A sumptuous, riveting tapestry of a book. The naming offers evocative descriptions of a world both beautiful and perilous, as well as a bold, enduring heroine. With all this and a suspenseful, slow-burning romance, Pellinor is one of the most rich and vivid fantasy worlds created since Tolkien's Middle-earth.
A sixteen-year-old slave, Maerad, is an orphan who finds herself not only gifted with music, but with unusual and amazing magical powers. Taking from the worlds of fantasy, magic, and even history, this first in a series is a new voice in young adult fiction worth reading. — Jeanette
"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.
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.
Croggon's characters and environmental descriptions glow with a romantic sensibility and resonate beautifully with archetypal connections to Tolkien. —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
A challenging and fully realized epic adventure. —School Library Journal, starred review
This Australian import is high fantasy of high caliber. —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, The
Many fantasy fans will look forward to following Maerad's adventures in the next volumes of this fantasy quest. —Booklist
Unbelievably fine, this book represents fantasy storytelling at its best. This exemplary novel is sure to appeal to all fantasy fans. —Voice of Youth Advocates