A gripping epic fantasy prequel to the award-winning Books of Pellinor series by Alison Croggon.Cadvan of Lirigon, one of the most brilliant Bards of his generation, has been exiled for a terrible crime that unleashed the power of the Bone Queen and wrought destruction across Annar. Meanwhile, in Lirigon, several unnerving events suggest that the Dark is growing in strength once again, and that the Bone Queen may yet lurk in the world. If he is to save both the living and the dead, Cadvan must once again face the evil that almost destroyed him.Critically acclaimed fantasy author Alison Croggon introduces readers to the world of Pellinor in this compelling story of Cadvan's struggle for redemption.Alison Croggon's fantasy quartet, The Books of Pellinor, has been steadily growing in popularity worldwide since the first volume was released in Australia in 2002. It has now sold more than three quarters of a million copies worldwide. The Gift(published in the US as The Naming), was shortlisted for two Aurealis Awards, is a CBCA Notable Book and was voted a Top Ten Teen Read of 2005 by the editors at amazon.com. Praise for the Books of Pellinor'An epic fantasy in the Tolkien tradition.' Tamora Pierce'A tale with passion, inspiring characters, an enchanting protagonist and vividly described landscapes ... will delight fans of Garth Nix.' The Bookseller'The writing is the closest I've found to the feel of Lord of the Rings . . . I wanted to slow down and appreciate each portion of the character's journey.' Trudi Canavan,The Magicians' Guild'Unbelievably fine . . . fantasy storytelling at its best.' VOYA, US'Rich and passionate . . . Supremely satisfying' - Starred review, KIRKUS'A narrative of beauties and terrors, craftily and compellingly wrought.' The Bulletin'A ripping read . . . Fantasy-tastic!' Herald Sun
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