Incredible original story in three parts. Could not put them down.Bianca Pretorius
One of my favourites as a young reader.Prashant K.
It was a thrilling adventure book with constant suspense.....Iman Adeosun
Read this back in high school so I can't really give it the raving review it deserves. But it's been 8 years or so and I still remember this as one of the best books I've ever read.Rana
The first book is fairly shit, but if you stick with it and read the whole trilogy, it becomes interesting. It's a good concept overall.ZIMF The all 3 fruit. Epic.
Review:William Nicholson is a master at fine the art of writing fantasy. He tells his compelling and very belivable story with simple language, but deeply true ideas. Although the book takes place in an imagined setting, with ficticious characters and times, the story of Manth is very real to us all, with true-to-earth people and enchantingly true personalities. However, the idea of "all will be well in the end" is rather overdone, and the importance of the Singer people is rather overly stressed. With twists, flying cats, and true love, Nicholson has outdone himself.My personal thoughts:I hated it. I hated every single letter of this series. Oh, sure, there are these wonderful, magical people who have special mind powers! Hooray! And they're so special, yes they are, because they will save the world. Everyone else has his or her little insignificant part to play, but it's not really worth anything because the Singer people are so special! You can't be a Singer if you want, because you must be the child of a prophet. You have no choice. Your destiny is already decided for you, so hahaha! Wanna save the world? Too lazy to help? Too bad! Mr. Destiny already chose for you. Haha. He send out some prophets to tell the future, so now you know your horrible fate! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ah, so funny, to see you people helpless against the magical greater order of things.The language is too simple, and too uninvolving. I don't care that Ms.Chirish is fat. Great. Be fat, if you want, but I don't care. Stop bothering me. In addition, there's always this unanimous agreement between the Manth people. They somehow all just know things without rhyme or reason, and it seems somehow pointless. There's action, but over it, there is a filmy layer of boredom. He goes to the Morah. She gets the voice. Yeah. Okay. And it just so happens to be that she figures out how to use it. Good. The end.I disliked the characters. I don't know why, but I tend to hate everyone. In some books, the author forces me to dislike the protagonists and instead like the antagonists. In this book, however, I hated everyone. Stupid Kestrel. Stupid Bowman. Stupid magical twin powers. Stupid book. Hmmph. It felt totally fake, like a masked but already masked marionette. I cannot explain. I am sorry. No, really, I am.I do have a few good things to say about this series, however. I liked the ending, when Kestrel goes off instead of Bowman. It was a little ha-ha to him, but not really, because the were together forever! Yay! Lalalalalaaaa, happy happiness.Anyway, the other thing I liked about it was...I forgot. Oh, well.I still liked the actual reading of it. High-five!Holly
I LOVE these books. they are all about one family called the Hath's. The family go through ups and downs. The plot of the main book is all about kestrel who hates the tests that they contiunously do. No one knows why but some but some say it is because the zars stole the heart of the wind singer. Kestrel, he r brother bow and a weird boy set out on a terrifing adventure to bring back the wind sing to where it belongs.In the second book the town where the Haths live is caaptured by evil magicians. Everyone is taken apart from Kestrel who hides in the wind sing tower. once the magicians have gone the town is burnt and falling to peices. Kestrel makes it her duty to rescue her people and free them from the cultches of the magicians.The tird book is when the family are travelling to there true hometown. Ira Haths knows they way but she is slowly dying from the terrible cold that surrounds them. will they make it in time or will they be stranded.If you want to know the answer. READ THIS BOOK!Keepmeon
This is an AMAZING trilogy!!! Definitely recommended!!!Kris
I read all three of these books. William Nicholson is one of my favorite authors now!!! His writing is fantasy but it is also SO real at the same time!!Jo
Really enjoyed reading this series. Nicholson has created such a rich dystopian world thats unlike many other recent dystopian novels. Unlike many other recent dystopian novels, i feel that Bowman and Kestrel go through much more of a psychological growth and development as the story progresses than just "am i good enough" concept. its an endearing series, loved it from beginning to end.Rachel Grey
This is a great young adult adventure series. Like much of the best of its genre it touches on some intense themes about humanity and self-determination. This series does so in a simple yet unique manner, following an iconoclast family through triumph and defeat to a riveting finale. It belongs squarely between the L'engle time series and His Dark Materials.Xsupercharliex Xsupercharliex
I adore these books sooooo much! I tried to give them 5 stars but it won't let me :((I only have the first one btw... The others I borrowed from the library :P)Jenylyng
read this series with your young adult children - then go visit anywhere outside of a city. They see the landscape as a place visited in the book. We went to the topaz mountain interrment camp, as well as many places in Hawaii and my children commented on how this could be the place where Kestrel and Bowman were when (something) happened. The imagery in the book was very well painted without being long and boring - very un-english (to me that's a good thing).Jade
Amazing. I remember my primary school teacher getting me to read the first one. and guess what I went and bought the other two lol. Love love love it.Rachael
I am reading the third book, Firesong, of The Wind on Fire Trilogy. In this book Bowman and Kestrel have their third and final journey. They are joined by their friend Mumpo, their parents and the rest of the Manth people. The Manth people are now looking for their homeland. Their original home was taken over and burned down by bandits, and they were forced to leave. Now they're on a trecherous journey across the land and over the mountains to find the place where they belong. They don't even have a map they have Ira Hath (Bowman and Kestrels mother) who is a decendant of a sourt of fortune teller and every time she is asked if they are close she can't give an exact answer. Many of their people have been killed and they are the only ones left of their people. They have already faced so much danger what else will they run into.