July 20, 2010

Pellinor Series – The Riddle – by Alison Croggan

The second book in the Pellinor Series, The Riddle by Alison Croggan starts out where The Naming left off. Maerad and Cadvan are being hunted by both the Light and the Dark and while seeking the Treesong, discover more than they ever thought possible.

Book Description
“Maerad is a girl with a tragic and bitter 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 fractured kingdom erupts in chaos. The quest leads Maerad over terrifying seas and vast stretches of glacial wilderness, ever closer to the seductive Winterking -- ally of her most powerful enemy, the Nameless One. Trapped in the Winterking's icy realm, Maerad must confront what she has suspected all along: that she is the greatest riddle of all. A sequel to THE NAMING, this second book in a captivating quartet about the ancient world of Edil-Amarandh is a sweeping epic readers won't soon forget.
A young woman embraces her power -- and her destiny -- as the thrilling quest begun in THE NAMING continues!”
– The Riddle

My Thoughts
Maerad and Cadvan are journeying to find the Treesong, yet they don’t know what it is exactly or where they can find it. Yet, it seems to be their only lead on helping to save the Light from the Dark forces of the Nameless One.

As they journey to the North, they find that the Winterking himself is pursuing them and is doing all he can to take them down. In one of their battles he even succeeds in splitting apart Maerad and Cadvan.

It is through the journey that Maerad ends up taking alone (with the help of her Elemental side) that really starts taking the wild ride for this book. Just when you think things couldn’t get any crazier (in a good way) – they do!

I highly recommend The Riddle. The Pellinor Series is an amazing experience for all those who read it. I do however suggest reading the first book, The Naming before reading The Riddle. It just makes everything so much clearer when starting from the beginning.

* Thank you to the publisher of The Riddle, Candlewick Press for providing me with a copy for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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