The Naming (Pellinor Series #1)

The Naming (Pellinor Series #1)

by Alison Croggon


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"Epic fantasy in the Tolkien tradition, with a strong girl hero who is entirely believable in her struggles. . . . I couldn't put it down!" — Tamora Pierce, author of the Protector of the Small and the Circle Opens quartets

Maerad is a slave in a desperate and unforgiving settlement, taken there as a child when her home was destroyed. She doesn’t yet know she is a member of the noble School of Pellinor and has inherited a powerful gift, one that enables her to see the world as few others can. It is only when she is discovered by Cadvan, one of the great Bards of Lirigon, that her true identity and extraordinary destiny unfold.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763694432
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 06/13/2017
Series: Pellinor Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 239,749
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Alison Croggon is an award-winning Australian poet whose work has been published extensively in anthologies and magazines around the world. Her plays and opera libretti have been produced in Australia, and she is also an editor and critic. She began to write the books of Pellinor when her oldest son, Joshua, was reading fantasy. "I had forgotten how much I loved this stuff when I was a kid, and Josh's reading reminded me," she says. "My first real ambition as a child was to write a fantasy novel. One day I sat down and started writing a story. I had no idea what would happen, but one character appeared, and then another, and before long I had to finish the story to find out what happened." That story was THE NAMING. She says she was surprised by how the book seemed to unfold, already formed, before her. "Perhaps it's been waiting to be written for thirty years." Alison Croggon lives in Melbourne, Australia, with her playwright husband and their three children.

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"Maerad," he said at last, "if the Dark knows what Dernhil knew, we are in worse trouble than I thought. By the Light, I wish I knew what happened last night."

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The Naming (Pellinor Series #1) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 229 reviews.
LadyHester More than 1 year ago
The Naming is an epic and wonderful fantasy. I was thrilled over every word and loved every minute I spent in the world of Pellinor. Maerad is an amazing and powerful heroine. In the beginning she is a slave, rescued and recognized by the Bard Cadvan. By the end she is a Bard, beautiful and strong. The book journeys through fantastic landscapes and cities. The characters are rich and varied from Light to Dark. I can't wait to start reading book 2!
Marcupio More than 1 year ago
My wife talked me into reading this book. Since she liked it, I didn't think I would. I just finished it last night and have already started the next book in the series. It is a book that is easy to follow. Some of the names are hard to get used to. I would definitely recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After I read this book I felt like I needed to read more and more of these type of adventure stories. When I first picked up this book and looked at the cover, I felt it would be just a boring and plain old book with an obvious plot and similar types of characters who are in every normal story. I found out that I was very wrong. As soon as I started reading this book, I immediately got sucked into how amazing this book was and got mad at myself for not thinking it would be good. The book has two main characters: Maerad and Cadvan. During the course of the book, we find out that Maerad is a member of the School of Pellinor because of a powerful gift she has. Maerad escapes from a with the help of Cadavan. There is so much action and adventure in this book with so much detail that you feel like you're part of the book. The setting of this book varies because Maerad and Cadavan travel to so many different places. The first setting is the slave settlement. Many people help Maerad along the journey to finding her gift. The detail and suspense are what I liked about this book. I REALLY recommend this book and want you to read it too! (ages 12 and up)
Kaiyunei More than 1 year ago
It's been a long time since a book has kept me enthralled to the extent I could not convince myself to put it down. Thus, I dub it a rather excellent read. Perhaps its only shortcomings lie in the cliche nature of overall premise, and brief moments of predictability. However it's fairly safe to say that most everything written in this day and age--particularly in adolescent fiction--is not entirely original anymore. And to counteract this, The Naming was bubbling with enough originality and creativity that this common flaw was easy to ignore...maybe even miss by those less read. What most pleasantly surprised me was the level of acute (rather personality driven) humor laced throughout much of the story. And the realistic elements of womanhood actually being included; It caught me off guard, much to my delight and humor. (In all honesty, I laughed at Cadvan's embarrassed-flustered reactions at Maerad's first encounter with "the curse"). Overall, Alison Croggon's The Naming is a very well written and construed story of coming into one's self and coming into the age of adulthood.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is the best I have ever read!! It takes you on an epic tale of fantasy with Maerad, Cadvan, and many other characters. They face peril and danger in this fantastic plot. I reccomend this book to everyone who enjoys the many fantastical worlds of magic and magery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I first stated the book I was just reading it cause my mom wanted me to. But after I started reading it the book became enjoyable and I am glad she coaxed me to read it. It kind of has everything in it, sadness, great joy, love, loss, family and all that great stuff.
ZebraStripe More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing! Alison Croggon writes very well and captivates the reader's attention throughout the whole novel. It's impossible to put down. I guarantee that once you read it, you'll have to finish the Pellinor Series. Maerad is a slave in Gilman's Cot. One day, she meets a Lirigon Bard, Cadvan, who tells her she should escape and come with him. He believes she posesses the Gift and might very well be the Chosen One, someone who is destined to overcome the Nameless. Cadvan reveals to Maerad of the Light: Bards are keepers of the Light, or balance, and they wield the Gift. Such Gifts are of Making, Reading, Speech, and Tending--all are known as the Arts of the Light because such Gifts maintain the beauty and goodness of the land. The Nameless went against the Laws of Balance, or rules; he gets rid of his name, thus, prevents his death. Together, Cadvan and Maerad embark on a journey to overcome the Black Sorcerers, an army of corrupt Bards named Hulls, and, eventually, the Nameless himself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am currently writing my own book, and upon reading this book, I was drawn. I have read many fantasy books, and few have stood out like The Naming. Unlike many fantasy series out there, Maerad faces real issues, such as guilt, and loss. Alison Croggon vividly expresses these emotions, causing the reader to be able to relate, while at the same time maintaining the fantastic fantasy. The second book is merely a continuation of the first, and continues the same wonderfully thought ideas.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Forever my favorite book!
hippieJ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is very interesting. its extremely adventurous and an amazing fantasy. cnt wait for the 2nd book! cadvans hawt!
AgentBookworm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Do Not Pick This Book Up If You Are Not Prepared For An Epic.Remenicent of LOTR in the epic-ness this book should not be undertaken by thoes who have little patience and are not at all into history.For thoes of you who are I sugest getting up from where ever you are and aquiering a copy right now.It takes place across a world that is very well documented and crafted with it's own languages, limitations and lore that you learn about through hte course of the story. It can be dry at times but the way it's written makes up for it. Some of the words Ms. Croggon used you don't need to know the meaning of to see what she was trying to tell you, the words look as they are, as strange at that sounds. Not many authors can do that today and I'm happy to say Ms. Croggon can.I look forward to the next books in the seriese.
nm.spring08.s.west on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
At first I was skeptic about this book. It was a "Hmm, I don't really think I'll like this..." book at first sight for me. But I was pleasantly sursprised when I cracked it open finally and was pulled into the adventure. This book has the right amount of action at the right times and beautiful imagery. And the next book (The Riddle) looks just as promising!
kayceel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I couldn't finish this one. Not because it was boring, or poorly written (it wasn't), but eventually I came to the conclusion that I had read enough of these types of books - young person, thought they were normal, or less than everyone else, discovers that he/she is SPECIAL, must go on a journey/quest to discover themselves, and must fight a great evil 'cause they're the only one who can.... I got much more than halfway through before deciding to focus on other books. I may come back to this someday.
59Square on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kearsten says: I actually didn't finish this one - I got about halfway through, decided I'd read too many books lately about young people who think they're normal (or less than everyone else) until discovering that they are SPECIAL. Of course, he/she must immediately leave on a journey/quest to discover him/herself and somehow prepare to fight THE great evil threatening the world because he/she is the only one who can (according to prophecy).I got much more than halfway through before deciding to focus on other books. I may come back to this someday.
connlibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As long as she can remember, sixteen year-old Maerad has been a slave. However, when she discovers the powerful Bard, Cadvan of Lirigon, hidden and injured in the milking barn, she begins an incredible adventure that takes her away from slavery and introduces her to her magical Bard heritage and a past that she had forgotten. Maerad learns that she is the daughter of the First Bard of Pellinor, who was believed dead along with the entire School of Pellinor. However, that doesn¿t explain why her gift is so powerful or why she doesn¿t yet know the Bard gift of Speech. Cadvan has his suspicions as he guides her on a dangerous and perilous journey, dodging the minions of the Dark that plague them. Could she be the One? The Foretold? Only when Maerad is initiated and named as a full Bard will they know for sure. And if she is? What does that mean for Maerad¿s future? What does it mean for the world of Edil-Amaranoh? Can Maerad understand and control the gifts of her heritage in time? And now that Maerad has finally found people she can love, will she always have to leave them?This book, the first of a quartet in the Books of Pellinor, is a truly enjoyable read that both the high school student and the adult will enjoy. Croggon introduces the story by indicating it is a translation of an ancient document, including a map of Edil-Amaranoh and appendices explaining its language, history and culture. While these additions give valuable insight into the background of the story, the author¿s fictitious emphasis, including fake citations, that the story is a ¿real¿ story doesn¿t quite match the flow or tone of the story itself. However, you can easily get caught-up in the adventure itself, imagining the impact of Maerad¿s choices and how her past has shaped those choices. I look forward to the next installment.
misserin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Like the female version of Lord of the Rings... obviously not comparable to Tolkien, but certainly a lot better than the majority of other attempts! Allegorical, coming-of-age fantasy adventure that is well-worth the near 500 page read!
deliriumslibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hooray for the generation of girls growing up with heroines who do more than Katy even dreamed. Maerad, heroine of the Naming and its sequels, is sulky, powerful, shy, working-class, musical, afraid, brave, eager to learn, awkward, beautiful, articulate, fierce, loyal... The central part of this story (aside from the quest to defeat evil and preserve the Balance, which is also important) is about a lonely, abused child finding that she has a voice and can be loved. I read it again and again when I feel sad and lost.
vwhis More than 1 year ago
Wonderful Book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Many forget that a big part of adventure is travel. This series does not and its wonderous in that way. Written like an enchanting forgotten history, the Books of Pellinor are a great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful fantasy adventure with a strong female lead (and minimal unnecessary romantic subplot!) I've read it multiple times over the years and can't wait to read the rest of the series again!
TheReader1908 More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books!
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One of the best.
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