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The Riddle: The Second Book of Pellinor

Alison Croggon.
Publisher Candlewick  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.75 x 1.6 inches
ISBN 9780763630157
Pages/Publication Date 490/2006
Daedalus Item Code 13750
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Maerad is a girl with a tragic and bitter past, though her powers grow stronger by the day, in this second novel in this rich fantasy series. 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 strangely alluring Winterking—the ally of her most powerful enemy, the Nameless One. Alison Croggon's powerful fantasy series for readers 12 and up is presented as a new translation of an ancient text depicting the rich and complex landscape of Annar, a legendary world. This lavishly produced novel includes maps, appendices, notes, and a pronunciation guide.

"Maerad, who was rescued from slavery and became a Bard in Croggon's The Naming, 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."—School Library Journal

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