After throwing lists and lists of recommendations at you over the past few weeks we’ve decided to set ourselves up for some shorter posts. Drum roll please to introduce our new segment…. Tremendous Trilogies! And we’re kicking it off with one of our favourites: ‘The Wind on Fire’ trilogy.
The Wind Singer, Slaves of the Mastery, Firesong, William Nicholson
In The Wind Singer we are introduced to the world of Aramanth in which our heroes live. It is a city ruled by uniformity where each citizen is expected to “make tomorrow better than today.” The Hath family, consisting of parents Ira and Hanno, twins Kestrel and Bowman and the youngest, Pinto, don’t fit into this system. The story opens on the day of Pinto’s first examination, age two, during which she is unresponsive to every question asked of her. Not because she can’t but because she won’t. Kes and Bo take their rebellion one step further, going on a quest to find the long lost Voice of the Wind Singer which is held by the mysterious and dangerous power that keeps the people of Aramanth in their colour-coded uniformity.
Slaves of the Mastery takes place five years later. The city of Aramanth is no longer controlled by mandatory-testing, its people are free to think and dress as they please. However their defenses have grown weak, making them an easy conquest for the far off land called The Mastery. The Manth people are taken far from their destroyed city, and are forced to become slaves of The Mastery. Here, the supreme ruler, known as the Master uses dark powers to keep his population obedient. As the Hath family set out to destroy it and thus free their people, the history of the Manth people begins to be explained, including the mysterious Singer people from the prologue of The Wind Singer. Kestrel, Bowman, and their loyal friend Mumpo find themselves facing a much stronger and more sinister force force than when we last saw them, making Slaves of the Mastery a (in my opinion) much better story than the first one.
Which leads us to the concluding book in the trilogy; Firesong. Those that have fled the Mastery must seek shelter, they must reach the safety of the homeland, before the storm breaks; or the coming wind will carry them away. In the time of cruelty, the Manth people march back to their homeland. They grow weak with starvation. Ira Hath is the only one who knows the way, but she is dying. Bowman eagerly awaits his calling to join the Singer people, but when his sister Kestrel is taken by bandits, he must use his powers to find her. Together they fight…. Until their destinies lead them apart. And all the while they wait for the wind to rise… Only one will sing the firesong.
All in all, this trilogy is pretty awesome. It’s satisfyingly different from most other dystopian stories and has some fantastic characters who change and develop over the course of the trilogy. While the focus of The Wind Singer is on Kestrel, Bowman and Mumpo, the other two have a much wider cast of characters to fall in love with. It’s a tad heavy handed with its morals at times but still a fantastic read! Keep a look out for more Tremendous Trilogies, we’re aiming for one a month.