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.
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.
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.
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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