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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Here we also have light, and not just a sliver of it. Discuss the tropes in this book — what worked? He was forced to do evil deeds like kill innocent people with his Speech.

Now, she and her mysterious teacher must embark on a treacherous, uncertain journey through a time and place where the forces of darkness wield crogggon otherworldly terror. 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.

Unde If it weren’t so good, I would say this book is a mixture of every other fantasy book on the block. Anyone really into high fantasy. Basically every fantasy owes its existence to Lord of the Rings, but some take it to a whole new level.

They are noble, they are flawed, they have seen far croggonn much death and darkness and it shows in their behavior. The plot unfolds at just the right pace, allowing for everything to happen without everything happening at once, which shows true skill.

The action scenes could have been more suspenseful not to mention more frequent.

It deals with her struggles to find her sense of self when everything she knows has been completely turned upside down. It seemed okay for a while, I mean.

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

It is only when she is discovered by Cadvan, one of the great Bards of Lirigon, that her true heritage and extraordinary destiny unfolds.


I was looking for something new to read and wlison never heard of Alison Croggon and thought that if I liked it I would go to the library and borrow the rest of the series. On the character front, how does Maerad stack up as a heroine?

The idea of that the world of Annar has different cultures and competing schools of Barding is a little Harry Potterish, but in a good way. I was skeptical from the start, when the prose lurched awkwardly between too cliche and too purple.

He did not get far in his attempted rape before she snarled a word of power at him that sent him flying and blinded him for three weeks.

She definitely wrote some very beautiful descriptions and lines in this book and the poetry was, for once, not painfully cheesy. Preview — The Naming by Alison Croggon.

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Since then, the Nameless One has been growing more powerful and his dark minions have been growing in strength and numbers, threatening to overrun the kingdom of Annar with their evil. Hummm…I am sorry to say I was not enthusiastic about anything. I found myself imagining the slave settlement a bit like the setting in the Not only was I seduced by the zlison uk version cover of this book which i listened to in a th audio format but it came aliaon recommend, so I really wanted to like this book and its fair to say I did like this book In the midst of Maerad’s 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.

Well developed or underdeveloped? They have to walk in the dark and Maerad feels croggpn air currents indicating treacherously thin paths. The book clocks in at nearly pages. I did enjoy the richness and depth of her world, despite some flaws I saw with it. In a word, this book is: I still remember the creatures that were so well described. The setting in particular. I really liked this author’s writing. This proves to be a controversial announcement as crogogn of the bards don’t believe that the Dark is rising in power.


Detailed Review Summary of The Naming: The First Book of Pellinor by Alison Croggon

However, one can easily skip the appendices without missing anything interesting. 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.

Because of her tragic past, she is slow to trust people, but when she does trust someone – that person has her complete loyalty. I especially love the juxtaposition of light and darkness throughout the book – danger, injury, and low spirits are contrasted with the growth of new friendship, the opportunity to rest, eat and bathe, and to take in some of the beauty of the world.

It was entertaining, dealt with some tough issues that I’ve not seen done well in fantasy, or anything for that matter particularly certain things with Maerad, which I won’t spoil here, as you should read the book to understand. I know that occasionally it needed to so the finger details could be intended with the story but the are the parts where my attention waned.

The only constant in her life is her music. 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.

They will learn that a dark power, once thought vanquished, is rising again no way! Maerad comes into her powers gradually and fairly believably. Quotes from The Naming. However on saying that I really did love all the revelations about the characters and world yhe the story moved along.