The Singer of All Songs

      Kate Constable
The Singer of All Songs

Book 1 of a captivating fantasy saga of adventure and magic, set in the extraordinary lands of Tremaris.

In the world of Tremaris, magic is fading away. From the ice Wall of Antaris to the hostile streets of Mithates, to the forests of Spiridrell and beyond, Tremaris is a land divided.

Calwyn knows nothing of the world beyond Antaris. She lives quietly tending the bees and learning the chantment of ice-call. But then comes Darrow with terrible stories of fear and hatred in the Outlands, where chanters are persecuted and magic is a dying art.

Defying the Head Priestess, Calwyn and Darrow embark on a journey through strange and wondrous places. But evil stalks them at every turn, and soon they are caught up in a dangerous adventure, pitted against the sorcerer Samis who seeks the ultimate power of the Singer of all Songs.

'Kate Constable writes with such grace and clarity that she stands out from the pack. The Singer of All Songs is one of the most enjoyable fantasies...

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    New Guinea Moon

      Kate Constable
New Guinea Moon

A captivating coming of age story for younger teens, set in New Guinea around the time of independence.

Julie has grown up not knowing her father, with just the occasional Christmas card and the knowledge that he flies planes for a charter company in New Guinea. When she comes to stay with him one long summer, she learns to appreciate not only her long-lost father and his love of flying, but also New Guinea itself and the people she meets. An awkward romance with a young expat contrasts with her growing attraction to the son of a local coffee plantation owner. And, left to her own devices much of the time, Julie learns to rely on herself and gain her own independence. A tragedy and then a mystery leave her reeling, but force her to evaluate what she really wants out of life.

'Engaging and hard to put down' - Hannah, 15

'Captivating...the unexpected twists kept me on my toes' - Georgia, 15

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    Taste of Lightning

      Kate Constable
Taste of Lightning

A thrilling adventure set within a storm of secrecy.

Tansy, Perrin, and Skir could hardly be more different - a laundry-maid, a swordsman and a young Priest-King whose countries are at war. But their frantic escape from Arvestel thrusts them together. Pursued by soldiers, haunted by the Witch-Woman's sinister magic, they ride for their lives through hostile lands.

To survive they must learn to trust each other, strip away the layers of deception that surround Skir, and challenge the tyranny of the Witch-Woman. But what will happen if all truths are revealed? And will the power of the Priest-King be enough to bring peace to the Threelands?

'Constable's flavour of fantasy is fresh and full of heart. Politics, romance, magic - what more could you ask for? A beautiful and complex book.'

Lili Wilkinson, Centre for Youth Literature

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    Always MacKenzie

      Kate Constable
Always MacKenzie

Can a nerd and a golden girl ever be best friends? Always Mackenzie is the bittersweet story of the intense friendship between two girls - the story of what happens when Jem Martinic meets Mackenzie Woodrow and they swear to be enemies forever.

I solemnly swear that I will never, ever be friends with Mackenzie Woodrow as long as we both shall live,' said Jem. 'Excellent,' said Mackenzie.

Jem is a nerd, smart and forthright. Mackenzie is a golden girl, excelling at schoolwork, sport and drama, and popular with everyone. One night, at the Year 10 camp, Jem and Mackenzie strike up an unlikely friendship and are soon spending all their time together. But when camp ends, can Mackenzie and Jem maintain their bond at school, with all its unspoken rules, fierce cliques and easy misunderstandings? A lively and poignant story about the intensity of true friendship.

'Intensely felt, funny, compassionate ... a truly remarkable novel.' - Isabella, 17

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    The Tenth Power

      Kate Constable
The Tenth Power

This is the third and final book of the Chanters of Tremaris series, a dramatic fantasy saga of adventure and magic, for readers 12+. A dark secret is tearing Tremaris apart. From the frozen Bay of Sardi to the endless winter of Antaris, sickness is spreading and even the seasons are slipping into chaos. Calwyn has lost her powers of chantment and flees back to Antaris. But instead of sanctuary she finds the community ravaged by a mysterious snow-sickness and torn apart by tyranny. When she learns that Darrow, too, has been infected, Calwyn begins a desperate race through the frozen forests. But will she find the answers in time to heal him? And will she have the courage to embrace the dark magic and save Tremaris? The Tenth Power brings the Chanters of Tremaris series to an enthralling conclusion. I'm such a huge gigantic big fan of the Tremaris series. I read The Singer of All Songs and The Waterless Sea about 10 times each.!' Jinny
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    The Waterless Sea

      Kate Constable
The Waterless Sea

Book 2 of the compelling Chanters of Tremaris fantasy series follows Calwyn and her friends to the desolate desert lands of Merithuros in search of a group of kidnapped children who have the gift of chantment.

Tremaris is a land divided. From the islands of Firthana, across the deserts of Merithuros to the sinister Black Palace of Hathara, the healing can only begin when the dark magic is unravelled.

Calwyn and her friends travel to the Merithuran Empire in search of kidnapped children. They must survive the vast and unforgiving desert and the treacherous Palace of Cobwebs, where they uncover the shameful secret that binds the Empire.

Meanwhile, Darrow has formed a dubious alliance with rebels and is marching on the Black Palace. Can he be trusted now that he has the power of the great Ring of Lyonssar? In a stunning climax, Calwyn's actions have greater consequences than she could ever have imagined.

'This fantastic book takes you through a journey of courage,...

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    Cicada Summer

      Kate Constable
Cicada Summer

Eloise doesn't speak, but can she see into the past? An exciting and atmospheric mystery, poignant and gripping. 'Makes you believe that anything is possible. My skin prickled, my pulse raced and I couldn't put the book down until I'd finished.' - Glenda Millard. Something flickered at the top of the stairs. Eloise heard a voice call,I'm coming!, and a girl in a pale dress and a big sunhat came running, her fingertips slipping down the curve of the slim iron railing. Eloise went cold all over. She couldn't move, or breathe; her mouth was dry. At the bottom of the steps, the girl in the pale dress faltered, then stopped. For a fraction of a second she stood motionless, as if she were listening. Then all at once she turned and stared straight at Eloise. And suddenly the foyer was empty. The ghostly girl was gone. When Eloise's get-rich-quick dad moves them back to his home town to turn the derelict family mansion into a convention centre, Eloise feels an immediate bond with the old house. She begins spending all her time there, ignoring her strange grandmother and avoiding the friendly boy next door. Then Eloise meets a 'ghost girl' who may or may not be from the house's past, and events take a strange - and ultimately dangerous - turn. Beautifully written, poignant and gripping, this is a charming and atmospheric story of personal growth, overcoming grief and the true nature of friendship and family.
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    Winter of Grace

      Kate Constable
Winter of Grace

Bridie and Stella are best friends, and nothing can break them up—but could Bridie's search for spirituality threaten their friendship? Bridie and Stella have been friends forever and agree on everything—war is bad, the environment is important, and Stella is always the center of attention. So when the girls rescue a handsome boy at a peace rally, they never imagine that it might spell trouble between them. The first shock is that Jay seems to be attracted to Bridie, not Stella. The second is that Jay is a committed Christian. As Bridie draws closer to Jay, a whole new realm of ideas opens up to her. She starts to question who she is and her place in the world. But what if her new world has no place for Stella?
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