Sing the Light, Sing the Warmth, and Receive the Gift comprise the trilogy of The Singers of Nevya, completed in 1997. A follow-up novel, Singer in the Snow, was published in 2004. These novels, unlike my other works, are science fantasy, which is to say they are soft science fiction with one fantastic element, in this case, the psi, or telepathic powers of the Singers who create warmth and light for their people. Nevya is an ice world, a planet under a binary star system (see, a little science sneaks in), where summer comes only once every five years, and the ground is frozen so that metal is impossible to obtain.
"A rich story of cultural revolution. The singers of the ice planet Nevya use their musical psi-powers to hold back the deadly cold. In Sing the Light, young singer Sira loses faith in doctrine after a violent encounter with power-hungry politicians. She sets out on her own in Sing the Warmth, spending years gathering and training like-minded individuals. Her attempt at peaceful cultural change is nearly ended when the mad carver Cho attempts to take over Nevya in Receive the Gift. This tale of duty, loss, self-sacrifice and standing up for one's beliefs is occasionally gritty, often suspenseful and always emotionally gripping." — Publisher's Weekly
"Marley's knowledge of music and story makes for a stunning combination of talent." — Greg Bear
"Welcome back, Nevya! Here is a world to return to again and again. The Singers of Nevya comprise a creation as vivd as those of Marion Zimmer Bradley and Anne McCaffrey. A treasured collection to give the readers on your gift list—but read them yourself, first!" — Kay Kenyon
"In the wintry world of Nevya, music is literally the only thing that keeps the population alive. Gifted Singers call up safe circles of light and heat; they use their music to heal the sick and broken. But their Gift also forces them to make great sacrifices, as they're thrust into political battles and required to give up almost all human contact. Some are strong enough to survive the perils . . . and some are not. Louise Marley vivdly portrays a world of ice and snow and occasional summer, of dangers that lurk both outside, in the cold—and inside, among flawed and difficult people. She details the cost that accompany her great Gift, but she also conveys such joy in music that the reader's own world glows with warmth and illumination every time a Singer performs." —Sharon Shinn