Gifted with the ability to channel psi energy and light to create a warm environment for the "ice planet" of Nevya, Mreen, known as a Singer, is unable to speak aloud and must join forces with her interpreter Emle when a young Singer's psi-Gift talents are exploited by her abusive stepfather. Reprint.
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Grade 7 Up–Set in the same sphere as the Singers of Nevya trilogy (Ace), this is an engaging tale of a world in which only the psionic powers of the Singers (those who use music to focus energy and light) can create enough warmth for survival. At the Conservatory, Mreen is a Singer who cannot speak but can communicate psionically. Emle is the opposite; she has a beautiful voice but cannot control her psi to produce warmth and light. When Mreen is assigned to be a Cantrix at Tarus, Emle accompanies her to act as her voice. There they meet Gwin, a girl with the Gift who is abused by her stepfather. In their efforts to help her, both come to terms with their respective issues. Astute readers will guess from the start that Emle's difficulty lies in a childhood trauma, and that Mreen's muteness may be linked to her shame about her mother, a Cantrix who broke her vows of celibacy. Nevya itself is a fascinating world, reminiscent of Anne McCaffrey's Pern. Some elements are not fully explained; for example, why summer only occurs every five years, or even how long it lasts. Still, the story should attract science-fiction fans and may inspire them to seek the Nevya trilogy.–Karyn N. Silverman, Elizabeth Irwin High School, New York City
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