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The Gift (Pellinor Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Alison Croggon
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)

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Maerad is a slave in a desperate and unforgiving settlement, taken there as a child when her family is destroyed in war. She is unaware that she possesses a powerful gift, a gift that marks her as a member of the School of Pellinor. It is only when she is discovered by Cadvan, one of the great Bards of Lirigon, that her true heritage and extraordinary destiny unfolds. Now she and her teacher, Cadvan, must survive a punishing and uncertain journey through a time and place where the dark forces they battle with stem from the deepest recesses of other-worldly terror.

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About the Author

Alison Croggon is an award-winning poet whose work has been published extensively in anthologies and magazines internationally. She has written widely for theatre, and her plays and opera libretti have been produced all around her native Australia. She is also an editor and a critic. The Gift is her first fantasy novel. Alison lives in Melbourne with her husband Daniel Keene, the playwright, and their three children.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 742 KB
  • Print Length: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Walker (28 Sept. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005Q8EBAQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #53,162 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Alison Croggon is an award-winning poet. She has also written extensively for the theatre. Alison lives in Melbourne with her family.

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255 of 274 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Author's note 14 Feb. 2006
I am the author of this book. I hasten to say that I respect anyone's right to dislike my work; that is not, and should not be, any of my business. But the previous review has, to say the least, nettled me, and I would like to defend my work from the charges of plagiarism which I think are being most unjustly levelled here.
I make no secret of the influence of Tolkien - of whom I too have been a longtime fan - in The Gift (readers who persist with The Riddle and The Crow will have a hard time finding such homages; I pays my dues in the first book). But I would like to point out some subtle differences between influence or allusion and outright plagiarism. Jessica points out some similarities between The Lord of the Rings and The Gift, all of which are deliberate - there is even a poem written in Tolkien's invented measure, ann-thennath, which in my book is credited to "the Bard Tulkan", which she fails to mention. But there are very significant differences in how I use the material, and these differences Jessica chooses to ignore entirely. The Elidhu, for example, are very different creatures from Tolkien's Elves, being not the exemplars and originators of civilisation, but deeply ambiguous and unhuman aspects of the natural world: the difference between Ardina's fate and Galadriel's is that Ardina wishes to join her lover in death, but is an Elemental and therefore is not only bound to the natural world but is irredeemably part of it; whereas Galadriel belongs in the Uttermost West, beyond this world, and is banished from her home. The Ice Witch, Arkan, is also an Elemental; I admit to pinching a story from Hans Christian Anderson and adapting it to my own purposes, but he has nothing to do with Narnia or the White Witch.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fantastic. 20 Mar. 2012
I have just finished the whole series & enjoyed each book. I found myself completely absorbed into the fantasy world that Alison Croggon created. Each book was as good as the last & I will certainly be buying more of Alisons books in future. I thought the ending to the series was superb especially when the author goes on to tell you what certain characters did with the rest of their lives.....a really nice touch. If you want to take time out from the stresses & strains of everyday life I would definitely recommend you read this series & delve into a this epic adventure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Detailed, Thoughtful Fantasy, Didn't Captivate Me 1 Sept. 2010
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I wanted to like this book based on Alison Croggon's own review alone. Anyone brave enough (or fool enough!) to defend their book on and Amazon review deserves support, and I gave her a thumbs up on the review. Sadly though I was not captivated by this book. That may well be a reflection on me, and my tastes though, so your mileage may vary. I will try to be balanced in this review.

On the plus sides, this book is a wonderfully imagined and detailed fantasy. Alison is up front about her Tolkien influence, and she has written a book very much in the vein of Tolkien, complete with detailed notes and back story that are allowed to deliberately intrude on the story and blur the line between fantasy and reality. This alos reminded me of what C S Lewis does in his cosmic trilogy.

The story, too, is good. It is perhaps not original - all the elements in this story can be found in countless others, but that is no reason to dislike the book. The way the story is constructed is much more important than whether the elements of the story are derived from elsewhere (which is true of nearly all stories, of course).

But in stry construction, there does lie a problem I think. This book was not gripping. There is action and plenty of it, but it dod not grip me from the first moment and a lot of it felt like it was just wandering!

Now I have heard the same criticism of Tolkien from people who never completed those books, so this is likely personal taste to a large extent. If you never finished Tolkien, you perhaps will not want to attempt this book. If you loved Tolkien, then you could find plenty to interest you in this book.

But then there is the problem of inevitable Tolkien comparisons.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Fantasy book I read 22 Dec. 2008
I don't know what to add from the other reviews people gave. I would say that the main thing that struck me the most with the book is the easiness of reading it. I have read the Three first books in two weeks, I work and I took on my spare time to finish it. Now I am gutted because I haven't received the last book before going on holidays. Have to wait.....

I have read Feist Tolkien Donaldson Hobb Gemmel etc... I would say it is in the top 3 so far. A lot of fantasy are generally hard to start reading (i.e. Donaldson) or even hard to continue reading (i.e. Donaldson), but the Gift like the Riddle and the Crow is so easy to read. She doesn't try to write complicated plot that have no meaning at the end, she does her job perfectly as reading should always be a pleasure first. And to the people who complained that she is copying Lotr, who doesn't? Lotr is like the bible of Fantasy book!

And one more thing, I am very pleased to see that people wrote good reviews of the book, this is how I have discovered the books, here in UK I couldn't find any of Alison Croggon book in Waterstones Borders etc... thank you Amazon for making me discover book like that!
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5.0 out of 5 stars great characters and story
All the books in the series are great, the first has stuck in my mind for years. Characters are rich and vibrant and the author takes the time to show everyones strengths and... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Loved this book for years, haven't read it in about a year and thought I'd download it because I haven't got my books with me, I could re-read this book a million times, and every... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Rachael
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, inspiring books
I own and love all four books from this amazing writer and encourage all to read them although, I don't recommend them for those who don't particularly like to read. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Emma
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book and story line. can not wait to read the next.
Loved the book. Really got into the book and Cadvan was my favourite character. Can not wait to read the next. Bought the set on kindle so I can reread them whenever I want.
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, gripped me from the start
As a fan of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy I was somewhat sceptical about this series having read some of the reviews. How glad I am that I ignored them. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Book Mad Mother
5.0 out of 5 stars A true favourite.
This series is one of my favourite of all time, needless to say so is LOTR. And there is my point, many reviewers are acting as though both books cannot exist together, yet I... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Jasmine Savage
5.0 out of 5 stars my favourite books! the 4 of them!
I loved these books. I went from one trilogy directly to this one and it took a while to get into it. (both had similar genre's & female leads). Read more
Published 21 months ago by LThomas
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful new world
Alison Croggon is now one of my favourite authors! I loved the way this book was written; filled with so much detail and description that it was as though the you were there. Read more
Published 23 months ago by liz97
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