Cover image for Battlesong / Lian Tanner.
Battlesong / Lian Tanner.
First Square Fish edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Square Fish, an imprint of Macmillan Children's Publishing Group,LLC, 2018.

Physical Description:
293 pages ; 20 cm.
General Note:
"Originally published as Fetcher's Song in 2016 in Australia by Allen & Unwin"--Copyright page.
While Gwin, a Fetcher, and her family defy the Devouts by sharing song and story, the Oyster's crew and the Sunkers continue fighting to bring light back to the dark world.


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1 Bob Harkins Branch TAN Paperback Junior Fantasy / Sci-Fi
2 Bob Harkins Branch TAN Paperback Junior Fantasy / Sci-Fi
1 Nechako Branch TAN Paperback Junior Fantasy / Sci-Fi

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The thrilling conclusion to the Icebreaker trilogy, an acclaimed middle-grade fantasy-adventure from Lian Tanner

Gwin is a Fetcher. With her papa and twin brother, Nat, she travels West Norn, bringing joy to its downtrodden people through song and story. But ever since Mama died, it's been hard to keep the joy alive.
Proud and defiant, Fetchers have always been hunted by the Devouts for preserving the old ways. So when devious Brother Poosk captures Papa, Gwin must rescue him--whatever the cost.

Meanwhile, the Oyster's crew and the Sunkers lay siege to the Citadel. But without their Sleeping Captain, can they ever win against the ruthless Devouts? Can Petrel, Fin, Sharkey, and Rain ever bring light back to such a dark world?

Praise for Battlesong :

"Tanner's unparalleled world-building seamlessly weaves Gwin's tale into a complex narrative told from multiple perspectives. The author provides just enough backstory to keep new readers engaged and the action moving toward a thrilling ending that unites characters from all three installments. . . . Masterly writing brings the stark landscape to life and reveals characters' deepest emotions." -- School Library Journal

"Nonstop action against a magical backdrop; this is a wonderful world to get lost in." --Catherine Jinks, author of the Evil Genius trilogy

Read the whole Icebreaker trilogy:
Sunker's Deep

Author Notes

Lian Tanner is the author of the Keeper trilogy ( Museum of Thieves, City of Lies, Path of Beasts ), and winner of numerous awards around the world, including the Aurealis Award for Children's Fiction. She lives in Australia.

Reviews 1

Horn Book Review

When Gwin, whose people are traveling acrobats and musicians, attempts to rescue her captured father, she encounters Petrel, Fin, Sharkey, and Rain (Icebreaker; Sunker's Deep). They're seeking the Captain, a mechanical boy programmed with all the world's knowledge who can help them rebuild once the oppressive, anti-technology Devout are vanquished. The trilogy's myriad threads and heroes come together for a final confrontation and a triumphant close. (c) Copyright 2018. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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