Slaves of the Mastery

Slaves of the Mastery

William Nicholson / Jan 23, 2020

Slaves of the Mastery Slaves of the Mastery is the fantastically vivid breathtaking sequel to The Wind Singer by William Nicholson Written with the same passion and cinematic scope as the first book in the series Slaves

  • Title: Slaves of the Mastery
  • Author: William Nicholson
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  • Page: 223
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  • Slaves of the Mastery is the fantastically vivid, breathtaking sequel to The Wind Singer by William Nicholson.Written with the same passion and cinematic scope as the first book in the series, Slaves of the Mastery picks up the story of siblings Kestrel and Bowman five years on from the closing chapter of The Wind Singer.The city of Aramanth has become a kinder pla Slaves of the Mastery is the fantastically vivid, breathtaking sequel to The Wind Singer by William Nicholson.Written with the same passion and cinematic scope as the first book in the series, Slaves of the Mastery picks up the story of siblings Kestrel and Bowman five years on from the closing chapter of The Wind Singer.The city of Aramanth has become a kinder place, but in becoming kinder it has also become weaker, making it the perfect target for the ruthless soldiers of the Mastery After a swift and brutal battle that leaves the city burned and the Manth people destined for slavery, Kestrel finds herself alone, angry and bitterly sworn to wreak her own revenge.But first she must find her beloved brother Bowman, and he in turn must find a way of understanding the secrets of the mysterious Singer people Only then can the pair begin to strike out against the Mastery and begin a voyage that will bring the Manth people back to their former stature Slaves of the Mastery lives up to all the promises made by The Wind Singer , and readers who enjoyed the first book will certainly be thrilled by the pace and execution of the second Dramatic, complex and thought provoking, this is a challenging read for readers aged 10 and over PLEASE NOTE This edition has the same ISBN as this book book show 23

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        Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread for information William Nicholson was born in 1948, and grew up in Sussex and Gloucestershire His plays for television include Shadowlands and Life Story , both of which won the BAFTA Best Television Drama award in their year other award winners were Sweet As You Are and The March In 1988 he received the Royal Television Society s Writer s Award His first play, an adaptation of Shadowlands for the stage, was Evening Standard Best Play of 1990, and went on to a Tony Award winning run on Broadway He was nominated for an Oscar for the screenplay of the film version, which was directed by Richard Attenborough and starred Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger.Since then he has written films Sarafina, Nell, First Knight, Grey Owl , and Gladiator as co writer , for which he received a second Oscar nomination He has written and directed his own film, Firelight and three further stage plays, Map of the Heart , Katherine Howard and The Retreat from Moscow , which ran for five months on Broadway and received three Tony Award nominations.His novel for older children, The Wind Singer, won the Smarties Prize Gold Award on publication in 2000, and the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award in 2001 Its sequel, Slaves of the Mastery , was published in May 2001, and the final volume in the trilogy, Firesong , in May 2002 The trilogy has been sold in every major foreign market, from the US to China.He is now at work on a new sequence of novels for older children, called The Noble Warriors The first book, Seeker , was published in the UK in September 2005.The second book, Jango, in 2006 and the third book NOMAN, will be published in September 2007.His novels for adults are The Society of Others April 2004 and The Trial of True Love April 2005.He lives in Sussex with his wife Virginia and their three childrenom williamnicholson


    1. Benim distopyala serilerinin tamamını beğendiğim -biri hariç- nerede görülmüş Allah aşkına?İlk kitaptaki ritmi kendi içimde yakalayamadım. :(

    2. I really, really enjoyed the second book of this series. Once again Nicholson gives us a somewhat vague criticism of government (the second book must be communism, but the first? I'm not really sure, it was definitely a punishment/rewards system though) as the backdrop for the story, but I wasn't terribly interested in the precise nature of his philosophical leanings. No, once again I found myself completely in love with the characters, Kestrel in particular."And yet, glorious as it was, beautif [...]

    3. With all the fuss over The Hunger Games,I was never drawn into actually reading it.Though I blundered into this middle volume in the Wind On Fire trilogy,(there is nothing on the cover to indicate this status)it seems to me that it presents a very similar but more coherent alternate reality as a setting for its young protagonists to acheive moral awareness.The ritual of manaxa,with its combination of lethal grace,wrestling and dancing,provides a far more compelling contest than the aimless bruta [...]

    4. First off, What I didn't likeI absolutely hated like the implication that in order to be beautiful you must also be waif thin. I liked Sisi's character to a certain degree, but the message she promoted within the book was wrong, there is no other way of describing it. In your quest for that emaciated figure you so desire you must not eat anything for days on end. You must not drink anything more calorific than water. After you have married that all changes, you no longer need to be attractive, y [...]

    5. This is officially one of the best books I have ever read and it is certainly in my Top Five Young Adult Books list. This book has it all – action, adventure, imagination, likeable characters, wonderful worlds and an excellent plot. The story takes place five years after the events of The Wind Singer and our protagonists are now 15 years old. Aramanth is attacked and the Manth people are taken into slavery by the army of the Mastery.Kestrel Hath is the only living person left behind and she em [...]

    6. This entire series has stayed with me since I was a child, and this is definitely the best installment. The world building is still intriguing, but both more carefully crafted and more "narrow" than in the previous and following books. The kids are grown up and passions (of very different types) take over, and it's way more compelling than you would've thought. And basically, Kestrel. She's everything. Best young adult female heroine ever, really. Flawed, stubborn, rebellious and vicious at time [...]

    7. Having just recently read the first book in the trilogy, Wind Singer (see my review here), my immediate impressions about the second book are well done!The author has transitioned from the simpler writing style of Wind Singer to one that is much more befitting the age group I believe the books are targeted at. The more mature circumstances written about are also appropriate given the main characters' aging into young adulthood.For me, and I believe for many readers, the outcome of this installme [...]

    8. "Slaves of the Mastery," the second novel in the Wind on Fire series was absolutely amazing. The story follows many characters including Kestrel, Bowman, the Hath Family, Mumpo, and other new characters. It was interesting to see characters grow and develop, especially Bowman, who matured greatly in this novel. William Nicholson also added interesting, yet crucial characters to this sequel: The Gang, a "clan" who, in this novel, travelled to the Mastery to wed the flawless Johdila. This was such [...]

    9. I read these through 2007 and finished the third book in March 2008. These books are one of the few series of YA fantasy I can think of that are UNIQUE. I'd never read anything like them. Nicholson creates a really intriguing world, and keeps adding interesting new elements in each book. He also has great skill at choosing character names!I ended up using the Manth wedding vows from this book as one of the readings at our wedding. They bring tears to my eyes pretty much every time I read them.

    10. As exciting and insightful as I remembered from first reading it. Then depiction of the Singer people was breathtaking and imaginative, just the kind of fantasy a child would love, and the fortitude and loyalty of Kestral and Bowman is just as humbling for an adult reader.

    11. sisi!!!!! (also maybe more like a 3.5/5? the next book will probably solidify my feelings about the whole experience a bit better, i hope)

    12. A little about the author William Nicholson was born in 1948, and grew up in Sussex and Gloucestershire. The Wind Singer, won the Smarties Prize Gold Award on publication in 2000, and the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award in 2001. He lives in Sussex with his wife, the social historian Virginia Nicholson, and their three children.Authors website:williamnicholson/ Plot summery reviewed"I hate school! I hate ratings! I won't reach higher! I won't strive harder! I won't make tomorrow better than tod [...]

    13. Mixed feelings. It is a better book than the first one, both in terms of the writing itself and in the general structure of the story. But one of the things I judges sequels on is how closely related to the first book they are. I don't mean that they shouldn't stand alone (they should) or that they can't be different (they can be), but presumably, the events of the first book should shape the characters and events of the second.The weird, ridiculous quality of the first book is completely lost i [...]

    14. Today begins my walk with you. Where you go, I go.Where you stay, I stay. When you sleep, I will sleep. When you rise, I will rise. I will pass my days within the sound of your voice, And my nights within the reach of your hand. And none shall come between us.I have no words for this book which would do it justice. Nothing in me to capture the wild beauty ofWind on Fire , the stunning characters, the story that flows almost of its own accord directly into your heart. I am reminded ofIron Hearted [...]

    15. A brilliant follow up to The Wind Singer, this is the story of a wolf dressed in sheepskin - a dictator who seems to have created Eutopia. If you thought the Morah were terrifying (and really, who doesn't?!) then the Master in this second book will make your blood run cold.Nicholson does not hold back from hard truths and true menace. I love the fact that this is a children's book which deals with such complex and interesting moral and philosophical dilemmas. I wish current Children's authors wo [...]

    16. I really enjoyed Wind Singer (book #1) so was thrilled when this one finally arrived. I was not disappointed. Although it is a (very) little darker than the first one, it was still gripping. It follows the separate paths of Kess and Bo after they are separated, and the Wind Singers finally make an appearance. Bo and the rest of the family are slaves of the Master, while Kess is travelling with a princess on her way to the Mastery to be married. The addition of the cat who wants to learn to fly m [...]

    17. The sociopolitical commentary that The Wind On Fire series brings to the table is most fully realised here. The book considers the cost of a well functioning society and ideas of freedom and slavery.Whilst this is what I took from the book it can be enjoyed purely as a good fantasy fiction read, with telepathic twins and ambiguous impending forces forever in the shadows.

    18. The second installment of the Wind on Fire trilogy is by far my favourite. Its alot better than the first in terms of pace and storyline. Feels a touch more adult, maybe because they burn people alive. The strong theme of rebellion is carried into this second book and is added to with slavery, fear and huge charecter growth. The way that slaves are brought into the Mastery after their homes are pillaged and razed to the ground but then grow to love their new lives is such a good example of brain [...]

    19. I love this series of books. Very insightful towards human nature, especially if you read them more than once. I will revisit this series whilst I wait for Silver Cage (Aveyard) to arrive. Read twice, to date.

    20. Again not a children's book guys! Like the bit (view spoiler)[ the mastery starts burning people to death in the monkey cages or when the manacs start tearing each other apart (hide spoiler)] If you want areal social commentary then this si the book for you.Stars:5Ages:14+

    21. THIS BOOK IS AMAZING. (*spoiler alert*)I literally didn't have high expectations cause I didn't really get gripped by the first book, but God knows what happened cause I fell in love with this one.I fell deeper in love, more like it.I liked the first book, but I'm lovin' the second.The characters developments are truly thrilling.Mumpo, Kestrel, Bowman, Pinto - oh my God, Pinpin has grown so much! >_< I mean what can I expect this is 5 years after the Wind Singer was restored but still.Like [...]

    22. Sem si kar dobro knjigo izbral za mojo (obletno - heh) 100. oceno.ZGODBA Zgodba se nadaljuje nekaj let po koncu prvega dela. Naši glavni liki so starejši (d'oh) in so postali tudi zrelejši. Toda nobeden izmed trojice, si mi ni zdel pretirano srečen. Kakorkoli že, mesto napade Mojstrstvo in v suženjstvo vzame vse preživele prebivalce, razen Lunje. Le-ta se odpravi za stopinjami vojske in med potjo, ko je že zelo utrujena, sreča kraljevo kolono. V koloni vidi princeso Krdela in ta jo vzam [...]

    23. And so, led by the prophet Moses, I mean Ira, the slaves leave Egypt, I mean the Mastery, and set out on their long walk to Israel, I mean the homeland, which Moses/Ira knows she won't enter A hash of biblical analogies (see previous updates) that, somehow, manages to be a) coherent, b) immersive, and even c) tear-inducing. Bonus points for averting Beauty Is Never Tarnished, and for growing-up the insufferable princess in the process. And for not using rape as a casual threat or a plot point (R [...]

    24. I love this series. I go back to them every time I run out of library books.My only problem with this book (Besides Sisi's eating habits that would surely have killed her by now) is a very important fact that is left out.WHAT HAPPENED TO THE MUD PEOPLE?the entire city was sacked and burned, and the wind singer with it. Did the mud people just get overlooked? fair enough, most of the citypeople didn't know they were there at the beginning of the last book, but surely Mumpo and the twins would hav [...]

    25. Tämän sarjan uusinta luvussa ensimmäisen osan, Tuulen laulun, jälkeen oli hiukan pettynyt olo. Se ei ollut yhtä hyvä kuin muistin. Mutta tätä lukiessa palautui mieleen miksi silloin aikoinaan pidin tästä sarjasta niin paljon. Oli kiinnostavaa lukea kaksosten, Kestrelin ja Bowmanin, suhteesta ja kuinka he kaipasivat toisiaan joutuessaan eroon toisistaan. Mutta kaikista mielenkiintoisin hahmo oli kuitenkin prinsessa Johdila eli Sisi, joka kehittyy kirjan aikana valtavasti. Alussa hän on [...]

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