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The Riddle: The Second Book of Pellinor (Pellinor Series)


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From School Library JournalGrade 9 Up—Maerad, who was rescued from slavery and became a Bard in Croggon"s The Naming (Candlewick, 2005), has her hands full here. Along with her tutor Cadvan, she has been charged with finding the Treesong, a source of power so ancient that nothing but the barest of rumors remain. Their journey is hounded by agents of a treacherous Bard professing to act in the name of the Light and by an enigmatic entity known as the Winterking, an ally of Maerad"s adversary, the Nameless One. At the same time, the protagonist struggles to understand the light and darkness within herself. Deep currents of sorrow, loneliness, and love run through this haunting epic fantasy; Maerad"s feelings of alienation and self-doubt will resonate with many adolescents. Appendixes help to further flesh out the characters and cultures of Croggon"s Edil-Amarandh, an engrossing world that fantasy aficionados will be eager to revisit.—Christi Voth, Parker Library, CO Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.Read moreFrom BooklistThe second volume of the Pellinor quartet, this fantasy tells of Maerad the Fated One, a bard whose destiny is to defeat the Nameless One by using the mysterious Treesong. Young Maerad embarks on a long quest to discover more about the Treesong while eluding, fending off, and (usually) escaping the agents of the Dark who pursue her. Sometimes accompanied by allies, sometimes alone, she continues to learn about herself and her magical powers as well as the world she must try to save. Croggon"s respect for Tolkien"s trilogy shows clearly in the book"s conception, structure, and long, appended backstory notes, but the vulnerable heroine, the language, and the vision are all her own. Although the dramatic tension lags a bit in the middle of this lengthy novel, that won"t deter series fans or others who long for high fantasy with a young woman in the spotlight. Carolyn PhelanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.Read moreSee all Editorial Reviews

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