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The Gift (Pellinor) (original 2002; edition 2004)

by Alison Croggon

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Title:The Gift (Pellinor)
Authors:Alison Croggon
Info:Walker Books Ltd (2004), Paperback, 496 pages
Collections:Your library, Traded
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Maedra is a sixteen year old slave when this story begins. She has survived by letting people believe that she is a witch, cursing those who try to take advantage of her. When she meets Bard Cadvan she learns that she may have some power after all, more than she even imagined. I read this in a day, and can't wait to get Book 2 in the series. ( )
  mlake | Apr 28, 2015 |
couldn't finish reading. too uninteresting and boring and tedious. ( )
  ayliang | Jun 11, 2014 |
T'was great - fab imagery and well-build characters. Enjoyed it and wouldn't mind reading the sequel... ( )
  wendyburrill | Mar 3, 2014 |
I love Alison Croggon's "Pellinor" series. The characters are deep, multi-faceted and memorable, and the story carries you avidly wherever she wishes to take you. I've read "The Naming" twice and intend to read the others in the series again, as well. ( )
  JaneStarwood | Apr 28, 2013 |
(Note to self): I think I read this one before. Don't think it grabbed me.
  Capnrandm | Apr 15, 2013 |
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One is the singer, hidden from sunlight

Two is the seeker, fleeing from shadows

Three is the journey, taken in danger

Four are the riddles, answered in treesong:

Earth, fire, water, air Spells you OUT!--Traditional Annaren nursery rhyme Annaren Scrolls, Library of Busk
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For Josh
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For almost as long as she could remember, Maerad had been imprisoned behind walls.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0763631620, Paperback)

Australian poet Alison Croggon brings an eye for sensual detail to this heroic fantasy that follows the genre's familiar formula: A humble person is caught up in extraordinary events and led (or sent) on a journey by a wise figure, only to discover eventually that he/she is destined to save the world in an ultimate confrontation between the powers of good and evil. In this case the young person is sixteen-year-old Maedra, who is rescued from slavery by the Bard Cadvan. They share an exhausting journey toward Innail, one of the Bard schools and strongholds that govern the land, and Maedra grows to trust Cadvan as he reluctantly reveals his magical powers in several ambushes from evil creatures. But under duress she, too, begins to discover that she has a Gift--and more. After she has learned to read, ride a horse, and handle a sword at Innail, they set out on another dangerous trek to the prestigious city of Norloch, where Cadvan hopes to consult with his mentor Nelac to confirm his conviction that Maerad is the One who was Foretold. Many other characters and creatures come into this tale, as well as mystical intimations and dreams, and lavish descriptions of landscape, food, clothes, and room furnishings. In the tradition of Tolkien, a whole history of an ancient language and culture undergirds the story, and Croggon has even provided appendices of that history, a pronunciation guide, and an invented bibliography of her sources. Die-hard fantasy fans who can forgive its slow pace will enjoy this richly imagined story and look forward to its sequel, The Riddle. (ages 12 and up) --Patty Campbell

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A manuscript from the lost civilization of Edil-Amarandah chronicles the experiences of sixteen-year-old Maerad, an orphan gifted in the magic and power of the Bards, as she escapes from slavery and begins to learn how to use her Gift to stave off the evil Darkness that threatens to consume her world.… (more)

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