children, like Harry Potter or the Golden Compass books, focus on societies or people that are wholly good or bad, and act accordingly. What captured me about this trilogy was the concept that oppressive societies, slavery, and other cruelties can be the calalyst for goodness, artistic beauty, and personal growth and understanding. Although this is closer to reality, it is refreshingly painted in an unambiguous, stark style that is compelling without being overpowering. The children are clever and confront challenges with creative, bold action. A wonderful story with great inspiration hidden under the edges. Recommended for kids in 6th grade or so.
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By Gabriela on March 9 2003
Format: Paperback
I Love this book!! Is the best!!! William Nicholson has done a great job with the trilogy 'The Wind on Fire' I highly recomed this book to persons that likes fanstasy. If you want to read this book make sure you read the 1st book (Wind Singer) first and then the 2nd one (Slaves of the Mastery) and after this one. If you dont you might be confused. Trust me.
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This trilogy had my heart in tow the whole way. I found parts of the conclusion eerie and intangible, but still overall - beautiful. Outrageously entertaining characters. Great hope and humor throughout, which is what always keeps me reading through epic trials such as the people of Manth endured. Definitely a keeper for my book collection.
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By Megan K on Sept. 26 2013
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A great end to a great series! This book ties off the story very well. I place this series pretty close to the level of Harry Potter in terms of how good I think it is. It's an awesome book series, and I highly recommend it!
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Format: Hardcover
I've read a lot and even though I don't have much time to describe this book, I must say it is the best trilogy ever, even beating The Lord Of The rings. Best money ever spent!
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