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ISBN13: 9780763631628
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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 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.

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"A plentitude of action and plot surprises ensure a riveting read. Unbelievably fine, this book represents fantasy storytelling at its best." VOYA

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"[A] challenging and fully realized epic adventure." School Library Journal

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"Croggon's characters and environmental descriptions glow with a romantic sensibility and resonate beautifully with archetypal connections to Tolkien." Kirkus Reviews

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An epic fantasy about dragons, dark secrets, Pendragons, and magic

On the southernmost tip of Wilde Island--far from the Dragonswood sanctuary and the Pendragon Castle--live the native Euit people. Uma, who is half Euit and half English, and not fully accepted by her tribe, wants to become a healer like her Euit father. But the mad English queen in the north, desperate for another child, kidnaps Uma and her father and demands that he cure her barrenness. After her father dies, Uma must ensure that the queen is with child by the time of the Dragon Moon, or be burned at the stake.

Terrified and alone, Uma reaches out to her only possible ally: the king's nephew Jackrun, a fiery dragonrider with dragon, fairy, and human blood. Together, they must navigate through a sea of untold secrets, unveil a dark plot spawned long ago in Dragonswood, and find a way to accept all the elements--Euit, English, dragon, and fairy--that make them who they are.

About the Author

Alison Croggon is an award-winning Australian poet whose work has been published extensively in anthologies and magazines around the world.

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Bette, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by Bette)
The writing flows marvelously, telling a story in a way that catches the reader and holds them fast to the pages. It creates a world, a language, a life beyond our own. A fantastic young reader's fantasy novel.
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Mindy Buchanan, April 18, 2009 (view all comments by Mindy Buchanan)
I would like to begin by saying that Alison Croggon's writing is beautiful. That being said, there's just too much of it. This often happens for me with fantasy novels - I get bogged down by descriptions. I liked the story of Maerad and Cadvan, and I will definitely be reading the rest of the series (save for maybe The Crow The Third Book of Pellinor because it's about Hem, and I hate changing POV in the middle of a series). But there is only so much description of land, food, pain and wear...more I would like to begin by saying that Alison Croggon's writing is beautiful. That being said, there's just too much of it. This often happens for me with fantasy novels - I get bogged down by descriptions. I liked the story of Maerad and Cadvan, and I will definitely be reading the rest of the series (save for maybe The Crow The Third Book of Pellinor because it's about Hem, and I hate changing POV in the middle of a series). But there is only so much description of land, food, pain and weariness I can take. I found myself skipping her beautiful descriptions in favor of ferreting out dialogue.

Maerad is a strong female lead and I like Cadvan as her male counterpart. I'm thankful this book is removed from heavy romance, or romance of any kind, really. Instead Croggon focuses on Maerad's understanding of her Gift and Fate.

I think anyone who is fond of J.R.R. Tolkien, Tamora Pierce, Maria V. Snyder, or Shannon Hale will definitely enjoy Maerad's journey and even Croggon's writing style - descriptions and all
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fieldhockeyluver25, May 20, 2008 (view all comments by fieldhockeyluver25)
This book was amazing! After reading a few pages, I couldn't put it down. After a few chapters, i fell in love with Bard. This book is addicting!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780763631628
Author:
Croggon, Alison
Publisher:
Candlewick Press (MA)
Author:
Croggon, Allison
Author:
Carey, Janet Lee
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - Fantasy
Subject:
Legends, Myths, & Fables - General
Subject:
Fantasy
Subject:
Identity
Subject:
Imagination & Play
Subject:
Identity (psychology)
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Children s-Imagination and Play
Subject:
fantasy;fiction;young adult;magic;ya;pellinor;adventure;bards;quest;supernatural;identity;orphans;journey;high fantasy;children;novel;heroine;fantasy fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Pellinor Series
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
20060331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
12-17

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Product details 480 pages Candlewick Press (MA) - English 9780763631628 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A plentitude of action and plot surprises ensure a riveting read. Unbelievably fine, this book represents fantasy storytelling at its best."
"Review" by , "[A] challenging and fully realized epic adventure."
"Review" by , "Croggon's characters and environmental descriptions glow with a romantic sensibility and resonate beautifully with archetypal connections to Tolkien."
"Synopsis" by ,
An epic fantasy about dragons, dark secrets, Pendragons, and magic

On the southernmost tip of Wilde Island--far from the Dragonswood sanctuary and the Pendragon Castle--live the native Euit people. Uma, who is half Euit and half English, and not fully accepted by her tribe, wants to become a healer like her Euit father. But the mad English queen in the north, desperate for another child, kidnaps Uma and her father and demands that he cure her barrenness. After her father dies, Uma must ensure that the queen is with child by the time of the Dragon Moon, or be burned at the stake.

Terrified and alone, Uma reaches out to her only possible ally: the king's nephew Jackrun, a fiery dragonrider with dragon, fairy, and human blood. Together, they must navigate through a sea of untold secrets, unveil a dark plot spawned long ago in Dragonswood, and find a way to accept all the elements--Euit, English, dragon, and fairy--that make them who they are.

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