|Submitted by Milana |
(Sep 13, 2010)
The Gift, which is also known as The Naming, is a popular fantasy novel by Alison Croggon. It follows Maerad, a young yet Gifted girl with Bardic powers. She lives as a slave until she is found by Cadvan, an experienced Bard who is amazed by her natural power. He takes her to what she thinks is safety, but along the way Maerad discovers that the good Bards, like Cadvan, who follow the Light, are about to go to war with the Dark forces of the Nameless One. To Maerad's horror, she is recognized as the Chosen One who will defeat the Dark. Although Maerad is strong, she is ignorant and confused. Under the guidance of Cadvan she learns about her powers and hears of the Treesong, a magical but mysterious musical force that she is foretold to discover. The only thing Maerad discovers is a brother whom she had long thought dead. Although Maerad and her brother, Hem, are parted, Maerad is ready to fight for the Light. So, her adventure to discover the Treesong begins in a magical but dangerous world while her brother is taken to Suderain in the South.
The book is written in a very descriptive poetry-like fashion and is often accompanied by songs and poems that Maerad discovers. The descriptions of the many places she visits are vivid and the characters are very realistic and passionate.
The book is very engaging and is a perfect example of modern fantasy.