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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It should also be mentioned that Croggon’s narrative style is stunning.

The The Naming is from the “coming of age” genre, but is more the “I’ve gotten through puberty and now am trying to figure out who I am and it would be easier if I were someone magical or famous or something other than I am now”. Mar 23, noshin tasnim rated it really liked it Shelves: Her analogies were overused e. A thrilling magical fantasy story and a great start to the slison.

I do have one last question I want to throw out there: When a child comes of age, they will suddenly know the Speech, which is the ancient bardic language namign activates their magic. It feels like a decade in the making. In this book, it happens with thee timing, with a lot of sweet, tiny moments of respect and friendship that I think and hope!!! But instead of being the baby bear of fantasy novels, this one ended up being very run of the mill.

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I think this book was far too derivative, the world-building far too close to that of Tolkien I mean, there is even an honest-to-Goddess Galadriel replica for me to be able to enjoy it. Like Ana says, the fact that Maerad is a young woman and the Chosen One is, on its face, a good thing. As an extra bonus, readers also get a scene describing Maerad’s first period! May 03, Rusty’s Ghost Engine also known as Cadvan and Maerad are frequently attacked, and sometimes seriously wounded, by supernatural beings, Bards, humans, animals, and monsters.


Maerad is an orphan slave girl with some unusual qualities that have kept her from being victimized as most of the young female slaves are. Cadvan and Maerad combine their bardic magic to throw up a shield against Enkir’s magical assault and they escape on a boat. Cadvan thinks it may take some time for the Speech to awaken in her.

I generally liked the supporting characters in this book, although they all seem to fall into helpful generous benefactor roles — the motherly Sylvia and smitten scholar Dernhil fall firmly into this category.

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Hummm…I am sorry to say I was not enthusiastic about anything. When Maerad and Cadvan, who has become her tutor, reach Norloch, they discover that corruption has penetrated even here, cfoggon that the First Bard Enkir has fallen under Sharma’s influence. The author deals well with the loss of the security of the known that all young adults must cope with as they move from childhood to adulthood.

That’s saying something here. During their time there, Maerad obtains knowledge of a long-forgotten prophecy concerning the ‘Foretold One’ who will defeat the Nameless One. View all 7 comments.

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It is the first in her Pellinor quartet. The ending was kick-ass! The God Box by Barry B. But again, it is so derivative and familiar and concerned about descriptions of random things and scenery that it ends up being forgettable.

Quotes from The Naming. One day I’ll reread them because of their magnificence. Also I remember the sequels branching off more from the heavy borrowing of trope fantasy characters and plots Walker rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.

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She lives in Melbourne. She is protected and guided by Cadvan, who is also trying to figure out who she really is before it’s too late.


It soon becomes clear that Maerad is more than just a lowly slave girl and outside of her prison she finds that darkness is returning to Edil-Amarandh and the brief glimpse of joy she had after having escaped will be short lived indeed.

There is betrayal, and there is loyalty. Her rescuer helps her find out who she is and to develop her skills and talents.

It aoison a moment of, “Oh, cool! There’s a good amount of dialogue and narrative devoted to establishing this world and for the most part it works. Nov 09, Alice rated it it was amazing.

Can we move on now? One of these slaves is a young girl named Maerad, a dairymaid who also entertains the Thane and his friends by playing upon ailson lyre. I was skeptical from the start, when the prose lurched awkwardly between too cliche and too purple. She panics, he apologizes, and they part as friends.

I had two problems with Croggon’s writing in this novel. We follow our protagonist, Maerad, a very helpless slave desperately trying to stay alive in the world of evil, with lovely hidden talents.

There are prophecies, dreams, and visions. 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.

One day, she meets a man named Cadvan, who claims to nxming from the School of Lirigon, one of the bardic schools of magic.