The Naming by Alison Croggon
The First Book of Pellinor
Candlewick Press: 2005.


0763626392 / 466pgs
First publishing in Australia under the title The Gift in 2002 by Penguin Books.
Includes appendices:

  • A Brief History of Edil-Amarandh
  • Of Annar and the Seven Kingdoms
  • Of the Bards: History, Society, and Culture
  • Notes for the Appendices

Includes the first chapter of The Riddle: The Second Book of the Pellinor



Maerad — 16 year old slave girl and orphan, rescued from her difficult and sorrowful life by Cadvan
Cadvan — a roaming bard, powerful, a truth-teller
Hem — an orphan boy with the gift of Speech rescued by Maerad and Cadvan after the family he was traveling with was killed by Hulls

Prequels, Sequels, Companion Books

The Riddle
The Crow
The Books of Pellinor quartet

Awards & Honors

LC Cataloging Info

Summary: A manuscript from the lost civilization of Edil-Amarndah chronicles the experiences of sixteen-year-old Maerad, an orphan gifted in the magic 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 the world.

{1. Supernatural — Fiction. 2. Magic — Fiction. 3. Identity — Fiction. 4. Orphans — Fiction. 5. Fantasy.}

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