In the classic spirit of epic fantasy comes this glittering saga of a young girl who learns she possesses an uncanny gift - and is destined to use it to save her world from a terrifying evil.

Maerad is a slave in a desperate and unforgiving settlement, taken there as a child when her family is destroyed in war. She doesn't yet know she has inherited a powerful gift, one that marks her as a member of the noble School of Pellinor and enables her to see the world as no other can. It is only when she is discovered by Cadvan, one of the great Bards of Lirigon, that her true identity and extraordinary destiny unfold. Now, she and her mysterious teacher must embark on a treacherous, uncertain journey through a time and place where the forces of darkness wield an otherworldly terror. 

The first book in a projected quartet, Alison Croggon's epic about Maerad and her remarkable yet dangerous
gift is a beautiful, unforgettable tale. Presented as a new translation of an ancient text, THE NAMING evokes the rich and complex landscape of Annar, a legendary world just waiting to be discovered.


Shortlisted in Horror and Fantasy Categories in the 2002 Aurealis Awards for Speculative Fiction


A Childrens Book Council of Australia Notable Book








“A magical story that is reminiscent in many ways of Tolkien, this is a tale with passionate, inspiring characters, an enchanting protagonist, and vividly described landscapes. A powerful story that marks the beginning of a great series of fantasy novels.”

— The Bookseller, UK


“A ripping read... Fantasy-tastic!”

 Herald Sun, Australia


“Unbelievably fine, this book represents fantasy storytelling at its best.” 



“Rich and passionate...Supremely satisfying.”

— Starred review, KIRKUS


“It's a narrative of beauties and terrors, craftily and compellingly wrought.”

— The Bulletin, Australia



"This is an epic fantasy in the Tolkien tradition, with
a strong girl hero who is entirely believable in her struggles to master herself and learn the secrets of
her identity. I couldn't put
it down!"

 — Tamora Pierce  









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