The Naming

The Naming

Book - 2005
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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.
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2005.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780763626396
Branch Call Number: YA Crog
Characteristics: xv, 492 p. : map ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Croggon, Alison 1962- Gift.


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Feb 09, 2015

The Naming is hands down one of the best fantasy books ever read, and remains seemingly undiscovered by the general populous. The plot is mellow, with hints of action to keep you content, increasing throughout the plot. Much pondering, and an amazing relationship between Maerad and Cadvan. RECOMMENDED HIGHLY.
If you enjoy this read, you'll also love Black Spring, also by Alison Croggon and available at KCLS.

Jul 17, 2013

The Naming is one of my favorite books out there and i'm flabbergasted that i had thoughts on not reading this book when a friend gave it to me earlier this year. I found The Naming to be a book i couldn't put down, and if on a rare occasion i did i would be thinking of what would happen next on Maerad's journey (which is her trying to find out who she really is,learning about the world that she was taken from and these magical powers she possess) which would then leave me the choice of pulling out my hair wondering whats going to happen next or pick up the book and continue reading! This book has one thrilling,super amazing, jam packed storyline with so many twists and turn it will sure keep you on you feet! Can't wait to read the others in this series! I'm scared to think this might be just as fantastic or even more then The Hunger Games :o

Aug 22, 2012

The Naming was a great fantasy about a slave girl who learns about her forgotten heritage and magical powers. The plot contains many unexpected twists and turns, the writing was fantastic, and the characters were developed and believable.

Donnalee Smith May 12, 2012

What a shame that this great teen fantasy series by an Australian author hasn't become more popular. This is the first book of a four book series and it has it all: fantasy, adventure, intrigue, compelling characters, amazing, detailed settings, and fascinating storylines. The best part is the strong, central female character, Maerad. If you liked "The Hunger Games" because of its strong female lead, you may also like this series, which I actually enjoyed far more than "The Hunger Games". This is one of the best fantasy series I have read in a long time and I highly recommend it for teens or for anyone else who loves a great, original, thrilling, fantasy series.

Oct 01, 2011

This book was jam packed with everything that's needed for an amazing read! It has the sad story in the past, the action, the love, and so much more. I loved this book, and the series altogether!

Aug 15, 2011

Probably one of the best fantasy series I've read. Up there with Tolkien and Guy Gavriel Kay for sure. It was a bit of an adjustment reading about a strong female character at first, but soon became enthralled with the story. It's not just a typical fantasy at all and I found myself quite engaged with the characters. Waiting at each turn to see what happens next. I cannot recommend this series enough. I know it is in the young adult section, but if you want to read something you cannot put down, this is it. 9.5 out of 10.

Apr 20, 2011

This book was so good. I can't wait to read the rest. I love how bards can talk to animals.

Mar 19, 2011

The first book in my absolute favorite series. Wonderfully rich and fascinating characters. I love the action with a little romance thrown in without it being sappy. Wonderfully full, rich, book with lots of detail. Love it!

Nov 01, 2010

This is defitnetly an amazing book! Thrilling and detailed :D!
I recommend with anyone who likes fantasy, romance and a growth development in main characters!

May 31, 2010

First book of four following the world of barding, a magical art used for good ,but being abused in the new age of Edil-Amarandah. I especially liked how they didn't focus too much on the romance and kept the action going.


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Jul 17, 2013

catch_me_if_u_can thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

Jun 16, 2010

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Jul 15, 2008

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Jun 16, 2014

Maerad is sixteen years old and a slave at gilman's cot. With the help of Cadvan she escapes with her lyre. Little does she know she is from pellinor a school of barding . It was destroyed in her childhood

Jul 15, 2008

A slave for an evil king, a girl named Maerad is rescued and trained to become a bard. She soon realises that she has more power than anyone originally thought.


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