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* ThirstyDesert: In ''The Waterless Sea''.
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* CrossingTheDesert: The second book has the characters cross one to reach the Palace of Cobwebs.
21st May '16 12:41:45 AM Morgenthaler
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* BlondesAreEvil: Or at least Keela is.
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For her entire life, Calwyn has lived among the priestesses in the city of Antaris, which is surrounded by a wall of pure ice created and perserved by the priestesses via chantments (or magical singing that allows them (in this case) to summon ice ('ice call')). One day, while singing her chantments to mend the Wall, she comes across an injured stranger named Darrow. Soon she finds herself joining him on a journey to stop Samis, a powerful singer of chantments whose goal is to learn all nine songs from the Nine Powers in order to conquer the world and unify it under one ruler--himself.

There are three books in the ''Chanters of Tremaris'' Trilogy by Kate Constable.
* ''The Singer of All Songs''
* ''The Waterless Sea''
* ''The Tenth Power''

!Provides Examples Of:
* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: They have 'em in Gellan.
* AHouseDivided: The crew of the ''Fledgewing'', after [[spoiler:Xanni]] dies.
* AnIcePerson: The Daughters of Taris, priestesses who learn the art of ice-call, or ice chantments.
* AnnoyingArrows: Double subverted. Mica is extremely worried when Trout takes an arrow in the ribs, but he's able to run and get Calwyn perfectly fine afterward.
* AntiHero: Calwyn is this at the beginning of The Tenth Power. While still morally good, she is [[GoodIsNotNice bitter and cruel]], even to her friends.
* ArbitrarySkepticism: Trout dishes out a lot of this in ''The Singer of All Songs''.
* BadassNormal: Xanni and Tonno, the sailors who have kept the ''Fledgewing'' seaworthy; Trout, who especially comes in handy [[spoiler: at the end, when he destroys the orb absorbing all the Nine Powers that Samis wants]].
* BerserkButton: The pirate captain makes the mistake of insulting Mica's grandmother. [[TooDumbToLive Idiot.]]
* BreakTheHaughty: Tamen gets this.
* BrotherSisterIncest: Keela and Samis (although only half-siblings) are accused of this. Keela doesn't really deny it, but it's not officially confirmed, either.
* BrownNote: The Shadow Chanments are a [[DownplayedTrope downplayed]] example of this. While they don't cause true insanity, they worm around in your brain, making you nauseous and uneasy.
* BlondesAreEvil: Or at least Keela is.
* ButNotTooBlack: Subverted with Halasaa.
* CallBack: In ''The Tenth Power'', Mica references the first time Calwyn showed her ice, an event which occurred in the first book.
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler: Trout suffered the effects of an experiment gone bad in his past, culminating in an explosion that left him deaf to sounds above a certain range in pitch. This fact comes back to haunt Samis, whose favourite tactic and primarily feared ability is to use the extremely high-pitched chantments of Seeming (read: illusion).]]
* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler:Keela]], of all people, plays a short-term one towards the beginning of ''The Tenth Power''. Samis also does this, and his plans are more complex.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Trout's exclamation of, "What are you ''doing''? This is no time to start ''singing''!" [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], as he doesn't know chantments are actually real at that point.
* CoolAirship: The entire [[spoiler:''City of Spareth'']] turns out to be one of these in disguise.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Mica has blond hair and gold eyes.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Darrow has one.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Ice-call is the power of dark, cold, and death, but it's still not ''evil'' at all. Heck, our [[TheHeroine protagonist]] is an ice priestess.
* DarkSkinnedBlond: Mica is described both as blond and tan.
* DeadlyDecadentCourt: In The Palace of Cobwebs.
* DeathByDespair: [[spoiler:Halasaa and Calwyn]]'s father.
* DeathByChildbirth: The priestesses of Antaris have a song honoring those who die this way. [[spoiler:It's also sung for those sealed into the wall.]]
* DefrostingIceQueen: Mica isn't very fond of Calwyn, at first.
* DiscardAndDraw: At the end of ''The Waterless Sea'' when [[spoiler: Calwyn over exerts herself and wakes up unable to make anything happen with her chantment.]]
* DistractedFromDeath: A chapter starts out in [[spoiler:Mica's]] POV, then switches to Calwyn's. Two pages later, [[spoiler:Mica]] is dead and we missed it.
* DivineRaceLift: Calwyn is priestess to a female deity.
* DoesNotLikeMen: Many of the priestesses.
* DontYouDarePityMe: Lia doesn't want anyone pitying her for being crippled.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Tamen.]]
* ElementalPowers: The Nine Powers, depending on how far you've gotten through the last book. Ice/Darkness, Fire/Light, Wind, Iron,--hold on, now--Becoming, Tongue, Beasts, Seeming, and Goddess/the Great Power/the Power of all that is. ''The Tenth Power:'' is the awesome might of [[spoiler: writing in general, and musical notation in the specific, which grants the world of Tremaris the ability to record and teach the chantments without resorting to oral tradition and memory.]]
* FantasticRacism: People who have knowledge of chantments aren't exactly ''loved''...
** Halasaa also faces a lot of HalfBreedDiscrimination for being half Voiced One.
* FiveManBand
** TheHeroine: Calwyn
** TheLancer: Darrow
** TheSmartGuy: Trout
** TheChick: Mica (and later [[spoiler: Keela]])
** TheBigGuy: Tonno
** TheSixthRanger: Halasaa
* {{Flashback}}: Used to flesh out Darrow's past. Mostly in the form of TroubledBackstoryFlashback.
* FlatEarthAtheist: Trout starts out scorning the idea of chantments and the gods, even after being attacked by Samis. [[spoiler:Although this is a JustifiedTrope, as he can't hear high-pitched sounds like the Power of Seeming due to an accident, so the chantments didn't affect him.]] Eventually, he gets better.
* FryingPanOfDoom: During the pirate raid, Trout grabs two saucepans as weapons.
* FunetikAksent: Mica has a [[DownplayedTrope very mild]] one.
* GenkiGirl: Gilly. Interestingly enough, she's still portrayed as practical, at least after some CharacterDevelopment.
** [[PsychopathicManchild Keela]] also acts this way, sometimes.
* GlamourFailure: [[BigBad Samis']] Power of Seeming is unable to affect [[spoiler: Trout because an explosive accident from his past left him unable to hear sounds above a certain range. With the songs of seeming being the highest pitched Powers, ranging about falsetto, he does not even notice the chantment going on.]]
* [[GodIsGood Taris Is Good]]
* GreaterNeedThanMine: Trout stops Calwyn from treating him to direct her attention to Mica.
* GriefSong: We're in a world of singers, of course.
* HealingHands: People can use the Power of Becoming in this way.
* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler: Tonno]] falls into a mild one of these after [[spoiler: his brother dies.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Xanni gets killed while trying to save Calwyn and Trout from Samis. [[HeroicBSOD His brother, Tonno, doesn't take it too well.]]]]
* HeroicSuicide: [[spoiler:Athala poisons herself so her body can be sealed into the wall and hopefully stop the spread of illness.]] Others presumably did the same, although the reader doesn't see it happen.
* HighHeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Keela]]. A JustifiedTrope, as it's at least partly due to her personality being magically rewritten.
* HumanSacrifice: The priestesses of Taris apparently do this, at least to trespassers.
* {{Infodump}}: Marna's lecture to Calwyn about the other Powers gives us a ''lot'' of information in not a lot of time.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Mica accuses Calwyn of this in ''The Tenth Power''.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Xanni, Marna, and Mica.]]
* LastMinuteHookup: Tonno and [[spoiler:Keela]].
* LongLostSibling: Quasi-Subverted in that [[spoiler:Calwyn and Halasaa]] look nothing like each other.
* LoveEpiphany: Trout to Mica, [[spoiler:when she dies.]]
* MagicDance: The Power of Becoming
* MagicMusic: The other Powers of ~ (Ice, Fire, Iron, etc.). The ''Chanters'' of Tremaris aren't called such because they just like to engage in a little singing while not on their adventures.
* TheMagocracy: Antaris is ruled by the priestesses, who all have the Power of Ice. Because of this it is also a...
* {{Matriarchy}}: since men are generally incapable of singing the high notes necessary for Ice Call.
* MayDecemberRomance: Occcurs between [[spoiler: Calwyn (16 or 17) and Darrow (late 20s to 30)]], though on the cover art of ''The Tenth Power'' he appears a bit younger. Also occurs briefly between [[spoiler: Calwyn and Samis]]. He's nearly forty...
* MessyHair: Trout sports this to go with his 'absentminded inventor' persona.
* MixedAncestry: Halasaa and [[spoiler:Calwyn]] are half Tree Person, half Voiced One. He also faces HalfBreedDiscrimination for it.
* MotorMouth:
-->"That woman can't keep her mouth shut long enough to take a breath."
* MutuallyExclusiveMagic: It's originally thought that only one individual in the whole world, the eponymous Singer of All Songs, had the power to learn every chantment.
* NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead: In a variation, Calwyn declines to speak ill of the soon-to-be-dead, but then subverts it by coming out with it later, anyway.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The crew of the ''Fledgwing'' fights their way to the tower where Samis is in order to take him down, only to find [[spoiler:the Chantments they used have been helping him to bring the Nine Powers under his control.]]
** Tamen also does this, [[spoiler:by splitting the wheel in order to give part to Samis to convince him to leave.]]
* NoOntologicalInertia: Justified in that [[spoiler:the Palace of Cobwebs didn't actually have anything holding it up other than continuous ironcraft]]. Generally things will continue to exist after being sung into that state (i.e. the Ice Wall around Antaris, which has to be maintained but doesn't automatically vanish).
* {{Noble Savage}}s: The Tree People.
* OfficialCouple: [[spoiler:Calwyn and Darrow]], of course. With [[spoiler:Keela and Tonno]] their BetaCouple.
* OhMyGods: Calwyn uses "For the sake of the Goddess!"
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Darrow doesn't remember his real name because everyone from his early childhood called him 'Mouse'. His current name is even just a contraction of another nickname, 'Gold Arrow', the name of his family's boat.
* ParentalSubstitute: Marna and Mica's grandmother for Calwyn and Mica respectively.
* PlanetOfHats: Many of the countries are depicted this way.
* ProudWarriorRace: The Tree People.
* PsychicPowers: The Tree People's form of communication involves talking telepathically into people's minds.
* PsychopathicManchild: Keela frequently displays shades of this.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: The Samis-fighting crew of the ''Fledgewing'' is pretty much patched together of whomever they happened to meet and [[FireForgedFriends save the life of]] on the way.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Trout tries to do this soon after his arrival on the ''Fledgewing''.
* ShipTease: Calwyn and Darrow get this, in the first book especially.
* SiblingYinYang: Between Xanni and Tonno, the former being easy-going and light-hearted and the latter being more serious and down to earth.
* SpiritedYoungLady: Mica, although she's a slave by the time we meet her, so she's not so "middle class or higher" anymore.
* SwitchingPOV: The vast majority of the series is third-person limited point of view centering on Calwyn. However, Darrow and Trout also get turns when Constable needs to show a scene for which Calwyn is absent.
* [[TakingTheBullet Taking The Flying Knife]]: [[spoiler:Xanni does this to save Darrow.]]
* TheTheocracy: Antaris is ruled by its priestesses.
* TokenMinority: Mica and Halasaa are the only main characters described as tan and dark, respectively.
* TrueCompanions: Calwyn & Co.
* {{Tsundere}}: Mica.
* TheWallAroundTheWorld: The above mentioned giant ice wall that surrounds Antaris.
* TheyDo: [[spoiler:Calwyn and Darrow]], eventually.
* WitchSpecies: Played with. [[spoiler:At first it seems assumed magic is inherited (Mica thinks Calwyn must have island blood to sing the chantments of wind), but later it appears everyone can learn all magic.]]
* WeCanRuleTogether: Samis offers this to Calwyn. [[spoiler: She refuses.]]
** He also first said this [[spoiler:to Darrow]].
* WhatTheHellHero: Mica calls Calwyn out for wanting to give up the fight against Samis.
* WhamLine: "Not me! [[spoiler:MICA!]]"
** And from ''The Singer of All Songs'': "The attack came without warning."
* WigDressAccent: [[spoiler:Keela.]] But she employs a turban and some colored contacts instead.
* WomanScorned: [[spoiler:Keela again, who pretends to defect after Samis "tries to kill her". But it's all a ruse, of course.]]
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: [[spoiler:Subverted. Calwyn comes home to a very, very changed Antaris and has to hide from Tamen in a barn, but soon her home is returned to more or less its old state.]]
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