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First U.S. edition.
New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2017.
Physical Description:
293 pages ; 22 cm.
Series title(s):
Number in series:
bk. 3.
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.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader/Renaissance Learning MG 5.1 10.0 190603.


Call Number
J Tanner, L.
J FIC TANNER 2017 v.3

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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?

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 2

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-Tanner's trilogy concludes with a meticulously plotted, rapidly paced adventure that both stands alone and richly satisfies fans of the first two novels. The narrative picks up where Sunker's Deep left off, with the crews of both the Oyster and the Claw on dry land searching for the captain and the legendary Singer. Enter young Gwin and her family, traveling entertainers called "Fetchers," whose performances bring moments of pleasure to the downtrodden population while preserving traditional lore and keeping ancient secrets from the Anti-Machinists. 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. Attentive readers will be intrigued by early plot details that later on return to add significance at pivotal moments. Masterly writing brings the stark landscape to life and reveals characters' deepest emotions. -VERDICT A first purchase for collections that already have the other volumes in the series; expect interest in them if ordering this third entry on its own.-Marybeth Kozikowski, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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.