Suggestion coming from Tamora Pierce, My girls have loved her writings. Then suggested to be similar in the Tolkien writings. I grabbed the book and Started the series. This is the second, of four.
Sorry but this one was a little slower for me. Still a good read but just not like the rest. I guess to be positive it added to the next stories that are too come. This story is divided between Maerad and her Brother, Hem. Both are finding their way on their "quests" and have some real tough times. There are new twists with the "Fae" that gets more involved.Continued fight "good vs. evil" my adrenalin was still pumping just not as before. This book is still good.. don't stop the next two really grab you for the ride.
This book follows suit to give you a little more at the end according to the translations and culture, cool.
2nd book in the Pellinor series. This time Maerad makes her way to the ice king, and learns her new abilities. She also learns more about herself and her role in the Treesong. Great series.
My favorite, the second of the four books in the Pellinor series.
Maerad is a bard, who in addition to the powers bards have, has several other skills; ones that she herself is unfamiliar with and are not as easily labeled for "good." With people good and evil chasing her because she is part of a prophecy connected to the Treesong, which once revealed could deliver the world from evil and dark forces, she and her mentor Cadvan search for help while running from those who seek her.
While her relationship with Cadvan is the closest one she has, besides her brother, it is hindered by the seeming darkness of some of Maerad's skills, and how they affect what she does and thinks. You feel the tension in their relationship, knowing that they care deeply for about another, and yet cannot come to a compromise - so much is at stake.
When the one she seeks, the Winterking, ends up being the one seeking her, she finds her passions could possibly betray her, caught in a deep attraction to an ancient being who is drawn to her as well. Their relationship would lead to destruction and would effectively thwart her plan and the plans of the forces of good to overtake the evil seeping into the world in great strides.
Maerad becomes a woman, no longer an apprentice in this adventure - eventually going out on her own, making her own decisions for better or worse, and fully taking on the responsibility of those decisions and the part she plays in the fate of preventing evil from overtaking the world.
She truly does find out that her journey to fulfill her part of an ancient prophecy is ultimately a revelation that she is like no one else, a mixture of many gifts, skills, powers, and historical connections that have never before been combined - strange creatures and power that have been at opposite ends of the spectrum and even avoid each other, are tied together in her existence.
Truly an amazing novel and in my opinion, shines out above the rest, though I did enjoy finishing the series.