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

Overall, I completely tbe the First Book of Pellinor and have already finished the second one see my review of The Riddle. Like it has been passed down from generation to generation. However, one can easily najing the appendices without missing anything interesting. She is a prize-winning poet and theatre critic, and has released seven collections of poems.

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If you want a adventure, a book filled with magic and a very in depth world that kinda gives you Lord of the rings vibes please pick this up.

I liked Hem’s character. There’s just not enough hours in the day for truly boring books. I just had to stop, finally. Click on a plot link to find similar books! Maerad does not understand how they can be kin and she refuses the offer.

For over nine hundred pages. Jul 08, Kumakani hte it it was ok Recommends it for: I have been craving a good series since the end of Harry Potter and this book definitely got me hooked.

Aoison so much going on but I didn’t find it particularly overwhelming.

They decide to avoid villages and towns as much as possible for fear that the Nameless One will go to great lengths to find her and many innocents may be killed. The action scenes could have been more suspenseful not to mention more frequent. But, from the depths of her criggon, she suddenly summons her magic to call out a fire and again the Hulls and the Wight are repelled. One night, Maerad wakes up with alizon overwhelming feeling of something suffocating and Dark nearby.


Cadvan uses his magic to protect them, but he senses that the Landrost is hunting them.

I think that my apathy toward the novel was somewhat mitigated because the Chosen One happens to be a girl here. The The Naming has some great adventure and I like the characters, though they’re not as developed as I’d like. I think it does the author a disservice really, and doesn’t let the book’s own merits shine. 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.

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. I still remember the creatures that were so well described. Actually, I can’t really think of anything that has so pleasantly reminded me of Tolkien’s work in tone and description before.

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

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Some evil creatures order a child to murder his friend, and when he refuses they kill the second kid anyway. Apr 18, Lindsay Stares rated it did not like it Shelves: Not only was I seduced by the pretty uk version cover of this book which i listened to in a pricey audio format but it came highly recommend, so I really wanted to like this book and its fair to say I did like this book Perhaps she does later on in the book?

The tortured Cadvan is an interesting mentor to Maerad — I do like that others question their relationship, and that you never really know what Cadvan is thinking although his frequent patriarchal exasperation with Maerad is annoying, especially in the early chapters. Their journey is arduous, thrilling and fraught with danger at times. Largely as a result of this, and partly on account of his own misogyny, Enkir refuses to admit that Maerad is the Foretold One, or even to let her be instated as a Bard.

They also think Maerad’s potential for the Gift is very great. I Can’t help but feel it could of been done in a more dramatic way, with more imagination. Now, the Speech seems to come easily to Maerad.


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. Cadvan and Maerad are frequently attacked, and sometimes seriously wounded, by supernatural beings, Bards, humans, animals, and monsters. During that night creatures like the wers’ wolf-like creatures attack his magical barrier. Conclusion The Naming is an odd, hard-to-classify book.

Cadvan and Maerad forgive and pity Hem for what he has been through. He tells her that he will take her to Innail, a town where Maerad will be able to get proper training as a bard. He’s one of the most generous character’s I’ve read of, as he also agrees to take a boy they meet in a not-so-abandoned house with him, although he gets a bit irritated, who wouldn’t? Perhaps there are strange twists in the next two books, however, that make my current assumptions quite wrong I actually tthe so, because I like being cgoggon wrong in fantasy.

She and Cadvan discover a small convoy of caravans that have been attacked by Hulls and likely other Dark creatures. Gave it up as not worth reading; couldn’t understand why everyone likes it so much?!? Overall, the book was a bit formulaic and slow, although not bad.

Story with a powerful mage girl and a harp. Nov 13, Debbie rated it it was ok Shelves: Refresh and try again.

But, I still liked it. Maerad, however, does deal with issues of pertinence to the teenage community, particularly issues of “growing up” as a woman, mind you and coming into her new found power, whilst dealing with the past she never knew.

I wonder how well it goes over with them. One day, she meets a man named Cadvan, who claims to be from the School of Lirigon, one of the bardic schools of magic.

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