The Books of Pellinor by Alison Croggon

“The Books of Pellinor” is a quartet by Alison Croggon, inspired by the “Naraudh Lar-Chanë,” the Riddle of the Treesong. This epic fantasy series is deeply rooted in traditional tales and myths, and it follows the journey of Maerad, a slave who discovers that she is the last of the Bards of Lirigon with a special destiny.

AuthorAlison Croggon
Number of Books4
Publication Years2002 – 2009

Main Characters

  • Maerad: The protagonist, a young girl with a tragic past and a powerful destiny as a Bard.
  • Cadvan: Maerad’s mentor and guide, a wise and experienced Bard.

Themes and Motif

  • Destiny and Self-discovery: Maerad’s journey from slave to powerful Bard is central to the series.
  • Good vs. Evil: The classic battle between light and darkness is a recurring theme.
  • Power of Music and Words: The series emphasizes the magical and transformative power of the Treesong, music, and language.
  • Friendship and Loyalty: Relationships, mentorship, and alliances play significant roles in the narrative.

The Books of Pellinor Series in Order:

S No.Book’s NameYear of PublicationBook’s Price
1The Naming (also known as The Gift)2002Check Price
2The Riddle2004Check Price
3The Crow2006Check Price
4The Singing2009Check Price


  • Critical Reception: “The Books of Pellinor” have been praised for their lyrical prose, rich world-building, and the depth of their characters.
  • Reader Reception: The series has been embraced by readers for its atmospheric setting, compelling narrative, and emotional depth.

Trivia and Fun Facts:

  • Alison Croggon’s background as a poet is evident in her lyrical writing style and the emphasis on the power of words and music in the series.
  • The world of Pellinor is richly detailed, with its own languages, cultures, and histories, drawing readers into its immersive landscape.

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Naveen Mehta

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