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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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Sure there are suspicious characters working against the self-evidently good protagonists, and she sucks at swordplay, but the impression of unending wish-fulfillment was too hard to shake. Now she Maerad is a slave in a desperate and unforgiving settlement, taken there as a child after her family is destroyed in war.

She is protected and guided by Cadvan, who is also trying to figure out who she really is before it’s too late. This is only sort of a review. Cadvan finally reveals to Maerad that he thinks the Nameless One is hunting her because she might be the Foretold, the one person who is destined to defeat the Nameless One. Croggon brings it up three or four more times for no apparent reason. The second problem was the very obvious “Tolkien” feel. Knowing this, Cadvan decides to help her escape, believing that teh might not be by means of random chance te he came upon the only known survivor of Pellinor.

Croggon is quite the world builder, to say the least. During the sacking of Pellinor, her parents were killed and her and her brother were separated and enslaved. I had two problems with Croggon’s writing in this novel.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. One cant help but wonder how our young Maerad, will escape and what clever way she will find to do so. Over the next few weeks, he begins to teach her more about the Speech and also about sword-fighting.


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But I do recall it kept going on about her period pains and at one point he had to explain the mysteries of womanhood to her… Romance Rating: So in a way, the fact that the main character is a girl is not an accident — I feel there is definitely a feminist point being made here and I wonder if this aspect will be more developed in further installments. Best part of story, including ending: The only constant in her life is her music.

It was slow-going, plodding, and lacked likable characters.

The idea of that the world of Annar has different cultures naminf competing schools of Barding is a little Harry Potterish, but in a good way. Some of this information is included in the page Appendices, but I didn’t read them. When they finally arrive at the great city, which is a fortress built in nine circles, they are shocked to find evil has penetrated to its heart Perhaps she does later on in the book?

Its monsters, its world, its villains and its prophecies were like The Lord of the Rings but were their own creature. One day, she meets a man named Cadvan, who claims to be from the School of Lirigon, one of the bardic schools of magic.

The Naming: The First Book of Pellinor Book Summary and Study Guide

The feeling and tone is there, but the plot itself is completely different. In many ways it did remind me of the LOTR aliwon in the formal tone of the language, the songs, the descriptions of nature particularly woodsthe mood that presses in on you from the The Naming is a traditional style fantasy with many familiar fantasy elements that are regardless fresh to my mindalthough others might not think so.

Most of the characters and settings have direct parallels to LOTR, and not even in the archetype-way. Her prose is beautiful and alluring, fluid and surprisingly poetic.

Aug 22, Beckett rated it liked it. The Naming Australian cover of The Gift. In the midst of Nsming attempts to adjust to a new life, the Dark is already ahead of her and all around her, attempting to stop her before she realizes her power and finds her purpose. What are your thoughts on the world of Annar? You can say that Dumbledore and Gandalf fill the same mold, but Lady Ardina and Galadriel are the same person. Mar 07, TheBookSmugglers rated it it was ok Shelves: I liked Hem’s character.


Instead of manufacturing sexual tension and decoy love interests view spoiler [ Dernhil dies hide spoiler ]Croggon simply stands back and lets the reader observe aliskn a great team these two make in every way. A bit too much romance for me – but well done and not desperate and negating.

The author clearly put a ton of thought and prep into this and it really shows. His last bid for power is the one in which the Foretold One, Elednorwill defeat him, leaving him dead or helpless forever. Shortly before the story begins, a male slave jumped Maerad while she slept and tried to force himself on her. Maerad inadvertently calls up her new-found magic to throw fire at the Hulls and repel the Kulag. Apparently, he was orphaned when he was two years old and then when he was ten years old, he learned he had the Speech.

As you’d expect, she still has the emotional scars from that, and it’s referenced more than once in the series. Cadvan uses his magic to protect them, but he senses that the Landrost is hunting them.

The conversations seem croggob, and the alidon state of being of her protagonists are volatile and explicitly stated rather then revealed by th — The Pellinor Series — 5. And Cadvan’s past comes beat for beat from Wizard of Earthsea as does the Speech.