I’m sorry for the lack of posts, I’ve been uber [lol funny word] busy with school, work, tennis, so on. I hurt my knee playing tennis, it randomly starts hurting and gets all stiff when I walk and run. Tennis knee? =p
Book Review; The Gift by Alison Croggon
It’s hard to believe The Gift, first released in 2002 in Australia and released as The Naming in the United States of America, is Alison Croggor’s first fantasy novel. For a first-timer, Alison has done an exceptional job in crafting her novel.
The Pellinor series, of which The Gift is the first instalment, is a retelling of “The Riddle of the Treesong” of the fictional world of Edil-Amarandh.
The novel revolves around 16 year old Maerad of Pellinor. For as long as she can remember, Maerad has been a slave at Gilman’s Cot. She remembers her mother, Milana, dying at Gilman’s Cot, and her father and brother, Cai, being killed at her old town of Pellinor when it was being destroyed. Her life consists of nothing more than toiling away at the Cot and playing her beloved lyre. That is, until the mysterious Cadvan appears.
Seemingly out of nowhere, Cadvan walks up to Maerad at the Cot, offering to help her escape. To her bewilderment, it seems the tough guards have not seen Cadvan enter the gates of Gilman’s Cot at all, but she somehow trusts the kind-eyed stranger.
This sudden decision brings about knowledge about who she really is. Maerad is not just a slave. Maerad is a bard with an incredible power. Cadvan and Maerad rush to the School of Innail with the hope that Maerad can receive a good Bard education, but it is not all good news as the Dark attacks.
I must commend Alison for writing a very enjoyable novel with a good, solid and unique plot and writing with such beautiful and immense detail. However, compared to the only book that received a perfect rating, The Gift just doesn’t have that “wow” factor.
Despite this, it is a truly great book.
Rating – 4.5/5