The Naming

The Naming By Alison Croggon, The Naming 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
  • Title: The Naming
  • Author: Alison Croggon
  • ISBN: 9780641925849
  • Page: 124
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Naming By Alison Croggon, 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 thatIn 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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    1. Alison Croggon

      Alison Croggon is the award winning author of the acclaimed fantasy series The Books of Pellinor You can sign up to her monthly newsletter and receive a free Pellinor story at alisoncroggonHer latest Pellinor book, The Bone Queen, was a 2016 Aurealis Awards Best Young Adult Book finalist Other fantasy titles include Black Spring shortlisted for the Young People s Writing Award in the 2014 NSW Premier s Literary Awards and The River and the Book, winner of the Wilderness Society s prize for Environmental Writing for Children.She is a prize winning poet and theatre critic,, and has released seven collections of poems As a critic she was named Geraldine Pascall Critic of the Year in 2009 She also writes opera libretti, and the opera she co wrote with Iain Grandage was Vocal Choral Work of the Year in the 2015 Art Music Awards Her libretto for Mayakovsky, score by Michael Smetanin, was shortlisted in the Drama Prize for the 2015 Victorian Premier s Literary Awards She lives in Melbourne

    798 thoughts on “The Naming”

    1. I really enjoyed this book, and I look forward to reading the next book It is a fairly standard fantasy story orphan is rescued from a horrible life and is found to be the holder of great power and the possible savior of the nation world There are bad guys and treachery and so on It is a bit uneven in places and there is a bit repetition that I would like, but otherwise quite good.My biggest quibble is not with the book but with the many reviewers, here and elsewhere, who compare it to The Lord [...]


    2. The Pellinor Series 5.5 10 The Naming Book One I found Alison s writing to be rather obvious, full of clich s, and on the whole unsatisfying When one of the main protagonists almost died, I found myself indifferent as the main characters were of a relatively uninteresting sort Her analogies were overused e.g eyes as wide as saucers The conversations seem contrived, and the emotional state of being of her protagonists are volatile and explicitly stated rather then revealed by the characters actio [...]


    3. If it weren t so good, I would say this book is a mixture of every other fantasy book on the block Test can you match each plot line with another famous work The chosen one is raised in a secluded farm, identity hiddenThe girl was trained in musicianship by the local bard, and her prodigious talent allows her to be named as a bard when she finally arrives at the schoolWhile travelling together, the neophyte receives instruction from a famous bard with a slightly sinister pastUnderstanding the wo [...]


    4. Remember when authors talked about landscapes, and you could tell that they might have actually stepped outside once or twice in their lives Remember when the male lead and the female lead in a YA book were allowed to develop a strong friendship and partnership, and any romance was left for the later books in the series Remember when male characters admired the beauty of female characters but didn t act like pigs about it Remember when not every YA novel featured a love triangle I remember two s [...]


    5. This book is very slow paced Most of it is a travel log of the scenery, and the level of detail is much than is needed Any potential tension is completely lost in these sections.I didn t feel like I knew or understood the world very well by the end We re told a great deal about the landscape, a bunch of intricate but insignificant objects furniture, etc , and some ancient history, but very little about the current history and politics which are supposedly driving the character s actions Note So [...]


    6. A great read, I thoroughly enjoyed it and have gone straight onto Book 2 in the series.A tale of a young woman rescued from slavery, who is found to be someone special with hidden talents Her rescuer helps her find out who she is and to develop her skills and talents Their journey is arduous, thrilling and fraught with danger at times A thrilling magical fantasy story and a great start to the series.


    7. I truly loved reading this book, and I re read it constantly The plot is teased out through out the book in an expert manner with characters that are believable and loveable With so many twists and revelations it would be easy for a lesser writer to waver, and yet The Naming or The Gift as I know it in the UK is an amazing work of fiction which captures my imagination and heart every time I read it A once slave is liberated from her morbid life and thrown head first into a battle between good an [...]


    8. The Naming is a traditional style fantasy with many familiar fantasy elements that are regardless fresh to my mind , although others might not think so This is an epic tale of the sort that made me love fantasy in the first place, and I can t say I mind the nostalgia for classic fantasy that this familiarity evokes In many ways it did remind me of the LOTR in the formal tone of the language, the songs, the descriptions of nature particularly woods , the mood that presses in on you from the memor [...]


    9. I LOVED these books If I could give them 10 stars, I would The writing was BEAUTIFUL I have never felt so at home in a book before as I felt in these Rich, vibrant descriptions and characters and amazing story


    10. I admit, I kind of judged a book by its cover with this one The cover art was pretty and the spine design was also pretty The blurb on the back cover made the book sound intriguing and I went home and read reviews The reviews for this book were mostly positive, so I thought, Hey, why not POTENTIAL SPOILERS READ AT OWN RISK.In a word, this book is boring So extremely slow going The book clocks in at nearly 500 pages While fantasy is known for its longer books, I ve read some books where the 500 p [...]


    11. The pace is not too slow, but not too quick The characters are not too bland, but not too unique The writing is good but not great But instead of being the baby bear of fantasy novels, this one ended up being very run of the mill I felt like I d read the story before the danger of reading too much in one genre , with nothing in this book making it really stand out I eventually got bored with it and stopped reading about two thirds through.


    12. Maerad is a slave in a desperate and unforgiving settlement, taken there as a child when her family is destroyed in ar She is unaware that she possesses a powerful Gift, a Gift that marks her as a member of the School of Pellinor It is only when she is discovered by Cadvan, one of the great Bards of Lirigon, that her true heritage and extraordinary destiny unfolds Now, she and her teacher Cadvn must survive a perilous journey through a time and place where the dark forces they battle with stem f [...]


    13. Not only was I seduced by the pretty uk version cover of this book which i listened to in a pricey audio format but it came highly recommend, so I really wanted to like this book and its fair to say I did like this bookbut only for a little while I liked this book very much at the start The setting in particular One cant help but wonder how our young Maerad, will escape and what clever way she will find to do so I found myself imagining the slave settlement a bit like the setting in the 90 s Ami [...]


    14. The Naming is from the coming of age genre, but is the I ve gotten through puberty and now am trying to figure out who I am and it would be easier if I were someone magical or famous or something other than I am now I suppose it is a book of self discovery, though that isn t quite right either The story is fairly straightforward and Potterian Maerad is an orphan slave girl with some unusual qualities that have kept her from being victimized as most of the young female slaves are Then she meets [...]


    15. 4.5 I greatly loved reading this one, I kept it on hold for a little while, but now I m glad I decided to finished it Now, this is what I call High Fantasy There is no shame in not knowing something, he said gently The shame is in not being willing to learn Wow.just wow We follow our protagonist, Maerad, a very helpless slave desperately trying to stay alive in the world of evil, with lovely hidden talents Then comes Cadvan, who s character is the most inspiring in the entire book He comes and r [...]


    16. 2.5 starsThis one s going to be a tough one to review This book was very well written with incredible world building and even an appendix at the back explaining the history of the world further Which I liked as I always love to get into a good fantasy world, but I felt things could have been edited down a bit Like the descriptions, I felt this book described non magical everyday situations in far too much detail when only a brief description was needed I also felt the characters could have had [...]


    17. This book had a very old fashioned feel to it By that I mean it was written in a similar fashion to Lord of the Rings I quite enjoyed it Full review to come


    18. This is just a QUICK REVIEW of my thoughts on the book Largely boring and very typical orphan girl of mysterious parentage discovers she has magical powers, is shunned by her peers, goes on a journey with traveling mage warrior and lives at his house Maybe not quite exactly, but I remember it was very clich , largely uninteresting and the journey went on FOREVER look at this tree, there s another tree, oh see another tree Gave it up as not worth reading couldn t understand why everyone likes it [...]


    19. This was an interesting series to me when I read it It contained intriguing characters and despite having been set in the YA fiction section it read like it was targeted at a slightly older readership Its monsters, its world, its villains and its prophecies were like The Lord of the Rings but were their own creature.I still remember the creatures that were so well described And the idea of how the titular character s gift worked was fascinating compared to magic systems I ve encountered since I [...]


    20. The Naming is the beginning of Alison Croggon s well received Books of the Pellinor, a young adult fantasy trilogy centered around the land of Edil Amarandh Reading through the appendices reveals that Edil Amarandh precedes Atlantis as a mythical continent that simply disappeared presumably, of course, this is all Croggon s creation, but at least it s an interesting way to bring the Books of the Pellinor to the real world As the first book in a trilogy it does a fine job establishing the plot an [...]


    21. I found this book by chance at the university book store and cannot express how happy I am that I did I have been craving a good series since the end of Harry Potter and this book definitely got me hooked.This is a fantasy adventure novel that reminds me in many ways of The Lord of the Rings trilogy However in this series you have the young Bard, Maerad, as the heroine who follows the classic plot line of a diamond in the rough destined to save her world from the utter destruction of the Nameles [...]


    22. Basically every fantasy owes its existence to Lord of the Rings, but some take it to a whole new level The Naming is straight up LOTR with Chosen One plot Most of the characters and settings have direct parallels to LOTR, and not even in the archetype way You can say that Dumbledore and Gandalf fill the same mold, but Lady Ardina and Galadriel are the same person Also Hulls are Black Riders And Nameless One Psssshhhaw his name is Sauron And Cadvan s past comes beat for beat from Wizard of Earths [...]


    23. The Naming has some great adventure and I like the characters, though they re not as developed as I d like It felt like this book was of an introduction to the coming books, a setting of the scene introducing the many characters and the conflict It s a sloooow moving book, to be sure.Nice vocabulary but an overuse of exclamation points And you know how I am biased towards those who overuse exclamation points This is a book for adolescents I wonder how well it goes over with them There s so much [...]



    24. Originally reviewed on The Book SmugglersAna s take I d seen The Naming around and was intrigued by it but not enough to actually pick it up I was glad when this showed up in the OSW recommendations.The Naming was a weird book for me to read It had tons of potential tropes and scenarios I am familiar and comfortable with plus the fact that the main character was a girl when often boys happen to be Chosen Ones But I had a really hard time with the book because it was so boring and I just couldn t [...]


    25. This is such a detailed high fantasy that could ve been too dense for me if the writing was different I really liked this author s writing it just flowed so well for me I know some of the politics, relationships and magic went over my head so I ll have to reread it once I pick up the sequels I think this book and most other fantasies use very similar tropes orphaned slave who thinks brother is dead but I didn t find myself rolling my eyes or anything I did laugh though when she used the secret t [...]


    26. I m being generous by giving this book 3 stars I think it s probably of a 2 1 2, and that s only because it did get better at the end.The keyword for this book is slow Everything about this book is very slow paced Now, I don t always mind a slower pace, as long as we re given something to fill up that time If it s a slow book plot wise, but has interesting characters and character development, then I can be ok with that But we don t really learn a lot about the characters What we do learn a lot [...]


    27. Premise Girl has never known anything but the life of a slave when a mysterious man claiming to be a Bard offers to take her away to a new life, she leaves without another thought Urgh This is only sort of a review I didn t finish this book I was skeptical from the start, when the prose lurched awkwardly between too cliche and too purple The mixed metaphors made me wince Freedom was a fantasy she gnawed obsessively in her few moments of leisure, like an old bone with just a trace of meat, and li [...]


    28. It was what many made it out to be A very, very, very, very, detailed world with a very, very, very, very detailed history, sporting some very, very, very, very long appendices which I hadn t bothered to read What I enjoyed most were Croggon s poems she is indeed talented in that area Her characters were allright stereotypical, but allright Most of the time her long descriptions rolled off me like water, and my impatience would cause my eyes to jump to the bottom of the next page And then I d fo [...]


    29. This book borders on a 3 star and 4 star for me, so in truth, a 3.5.The story is about Maerad, who we meet as a slave in Gilman s Cot Maerad wasn t always a slave though She was born in a place called Pellinor, but Pellinor was ransacked and lost, and she and her mother were taken as slaves Maerad knows there is something special about her, and uses it to start stories about how she is a witch to keep potential trouble away One day, a man comes into Gilman s Cot A man no one else can see Her cha [...]


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