The Wind Singer

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'The Wind Singer' Cover
Author William Nicholson
Cover artist Peter Sis
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Series Wind On Fire
Genre Adventure novel
Publisher Hyperion Books
Publication date
Published in English
Media type Print (Paperback or Hardcover)
Pages 352 pp
Followed by Slaves of the Mastery

The Wind Singer is a novel written by William Nicholson and the first book of his Wind On Fire Trilogy, the second book being Slaves of the Mastery and the third Firesong. It was first published in 2000. The Wind Singer won the 2000 Nestlé Smarties Book Prize and the Blue Peter Best Book Award for "The Book I Couldn't Put Down".[1]


  • Kestrel Hath is the main character. She hates exams and family ratings.[2]
  • Bowman Hath is Kestrel's twin brother who accompanies her on the journey.[3][4]
  • Hanno Hath, the twins' father.[5]
  • Ira Hath, the twins' mother, a prophetess who is direct descendant of prophet Ira Manth.
  • Pinto "Pinpin" Hath is the twins' little sister.
  • Mumpo is the silly and smelly dunce who is very in love with Kestrel, after Kestrel sat next to him.[6]
  • The Emperor of Aramanth
  • The Wind Singer is a statue that used to sing such beautiful songs. It made every Aramanth person happy. This angered the evil power called the Morah. It sent a terrible army, an army of Zars. This army's command was to destroy Aramanth. With the Aramanth citizens in panic, the people there were forced to give The Wind Singer's voice to Morah and Aramanth was safe.


The book begins in the walled city of Aramanth, an extreme meritocracy where endless exams and ratings are the only way to move forward to improved life stations; to be unsuccessful in this is seen as a great source of shame. Using a system based on colour classifications, the governing Examiners dictate what people can wear, where they can live and what jobs they can do. The levels are grey, maroon, orange, scarlet and white, with grey the lowest and white the highest. The Emperor is the only person allowed to wear blue.

A minority in their society, the Haths believe more in ideas and dreams than in endless toil and ratings. When young Kestrel defies the harsh classification system of Aramanth she flees, finding herself in the company of the Emperor of Aramanth. Thought to be the ruler of the city, he is found to be merely a puppet of the High Examiner, and the Emperor tells Kestrel of the need to rid Aramanth of the influence of the evil Morah, of the need to return the voice to the mysterious Wind Singer that stands in the city arena.

Using an archaic map given to her by the Emperor she sets off, joined by her twin brother, Bowman, and their brave but pitiful new friend, Mumpo, who has an unshakeable affection for Kestrel. They meet a variety of tribes and individuals including the fearsome nomadic clans of Ombaraka and Omchaka. The journey eventually leads them to the Halls of the Morah; the very heart of the evil that has taken control of the city. Here the children finally retrieve the voice of the Wind Singer, in the process waking the terrible Zars, army of the Morah. Pursued by the beautiful, evil and unstoppable Zars, the children race back to Aramanth, arriving just in time to return the Wind Singer’s voice. The voice allows the Wind Singer to emit a powerful song that destroys the Zars, and saves Aramanth.


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