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.
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Ok story, Overly Dramatic reading
I would not recommend this book to friends because of its predictability. On the other hand, I would recommend this book to struggling readers as the text is predictable and could be challenging to a young adult who needs help reading.
None of the characters seemed to have distinct personalities. Maerad, who has been a slave and suffered horribly, throws tantrums as if she is a coddled lordling. Cadvan seems to have no personality at all. Terrible characters.
Eloise Oxer's performance is something out of a very bad soap opera. She is overly dramatic and could be a good bit of the problem with the characters.
I bet this would be a book where the movie, under a decent director, could be MUCH better than the book.
Although I have been disparaging about the book and characters, I do intend to finish the trilogy because I can't leave things hanging. It will not be one series that I buy extra credits to listen to though. There are many better reads out there and many other books more worth a listen such as books on early Victorian dancing or even books about how grass grows.
- Elizabeth Short "TeacherMom"