Wednesday, May 22, 2013

OSW Readalong May: The Naming

Old School Wednesdays Book Club

The OSW Readalong:

Old School Wednesdays is a weekly feature on their blog where Ana and Thea review books at least 5 years old.  Due to the overwhelming response in March to the idea, the Readalong was created.  At the beginning of each month a poll will go live with 5 books as suggestions for the next month's book, at the end of 2 weeks they will announce the title chosen by the readers for the next month.

May's chosen book is The Naming by Alison Croggon, the first book in the "The Books of Pellinor" quartet detailing how a young girl with an extraordinary gift is set to save her world from an untold evil.  What makes the book interesting is, much like Jane Yolen's "The Books of Great Alta", Croggon presents Maerad's story as something that happened, but was lost to time.  "A new translation of an ancient text" as the website puts it.

Maerad is a slave in a desperate and unforgiving settlement, taken there as a child after her family is destroyed in war. She is unaware that she possesses a powerful gift, one 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 unfold. Now she and her new teacher must survive a journey through a time and place where the forces they battle stem from the deepest recesses of otherworldly terror.

Free Prequel Short Story "The Friendship"
The Book Smugglers Discussion Post
The Books of Pellinor Website
Teacher's Discussion Guide
Alison Croggon's Website
Reimkennar: Alison Croggon's Blog
Alison Croggon's Twitter