The Naming by Alison Croggon
The First Book of Pellinor (Pellinor Series)

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It holds a whole cast of colorful character, both good and evil and brings people together for a common goal, to protect their way of life.
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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.
 

About Alison Croggon

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Alison Croggon is an award-winning Australian poet whose work has been published extensively in anthologies and magazines around the world. Her plays and opera libretti have been produced in Australia, and she is also an editor and critic. She began to write the books of Pellinor when her oldest son, Joshua, was reading fantasy. "I had forgotten how much I loved this stuff when I was a kid, and Josh's reading reminded me," she says. "My first real ambition as a child was to write a fantasy novel. One day I sat down and started writing a story. I had no idea what would happen, but one character appeared, and then another, and before long I had to finish the story to find out what happened." That story was THE NAMING. She says she was surprised by how the book seemed to unfold, already formed, before her. "Perhaps it's been waiting to be written for thirty years." Alison Croggon lives in Melbourne, Australia, with her playwright husband and their three children.
 
Published December 7, 2010 by Candlewick. 530 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Arts & Photography. Fiction
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Reviewed by Kelly Atwood on Oct 22 2010

It holds a whole cast of colorful character, both good and evil and brings people together for a common goal, to protect their way of life.

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Reviewed by Heather Fawcett on Nov 03 2010

Alison Croggon’s, The Naming, is a beautifully written, epic fantasy novel that will leave readers eager for the next book in the Pellinor series.

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Reviewed by Sarah Sawtelle on May 10 2008

With a captivating plot and descriptive imagery, THE NAMING is both familiar and fresh in its originality. The concept of a lost manuscript makes the story seem strongly realistic while imaginative.

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