The Naming: The First Book of Pellinor (Pellinor Series 1) and millions of other books . The Riddle: Book Two of Pellinor (Pellinor Series) by Alison Croggon. She doesn’t yet know she has inherited a powerful gift, one that marks her as a member of the noble School of Pellinor and enables her to see the world as no. “An epic fantasy in the Tolkien tradition, with a strong girl hero I couldn’t put it down!” – Tamora Pierce Maerad is a slave in.
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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — The Naming by Slison Croggon. Maerad is a slave in a desperate and unforgiving settlement, taken there as croggkn child after her family is destroyed in war. She is unaware that she possesses a powerful gift, one that marks her as a member of the School of Pellinor.
It is only when she is discovered by Cadvan, one of the great Bards of Lirigon, that her true heritage and extraordinary destiny unfold. Now she Maerad is a slave in a desperate and unforgiving settlement, taken there as a child after her family is destroyed in war. Now she and her new teacher te survive a journey through a time and place where the forces they battle stem from the deepest recesses of otherworldly terror.
Paperbackpages. Published March 14th by Candlewick Press first published January 1st The Books of Pellinor 1. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Namingplease sign up. What is the appropriate age aoison for this book? Julia Adams I would agree with about aliosn So you know though, someone attempted to rape the protagonist once, before the story begins.
Detailed Review Summary of The Naming: The First Book of Pellinor by Alison Croggon
As you’d expect, she still …more I would agree with about As you’d expect, she still has the emotional scars from that, and it’s referenced more than once in the series.
I found this book reciently on my bookstore and it’s called The gift, just wondering, is it the same book maybe a different edition? It was originally published as The Gift but was later changed to The Naming. See all 7 questions about The Naming…. Lists with This Book. I really enjoyed this book, and I look forward to reading the next aliso. There are bad guys and treachery and so on. It is a bit uneven in places and there is a bit more repetition that I would like, but otherwise quite good.
My biggest quibble is not with the book but with the many reviewers, here and elsewhere, who compare it to I really enjoyed this book, and I look forward to reading the next book. My biggest quibble is not with the book but with the many reviewers, here and elsewhere, who compare it to The Croggob of the Rings series.
Apart from the dark big bad, the plot has very little in common aloson LOTR. Yes, the author has made up a language and a history, with appendices, for her book and country, but this is not exclusive to Tolkien. There are no Hobbit like creatures, no ring of power, etc, etc. Heck, there are not many modern fantasy writers who DON’T have elements of Tolkien in them, and many who create whole worlds.
I think it does the author a disservice really, and doesn’t let the book’s croggoh merits shine. View all 5 comments. Remember when authors talked about landscapes, and you could tell that they might have actually stepped outside once or twice in their lives?
Remember when the male lead and the female allison in a YA book were allowed to develop a strong friendship and partnership, and any romance was left for the later books in the series? Remember when not every YA novel featured a love triangle? I remember two s Remember croggo authors talked about landscapes, and you could tell that they might have actually stepped outside once or twice in their lives?
I remember two series from the last decade that were really popular alidon my elementary and middle school friends that nzming be described as Star Wars in Middle-earth. For over nine hundred pages. If the Inheritance Cycle were a person, it would be a stereotypical nerd boy who likes dragons, mistrusts women, and is not nearly as clever as he thinks he is. Of the two, I would much rather be friends with her than him. Thane Gilman is a tyrant in his tiny domain.
The servants and slaves are afraid to make a run alixon it, because Gilman keeps fierce hunting dogs and the mountains beyond are full of evil entities and bloodthirsty beasts. One of these slaves is a young girl named Maerad, a dairymaid who also entertains the Thane and his friends by playing upon her lyre. She has no support network and no hope of escape. Her luck changes when a strange man from distant parts enters the cow-byre, and she is the only person who can see him.
His name is Cadvan, and he is one of the Bards, a group of wise and ideally benevolent mages whom Maerad had always believed were myths. They will learn that a dark power, once thought vanquished, is rising again no way! Cadvan and Maerad are frequently attacked, and sometimes seriously wounded, alsion supernatural beings, Bards, humans, animals, and monsters.
They come across a slaughtered family aloson a wasteland that includes a baby. Some evil creatures order a child to murder his friend, and when he refuses they kill the second kid anyway.
The Naming (The Books of Pellinor, #1) by Alison Croggon
A traitorous Bard sets a harbor and most of naning ships on fire. Maerad has scattered, disturbing flashbacks, about the sack of her home before she became a slave; a little girl of about five years, she saw her father beheaded, her mother sapped of her powers, and her home burned.
As a slave, Maerad is frequently beaten, and her fellow slaves once tried to drown her in the duck pond. Shortly before the story begins, a male slave jumped Maerad while she slept and tried to force himself on her.
He did not get far in his attempted rape before she snarled a word alisoj power at him that sent him flying and blinded him for three weeks.
She remembers this incident and panics after a nice young man named Dernhil gets a bit too excited and kisses her. She panics, he apologizes, and they part as friends.
Once they get to a hospitable place and are given baths and clean clothes, both Cadvan and Maerad are struck a bit shy, because they never noticed how good-looking the other one was before. Poor Cadvan is the first to see her after this, and gets almost as panicked as she does. Croggon brings it up three or four more times for no apparent reason. This was fairly obvious from the way Light and Dark are discussed in the book—much closer to the abstractions of Star Wars than the more Biblical Creation-mythology of Tolkien.
So I wondered why Croggon had to phrase it like that. It sounded rather disdainful of the Abrahamic faiths, and I thought that was unnecessary.
However, one can easily skip the appendices without missing anything interesting. Conclusion The Naming is an odd, hard-to-classify book. So what kept me turning pages? Why the high rating? Because Croggon created two wonderful characters in Cadvan and Maerad. They are noble, they are flawed, they have seen far too much death and darkness and it shows in their behavior.
They want to help the downtrodden, they want to be bulwarks against the encroaching Dark, but they also know how badly a well-meaning plan can go wrong, and they are wary of everything and everyone.
It is beautiful when two souls like theirs begin to open timidly up and trust each other. In this book, it happens with perfect timing, with a lot of sweet, tiny moments of respect and friendship that Cgoggon think and hope!!! Instead of manufacturing sexual tension and decoy love interests view spoiler [ Dernhil dies hide spoiler ]Croggon simply stands back and lets the reader observe what a great team these two make in every way.
You may also like: View all 3 comments. Apr nqming, Ryan rated it it was ok Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. When one of the main protagonists almost died, I found myself indifferent as the main characters were of a relatively uninteresting sort.
Her analogies were overused e. The conversations seem contrived, and the emotional state of being of her protagonists are volatile and explicitly stated rather then revealed by th — The Pellinor Series — 5. The conversations seem contrived, and the emotional state of being of her protagonists are volatile and explicitly stated rather then revealed by the characters actions. I think the book is geared towards a younger audience as I imagine a 13 year old girl might enjoy the book and better connect with things like her repeated references to a the newly discovered woes of a woman’s menstrual cycle Her invented language of the “Speech” is a fairly un-original “magic system”, and while she may have gone through some effort to develop that language, I don’t care or appreciate it.
Overall, the book was a bit formulaic and slow, although not bad. Nov 09, Alice rated it it was amazing.
If it weren’t so good, I would say this book is a mixture of crogvon other fantasy book on the block. The “chosen one” is raised in a secluded farm, identity hidden Nzming girl was trained in musicianship by the local bard, and her prodigious talent allows her to be named as a bard when she finally arrives at the school While travelling together, the neophyte receives instruction from a famous bard with a slightly sinister past Unde If it weren’t so good, I would say this book is a mixture of every other fantasy book on the block.
Understanding the words of the ancient speech are crucial The evil black riders, each a hull of a person turned to the dark alisln, pursue the travelers