Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Author: Alison Croggon
Rating: 4 stars
Summary: Maerad is a slave in a desperate and unforgiving settlement, taken there as a child when her family is destroyed in war. She doesn’t yet know she has inherited a powerful gift, one that marks her as a member of the noble School of Pellinor and enables her to see the world as no other can. It is only when she is discovered by Cadvan, one of the great Bards of Lirigon, that her true identity and extraordinary destiny unfold. Now, she and her mysterious teacher must embark on a treacherous, uncertain journey through a time and place where the forces of darkness wield an otherworldly terror.
Review: Ah. A good old magic in a medivel setting. I haven't read a book like this in forever; dystopian and steam punk has taken over. Maerad has lived almost all of her life as a slave in Gilman's Cot until she is rescued by Cadvan, a great Bard. While they do address it at one point, I felt that Maerad adjusted far too quickly to Annar for someone who has lived cut of from the world for so long. Also, they talk about Maerad getting her first period and Silvia gives her some special potion for cramps. It would make sense to include that if the potion was used for something important to the book like the defeating an evil guy or saving someone, but it wasn't. But those are the only bad things I can think of, and the good parts far outweigh them. The best part is that there are four books, all of which have aready come out!