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    Post by genkicoll on Thu Jun 14, 2012 5:08 pm

    The Books of Pellinor by Alison Croggon
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    There are four books in this series:

    The Naming
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    In the classic spirit of epic fantasy comes this glittering saga of a young girl who learns she possesses an uncanny gift - and is destined to use it to save her world from a terrifying evil.

    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 Riddle
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    A young woman embraces her power — and her destiny — as the thrilling quest begun in THE NAMING continues!


    Maerad is a girl with a tragic and bitter past, but her powers grow stronger by the day. Now she and her mentor, Cadvan, hunted by both the Light and the Dark, must unravel the Riddle of the Treesong before their fractured kingdom erupts in chaos. The quest leads Maerad over terrifying seas and vast stretches of glacial wilderness, ever closer to the seductive Winterking
    — ally of her most powerful enemy, the Nameless One. Trapped in the Winterking's icy realm, Maerad must confront what she has suspected all along: that she is the greatest riddle of all. A sequel to THE NAMING, this second book in a captivating quartet about the ancient world of Edil-Amarandh is a sweeping epic readers won't soon forget.


    WARNING: Do not read the rest of the book descriptions unless you want a MAJOR spoiler for something that happens in the first book!


    The Crow
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    As this enthralling epic nears its climax, the young heroine’s brother discovers his own hidden gift — and the role he must play in battling the Dark.

    Hem is a weary orphan whose struggle for survival ends when he is reunited with his lost sister, Maerad. But Maerad has a destiny to fulfill, and Hem is sent to the golden city of Turbansk, where he learns the ways of the Bards and befriends a mysterious white crow. When the forces of the Dark threaten, Hem flees with his protector, Saliman, and an orphan girl named Zelika to join the Light’s resistance forces. It is there that Hem has a vision and learns that he, too, has a part to play in Maerad’s quest to solve the Riddle of the Treesong. As THE CROW continues the epic tale begun with THE NAMING and THE RIDDLE, Alison Croggon creates a world of astounding beauty overshadowed by a terrifying darkness, a world where Maerad and Hem must prepare to wage their final battle for the Light.



    The Singing
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    The climactic volume of the epic quartet follows the Bards of
    Edil-Amarandh on a vital quest to merge their powers against a nameless evil.


    In an increasingly battle-ravaged land, Maerad, Cadvan, and Hem desperately search for one another as they make their separate journeys. The Black Army is advancing north, and even as Maerad faces a mighty confrontation with the Landrost to save Innail, all of the Seven Kingdoms are threatened with bitter and devastating defeat. Yet in Maerad and Hem lives the secret to the mysterious Singing, and legend holds that if they release the music of Elidhu together, they have the power to defeat the Nameless One. Can brother and sister find each other in time to fight this all-powerful enemy, and are they strong enough — even reunited — to defeat him before all is lost?


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    Post by genkicoll on Thu Jun 14, 2012 6:07 pm

    I am such a voracious reader that I seldom pick up a book -- I know that I won't be able to put it down and will ignore things that I need to be doing... however, my dear husband got me a gift certificate for a bookstore as a gift certificate, and without really looking at it too closely, I grabbed The Naming and took it home. I had to go back and get the other books the next day. The Books of Pellinor 597951271

    So, my thoughts on the books and the series in general:

    My first thought was that I've never seen an author write in such a style. It's kind of like the author is a storyteller and relating a story to you, whereas in most of the books I've read you seem to become a part of the story. Don't get me wrong, the books and world that Alison Croggon is portraying are immersive, just in a way that I've not experienced before.

    Conversely, there is a realism to this writing that you don't often see in other books. For instance, in Eddings' Belgariad series, you Polgara frequently mentions that she WILL have a bath whenever possible, but you don't feel the dirt and grime and sheer exhaustion like you do in the Pellinor.

    Interestingly enough, the author presents the series as if the words were not her works at all, but rather a story borne in our own history -- a story based upon ancient scrolls that had been discovered in Morocco in 1991. There is a short forward explaining this, as well as instructions as to how names are pronounced, the concept of "bards" in these books, and an appendix that explains more in the back of each book.

    The hero of the series, Cadvan, strongly reminded me of
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    Viggo Mortenson's
    portrayal of
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    Aragorn in the Lord of the Rings series
    , but as I read further into the series, he took on his own (and very strong) personality in my inner mind

    Maerad is likewise a strong and unique character - not your typical kick-ass heroine, nor a weak maiden waiting for someone to protect her.

    All of the characters and the world itself are well-developed, easy to connect with, and believable. I was shocked to find out that these books are considered "for kids". The Books of Pellinor 3772091645 I went to the library to find the final book, and it was slightly more appropriately listed in the "teen fiction" section. I can see where one might say that these books are more geared towards "kids" in respect with the fact that the writing is very straightforward, without the deep complexities that you might (and usually will) see in books made for us older folk The Books of Pellinor 2981382511 Still, I can't see any kid reading this series, due to the content - it just doesn't seem like something a kid would enjoy unless they were on the more mature side.

    Overall, I really enjoyed reading the series, and will definitely read it again sometime. Glad to have stumbled upon these books, and recommend them to any fantasy-lover! The Books of Pellinor 737505495


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