|Submitted by Peter |
(May 14, 2006)
The Riddle is the second book in the Pellinor Series. The story continues where "The Gift” (first book of the series) finished off.
Maerad and Cadvan are now pursued by the light and dark as their quest continues to unravel the mysteries of the Treesong and bring balance and peace back to Edil-Amarandh.
The main two characters are Maerad and Cadvan. Maerad is the fated one, whose true name is Elednor, which means Fire Lily, who is fated to bring down the Nameless One and restore balance to Edil-Amarandh. Maerad has no immediate family except her brother Cai who was found in the Valverras Wastelands after his adopted family were killed by hulls (black bards). Maerad is sixteen years old and enjoys music (playing her lyre), reading and writing. Cadvan is Maerad’s mentor teaching her ways of the light and barding ways. Cadvan is a solitary person who isn’t comfortable in places with lots of people for long periods of time enjoys playing music.
“The Gift” and “The Riddle” take place in the fantasy world of Edil-Amarandh. This map does not contain all seven kingdoms.
The story picks up after Cadvan and Maerad flee from Norloch as they are declared rebels by Enkir, First bard of Norloch, who is responsible for the sacking of Pellinor (Maerad’s home). They flee via sea with the help of Owan a humble fisherman and trusted friend of Nelac, towards the capital of Thorold, Busk, where they seek more information on the Treesong. Not long after a messenger from Norloch arrives delivering an ultimatum that the seven kingdoms are to pledge their undivided loyalty or be declared rebels. Maerad and Cadvan are smuggled out of Thorold by faithful friends and head North as that is where all the clues are pointing to solving the riddle of the Treesong. On their arrival in Gent they travel Zmarkan in search of more information on the Treesong.
Things have been smooth with the occasional bump in the road which include the face off with an Ondril (a sea serpent), a hull leaving Thorold, a stormdog on the way to Gent, this leg of their journey won’t be as smooth as the others, hope will be lost, it will be found, it will be lost again, emotions will emerge, mistakes will be made, feelings will be confused, the future will look uncertain, then it will be crystal clear, there will be sadness, there will be happiness, there will be dangers and peril on every road and in every form.
It is up to Maerad and Cadvan to save life as they know it…
with the only thing the Dark doesn’t understand…
This book was extremely enjoyable due to the fact that it was well written with a lot of depth into the history, language, and characters. I also enjoyed the way Alison was able to incorporate her poetry into the story and history is this fantastic epic, making the world of Edil-Amarandh seem so very, very real. Language in this book would be more suited with moderate to advance readers as this book is mainly focused on young adults and adults. I would give this a 5/5 as I enjoyed this book immensely and in my eyes, it rivals “The Lord of the Rings” by J R.R Tolkien and “The Magician” series by Raymond E. Feist.