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It’s now the part of reading The Books of Pellinor I’m really looking forward to! Each month for each of the books in The Pellinor series we’ll be talking about all the things we loved and some of the questions we may have. This month is the first in the series The Naming by Alison Croggon, please take a look at my review posted earlier today. Feel free to add any questions or comments you might have below, or in your own discussion post and then make sure you link up your posts below! So, lets get started!

  1. What did you think about the introduction to the book and the possibility of its basis in reality?
    It’s such an interesting concept. I’m actually quite intrigued by the possibility of more research that could be done beyond solely reading the series of books Croggon has written. Even if the reality isn’t much like the books I’m definitely interested in how it would enhance the actual reading of the books.
  2. What did you think of the characters? Primarily Maerad, but also the supporting cast as well.
    For me, the characters were what stood out in the story. I loved the fast pace of the journey of Maerad, but it was the characters that really affected me.

    At times Maerad’s character actually grated on me a bit surprisingly, and it helped to know the author wasn’t American actually. It was the way she held back so much that at times became bothersome, but I always understood why – her enslavement early on in her life. I’m also aware that American’s (myself included) are often to eager to purge their inner most feelings, unlike some other cultures which no doubt played an effect in Maerad’s character.

  3. Was there any person in particular you cared for more than the others?
    Actually that’s a very tough choice, because I cared so much for them all and the ones that I didn’t I had very strong feelings against. If I had to chose favorites, it would definitely be Cadvan and Dernhil for their unfaltering loyalty to Maerad and in turn her connection to both.
  4. Having read the book, would you have made the choice Maerad did to leave Gilman’s Cot?
    Absolutely. Although, that may be influenced by the fact that I loved the journey Maerad embarks on after she leaves Gilman’s Cot. Besides, I can’t imagine her being satisfied with that life forever.
  5. Are you surprised by Maerad’s choice to leave with Cadvan knowing where she came from?
    Only a small amount. After reading her encounter with Dernhil when she was leaving Innail did I understand she held more apprehension inside her heart. Because at first it was difficult for me to see how she could trust a man so easily knowing the enslavement she’d endured thus far in her life.
  6. If you’ve read The Lord of the Rings Trilogy in part or in it’s entirety did you draw any similarities?
    Due to the fact that I’ve only been able to read a small portion of The Lord of the Rings I can’t conclusively draw similarities in the writing. Though, when I was trying to describe it to my husband I mentioned the story (The Naming) was a lot like reading the movie version of The Lord of the Rings, which happen to be some of my all-time favorite movies. Where I struggled with the text of The Lord of the Rings I had none of that problem with The Naming. It was engaging and beautifully written.
  7. The Naming is primarily a fantasy novel, how would you compare it to other popular fantasy novels out currently and to which ones?
    I’m not sure I’d compare it to any others outside of the obvious, The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. I’m sure there are others. The Pellinor series draws many of the same parallels with the discovering of new “powers” and the opposition from a much greater and darker force; which could probably be said about many books. Though this was quite possibly one of the absolute best I’ve ever read.
  8. What aspects of Allison Croggin’s writing did you enjoy the most or least?
    It was beautifully written, but not only that I didn’t have to ponder too much on each page. Though it was deep and extremely powerful I didn’t feel like Croggon had the need to make the book unmanageable to a teen audience. Which is one of the things I loved, I will definitely be passing the series along to many of the teens I know who love to read.

That’s all for this month! Thank you again to everyone who participates, I can’t wait to hear what you thought of this fantastic novel. Make sure to link your posts up below and check back again next month for our discussion of The Riddle which will be hosted over at Jessi’s site The Elliot Review.

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6 Responses to The Books of Pellinor Read-A-Long: The Naming Discusion and Link-Up

  1. Gina says:

    Oh, it’s great when an author makes you care for the characters. Really helps to draw you into the story even more. Sounds like this one has that down pat! Now…let’s see what book 2 holds in store….happy reading!

  2. Awesome post 🙂 Happy Friday!

  3. Suey says:

    I haven’t quite finished. Getting distracted by other books…. will post and link up as soon as I’m done! Will read your post more thoroughly when I’m done too! 🙂

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