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.
©2010 Alison Croggon (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I fell in love with this story 7 years ago the first time I picked it up in print. I found the story enchanting but because I couldn't pronounce some of the words, found it difficult to finish. I never thought I'd be one for audio books but this narrator was perfect and her pronunciation enchanting. I am now on to the next book in the series.
Not sure if I would reread this book. Maybe. Will know better once I read all the books in the series.
Likely the rescue near the start of the heroine of the book.
Not sure if it was a scene as much as the richness and depth of the story.
Again not really one moment.
If you like rich character and world development this is one of those books that draws you in. I enjoyed the book quite a bit and will read further.
Alison Croggon, yes. Eloise Oxer, no.
Eloise Oxer has a fine narrating voice, she brings the perfect mood to the scenery and the background. Her voices for the characters, on the other hand, are absolutely atrocious, and I couldn't stand it when anyone talked, even the main character. It's difficult to describe exactly what she's doing with the voices for the characters but I'll try.
Maerad alternates between a voice that's almost screeching, sort of like a typical witch from a children's story, and between a prebuscent girl who's permanently petulant and spoiled. Absolutely ruined the character for me.
Cadvan sounds like he's less of a human, and more of an etherial being who's above it all. Her voice for him has a strange cadence and breathiness to it that is almost entirely devoid of emotion and humor. There's a particular scene where he meets an old friend, and they start making fun of each other (as old friends do), but her voice for both of them (her voice for the friend is similar if I remember correctly) makes the exchange sound half-hearted, like they were never actually friends in the first place.
There's a myriad of other characters that she portrays similar to both Cadvan and Maerad, some of the female bards having the permanent witchy-scream, and the male bards having that strange impassive cadence that Cadvan has. Since most of the story focuses on Maerad and Cadvan those are the most important.
It's a pity that the voices for Maerad and Cadvan are so horrible, because the story actually is rather interesting. This is one I'd definitely recommend reading as opposed to listening to, so you can have the characters with the correct voices instead of the ones that Eloise Oxler utilizes. But I couldn't stand it. 10 hours in (it was a long drive) and I dreaded every single moment that a character spoke, because it ruined the atmosphere. So in short:
Story = good (possibly better than just 'good')
Performance = Deal breaker. Would not recommend.
I'm not sure, I never read the print version
Cadvan is quite enjoyable. I enjoy seeing how his character slowly reveals one layer at a time. He has a rich history is imperfect and yet quite perfect for this story. I enjoy seeing Maerad falls into the middle of his story and it affects how strong he is throughout the story.
She does very well at reading The Speach. I would be willing to bet that I would be pulled out of the book if I were trying to figure out how to pronounce the words. In hearing Eloise read it, I did not have to worry about that at all.
When Maerad found Hem. I love how she was pulled to him and didn't know why. How they naturally fell into their natural roles with one another without understanding the truth. It was as if the truth was already in their hearts.
The Naming ranks right up near the top of my list of favorites! The reader does a fabulous job of engaging the listener and the story captivates you from the very beginning.
The most memorable moment for me is the first introduction to Cadvan in the milking barn where Maerad realizes she can see what others can not yet is nonplussed as to why. It really seems to mark the true beginning of the adventure.
Jeez please do NOT ask me to pick a favorite! Eloise Oxer is an amazing story teller and does such a wonderful job that you are simply invited into the world of Pellinor and you hardly realize you are not there yourself!
There are a series of moments that particularly moved me in this first story of Pellinor. The first was the first meeting with Maerad and Cadvan and their tacit connection from the start, then later when Maerad senses the need to go into the plains and finds Hem. Finally the moment of realization when she discovers that Hem is Cai, her long lost brother and age understands that deep feeling of connection she has felt from their first meeting. It is simply a beautiful connection that is portrayed seamlessly and wonderfully done by the writer Alison Croggon.
This is as simply as I can put it, a wonderful epic saga that will be worth the reading and it will enrich the reader for every second he or she spends lost in the wonderful world of Pellinor!
I would not recommend this book to friends because of its predictability. On the other hand, I would recommend this book to struggling readers as the text is predictable and could be challenging to a young adult who needs help reading.
None of the characters seemed to have distinct personalities. Maerad, who has been a slave and suffered horribly, throws tantrums as if she is a coddled lordling. Cadvan seems to have no personality at all. Terrible characters.
Eloise Oxer's performance is something out of a very bad soap opera. She is overly dramatic and could be a good bit of the problem with the characters.
I bet this would be a book where the movie, under a decent director, could be MUCH better than the book.
Although I have been disparaging about the book and characters, I do intend to finish the trilogy because I can't leave things hanging. It will not be one series that I buy extra credits to listen to though. There are many better reads out there and many other books more worth a listen such as books on early Victorian dancing or even books about how grass grows.
I love to read a lot, especially mysteries and fiction.
No unless you like a slow and British accent. It was hard to understand some of the words that the narrator was saying.
I liked that this story was original and was very fantasy like.
I liked the enthusiasm of the voice and the slight twang of some of the words. I did not like that there was some words that were changed (for an abridged version of an audiobook).
When the main character relived her mother's life and finding her brother after she thought that he died as an infant.
This book and audiobook was a random find.
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