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The Naming: The First Book of Pellinor | [Alison Croggon]

The Naming: The First Book of Pellinor

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.
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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.

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    Jeffrey J. Jacobs Pittsburgh, PA USA 01-30-13
    Jeffrey J. Jacobs Pittsburgh, PA USA 01-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Detailed story that holds your attention."
    Would you listen to The Naming again? Why?

    Not sure if I would reread this book. Maybe. Will know better once I read all the books in the series.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Naming?

    Likely the rescue near the start of the heroine of the book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not sure if it was a scene as much as the richness and depth of the story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Again not really one moment.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Short 08-31-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Ok story, Overly Dramatic reading"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What didn’t you like about Eloise Oxer’s performance?

    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.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I bet this would be a book where the movie, under a decent director, could be MUCH better than the book.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elena OAKLAND, CA, United States 06-27-12
    Elena OAKLAND, CA, United States 06-27-12 Member Since 2011

    I love to read a lot, especially mysteries and fiction.

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    "The Naming, A Random Find"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No unless you like a slow and British accent. It was hard to understand some of the words that the narrator was saying.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that this story was original and was very fantasy like.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    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).


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the main character relived her mother's life and finding her brother after she thought that he died as an infant.


    Any additional comments?

    This book and audiobook was a random find.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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