The Naming (Pellinor Series #1)

The Naming (Pellinor Series #1)

by Alison Croggon


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The Naming (Pellinor Series #1) by Alison Croggon

"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 a desperate and unforgiving settlement, taken there as a child when her family is destroyed in war. 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 other 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. Now, she and her mysterious teacher must embark on a treacherous, uncertain journey through a time and place where the forces of darkness wield an otherworldly terror.

The first book in a projected quartet, Alison Croggon's epic about Maerad and her remarkable yet dangerous gift is a beautiful, unforgettable tale. Presented as a new translation of an ancient text, THE NAMING evokes the rich and complex landscape of Annar, a legendary world just waiting to be discovered.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763694432
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 06/13/2017
Series: Pellinor Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 157,674
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. 221 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.
deliriumslibrarian on LibraryThing 8 days 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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In this series you grow up with the heroine. Which of course means you get attatched. Which in turn leads to staying up way too late because you don't want to put the book down. Truely a great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great book i loved ( and love to ) read over and over. Dramatic and emotional, fanciful and imaginative, this book has it all. From the first page i was obsessed with Maerad's story with Cadvan and couldn't put it down to save my life. Exageration? Not really. Read it, love it, and become obsessed with The Naming and the rest of the books of Pellinor.
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This is one of my favorite series! It is amazing novel and writen beautifully! I recomend it to any and all fantacy lovers
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Loved it
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