on March 29, 2010
I went into the book store looking for something new to read, i saw this book and the name appealed to me so i picked it up. After briefly skimming through the description i figured it was worth a chance, and it was definitely worth it! I could not put the book down. IT IS THE BEST BOOK I HAVE READ SINCE ERAGON FIRST CAME OUT! I may have a weakness for epic fantasy novels but this book is a work of art and i am confident that it will become a world phenomena in it's own time. Thanks Alison for creating the books of pellinor!
on March 26, 2008
This book was awesome! The Naming is about a sixteen-year old girl named Maerad. Maerad is a slave in an aweful unforgiving settlement. She was taken there when she very very young after her family and home is destroyed by a war. Living in this aweful place she doesn't know that she has inherited power that shows that she is a Bard (you'll have to find out what thst is for yourself!)and a member of the School of Pellinor. When she is discovered by Cadvan, one of the best Bards of Lirigon, that she finds out what she is and about her past. Mearad and Cadvan set out on a perilous journey where they make new friends and enemies. This book was so good I could not put it down. Read it! You won't be dissapointed.
on May 15, 2005
I bought this book while on holiday in England & haven't seen it since -- it's gone from friend to friend! i love fantasy fiction, but often get a bit bored of the unending boyishness and lack of humour. this novel brims over with well-drawn characters of all genders who are as capable of cracking a joke as cracking someone's skull with a sword. that said, violence is very much seen as a last resort here, there are no mindless bloodfests, and along with the amazing, strong female central character Maerad (who goes from slave to powerful mage without becoming any less herself), the book has a real interest in the natural world. Beautiful descriptions are part of an ecological awareness that's rare in any fiction. This is a book to treasure and read again for its poetic language as well as its hard-driving narrative. Really, truly fantastic... and the first of a four-volume series, so there's plenty more to look forward to!
on November 11, 2007
I bought this book in a little town in New Hampshire, personally, I was expected to be bored. Oh, was I wrong! I couldn't tear my eyes from the page, it captivates you, it was truly riveting! Alison Croggon has produced an exquisite, wonderfully interesting piece that I believe leaves Harry Potter in the dust! Keep on writing, Alison Croggon!