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The Riddle: The Second Book of Pellinor (Pellinor Series) Hardcover – August 8, 2006

4.6 out of 5 stars 74 customer reviews
Book 2 of 5 in the Pellinor Series

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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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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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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: 5.9 x 1.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,135,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Maerad is a girl with a tragic past, but her powers grow stronger by the day. Now she and her mentor, Cadvan, hunted by both the Light and the Dark, must unravel the Riddle of the Treesong before their kingdom erupts in chaos. The quest leads Maerad over terrifying seas and glacial wilderness, until she is trapped in the icy realm of the seductive Winterking. There, Maerad must confront what she has suspected all along: that she is the greatest riddle of all. Book two continues Maerad's story but takes her down a darker road. Her powers are growing but her knowledge and experience are lacking. Her mentor and companion, Cadvan, can only guide her so far. Her journey is sad and sometimes terrifying and Maerad must travel almost to the brink of despair. Words cannot express the wonder of this series! The characters come alive. I never want it to end!
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Format: Audible Audio Edition Verified Purchase
This review is specifically directed at the audible audiobook version. I love the Pellinor series, enough that I have been listening to them via audible on my long drives to work. The narrator does a great job, it's the same one from The Naming. My main problem is that the chronology of the story does not follow the chapter sequence in the printed book. This is obviously an error as the changes make no sense; if you go to the audible website there are several reviews commenting on the discrepancy. It's very frustrating. I contacted audible directly and they stated that it is a publishing error...
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed this book. It continues the action from The Naming, you definitely don't feel a let down even in this second novel. Myraed has plenty of adventures and learns a lot. She meets cool new characters, and by the end you will be excited to read the third book. Enjoy!
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The story is getting more exciting and perilous as our young heroine is separated from her teacher in the frozen land up north. The land is dangerous but mysterious at the same time, with new and strange characters at any turn. A great read.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This 2nd book in the Pellinor series was much better than the 1st book! Having read the 1st book, I knew the characters, the background, etc which made this a much easier read than the 1st book. Have a box of Kleenex ready! This book also had a more finished ending than the 1st book. I enjoyed reading this on my Kindle. The author uses creative writing & my Kindle allowed me to look up some of the words. Beware if you are reading on Kindle that the book ends at only 91%. This book didn't seem to get as bogged down in the descriptive narrative as the 1st book. I did almost no skimming, enjoying the reading of every word. That may have been because having read the 1st book I knew the territory.
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