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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We all ready knew she was going to be the Chosen One.

The only constant in her life is her music. So you know though, someone attempted to rape the crogfon once, before the story begins. The Bone Queen Aus. A traitorous Bard sets a harbor and most of its ships on fire. Maerad is a slave in a desperate and unforgiving settlement, taken there as a child when her family is destroyed in war.

The first was the seeming necessity for dialogue that reads somewhat Shakespearean though, thankfully, not so Shakespearean that I wanted to drop the book. The Naming was a weird book for me to read.

Cadvan and Maerad are frequently attacked, and sometimes seriously wounded, by namnig beings, Bards, humans, animals, and monsters.

As an extra bonus, readers also get a scene describing Maerad’s first period! I didn’t finish this book. One day, she meets a man named Cadvan, who claims to be from the School of Lirigon, one of the bardic schools of magic. And Cadvan’s past comes beat for beat from Wizard of Earthsea as does the Speech. Like the descriptions, I felt this book described non-magical everyday situations in far too much detail when only a brief description was needed.


The story ends with Maerad thinking about the next leg of their journey and how perilous it will be.

The Naming

Also Hulls are Black Riders. She is unaware that she possesses a powerful gift, one that marks her as a member of the School of Pellinor. If it weren’t so good, I would say this book is a mixture of every other fantasy book on the block.

That’s saying something here. Well, there is not only the Chosen One trope, but also its ultra familiar packaging — i. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. namint

The Naming (The Books of Pellinor, #1) by Alison Croggon

It is beautiful when two souls like theirs begin to nzming timidly up and trust each other. I think I will read the other books, though there are so many books Ccroggon want to read, so we shall see.

This is the wisdom of love, and its doubtful gift. It seems Croggen could have cut out a bit the monotony of Maerad and Cadvan’s journey by hurrying them along a bit quicker to their destinations.

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

I Would loved to of scene the author really show us something with more depth, or with a bit more edge. Gave it up as not worth reading; couldn’t understand why everyone likes it so much?!? I quite enjoyed it. Cadvan also makes the surprising discovery that Hem is Maerad’s long lost little brother because he has a medallion from Karn, which is Maerad’s House.

After their brief but enjoyed stay at Innail, Cadvan takes Maerad across the country of Annar to the school of Norloch, intending to have her instated as a full Bard and given her Name, and also to see his old teacher Nelac.


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Also, I’d hope that in future books there is less of Cadvan telling Maerad things. It really takes great writing to create both a spooky, “shivery” feeling while also evoking thee feeling of something ancient, mysterious and grand. 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, hhe they are wary of everything and everyone. And the idea of how the titular character’s gift worked was fascinating compared to magic systems I’ve encountered This was an interesting series to me when I read it.

Twice has he attempted to conquer the land of Edil-Amarandh, and he has twice been vanquished. In many ways it did remind me of the LOTR – in the formal tone of the language, the songs, the descriptions of nature particularly woodsthe mood that presses in on you from the memories of the land itself, the rising conflict between Light and Dark, the travels through often-hostile countryside, and the havens full of light and wonder that break up the danger and darkness of the journey. That said, The Naming was an important read for me because it served to highlight and reinforce what I kind of already knew:

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