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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 920L (What's this?)
  • Series: Pellinor Series (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; Second Edition edition (August 8, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763630152
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763630157
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.9 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #659,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 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
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From Booklist

The 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 Phelan
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More About the Author

Alison Croggon writes in many genres, including criticism, theatre and prose. She is the author of the acclaimed young adult fantasy quartet, The Books of Pellinor. The first volume, The Gift, was nominated in two categories in the Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction in December 2002 and named one of the Notable Books of 2003 by the Children's Book Council of Australia. The US edition, The Naming, was judged a Top Ten Teen Read of 2005 by the editors of Her new novel, Black Spring, is due for publication in 2012. In 2009, she was named Geraldine Pascall Critic of the Year for her theatre criticism. She is a prize winning poet, described by the Australian Book Review as "one of the most powerful lyric poets writing today."

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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Jamie E. Malone on September 6, 2005
Format: Paperback
The Naming to The Riddle, Maerad's frantic life is becoming crazier by the minute. The second book of Pellinor gives just as many twists and turns as The Naming. Maerad and her teacher Cadvan seem to become closer, though not even Maerad can ignore her strange powers any longer. And, though these powers could help save the Light, they might not be all good. Maerad begins to fear herself even more. Cadvan and Maerad's realtionship is on the brink. Though, that is not the only thing plagueing Maerad's mind. There is a war starting down South where her brother is staying. Also, Cadvan and Maerad have been given the impossible task of finding the Treesong. If this seems like not enough adventure, then just wait. The very powerful Winterking is hunting them down through his strong army of strange creatures and humans. Will Cadvan and Maerad be able to survive with both of their lives? You'll know once you read The Riddle by Alison Croggen. If you like this book, I hope you are just as excited as I am for the next book of Pellinor, "The Crow".
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By N. Burt VINE VOICE on September 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book continues the story of The Naming and is just as good. The story moves just a tad slower then the first, but it is sill very interesting and does not lose the reader. The relationships in the book are deepening and stress is causing everyone to grow up. The book is aptly named the riddle as the story is getting more complicated and very little is being resolved. That being said this book does not have one of those killer cliff-hanger ending that drive you crazy. In stead you be sitting on your hands because you miss the characters so much!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. Clark on August 25, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Quests always seem to involve a hefty main dish of impossible riddles to unravel, with sides of identity questions, irreconcilable loss and unforeseen love. Maerad, the enigmatic heroine of this aptly titled sequel to The Naming, struggles with all of these things. Her relationships with her mentor and teacher Cadvan, Ardina, the Ice King and others play out as the background for some original, suspenseful and fascinating adventures. Maerad's evolution as a powerful mage and and as a powerful young woman was very gripping - I couldn't put the book down, and reread the ending three times!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Teen Reads on January 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
THE RIDDLE picks up where THE NAMING left off: chaos reigns in Annar and now Maerad and her mentor Cadvan are in exile and on the run from the Light and the Dark. For Maerad, it is a bitter reminder of her early childhood --- betrayed by an old enemy and separated once again from her younger brother Cai, now known as Hem, who has gone to Turbask with the kind Saliman. For Cadvan, it seems that the Balance he has worked hard to help maintain is about to be broken.

With the help of Owan d'Aroki and his boat, The White Owl, Cadvan and Maerad travel to the Isle of Thorold to visit the School of Busk, where Cadvan seeks to find knowledge that could help unravel The Riddle of the Treesong, which may be the answer to restoring the delicate balance between the Light and the Dark. There, Maerad is introduced to the lively Thoroldians and meets the old Bard Elenxi and the First Bard Nerili, both old friends of Cadvan. While Cadvan searches for clues about the Treesong, Maerad continues her studies of Barding and welcomes the lively atmosphere of Busk.

Then Midsummer Day arrives and something goes wrong during an ancient ceremony, causing Cadvan and Maerad to go into hiding once again. While waiting for news from their allies about what is happening in the other Kingdoms, Cadvan and Maerad discover a surprising clue about the Treesong, one that gives them more questions than answers.

Meanwhile, Maerad discovers powers that neither she nor Cadvan could have predicted. As the quest intensifies, Maerad begins to have doubts about herself and her true purpose, which threaten her relationship with Cadvan.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By H. Glaze on April 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
First of all... I never intended to write a review. I have better things to do - but I was drawn in by several people's commenting on how Maerad is so whiny and selfish. For crying out loud, people, she's a human! Every single human being on this earth (and imaginary ones) have faults and make mistakes. Just because we've read so many books in which the heroine is unrealistically perfect doesn't mean that Maerad is some kind of pariah. Yes, I admit that when she and Cadvan had difficulties it bothered me a bit - I don't like [that kind of] conflict in a book, but doesn't everyone fight? I imagine that if we all were the "Chosen One" we would also feel sorry for ourselves [why me? Oh, boo-hoo, I'm so lonely up here at the top] and feel the pressure - everyone's expecting us to save the world. So give poor Maerad a break and complain about something else. (Like the obvious cliches you always see. Now THERE'S a legitimate complaint.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Kusel on August 5, 2007
Format: Paperback
Most Riddles frustrate me; meet the exception. Alison's second entry in her Pellinor series almost seems to play like a fairy tale. Not the grossly downplayed kind we have in our animated DVD collections, but rather the old stories they were based upon: full of fantastical elements as well as tales of consequence and morality. What strikes me as real within the pages of this novel were the feelings of the characters. Not particularly predisposed or predetermined, it rang with a sense of realism. At the same time, it engrosses those who favor the fantasy genre for it's magical elements. The magic bring to life the sense of wonder and enchantment to a very human tale.
For the duration of it's page count, Alison's story swept my world away and deliciously ate at my usual sleep schedule, and only with the gray and blue hues of the approaching dawn was I forced to put down this wonderful piece of fiction. You will be hard pressed to dislike this book if you are remotely intrigued by it's premise.
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