An okay book, however not her best. my favorite being All-American Girl. I realized from the get-go that everything was linked to Lady Of the Lake/ A An okay book, however not her best. my favorite being All-American Girl. I realized from the get-go that everything was linked to Lady Of the Lake/ Arthur/ mordred, so that plot line didn't really sell 2 me....more
The Riddle was my favorite so far in the series. Summery below. May include spoilers.
Maerad and Cadvan flee Busk to escape the hostile takeo The Riddle was my favorite so far in the series. Summery below. May include spoilers.
Maerad and Cadvan flee Busk to escape the hostile takeover of Norloch and the darkness of Sharma, the immortal being who is trying to enslave Annar. While Cadvan searched in the libraries for anything about The Tree Song, While Maerad furthers her studies in the way of bards, enchanting, healing, and music. Enkir, the first bard of Norloch who betrayed Pellinor, one of many bard schools also where Maerad is from, sends out word that anyone who is hiding Maerad and Cadvan will be declared outcasts. Nerili, first bard of Busk, tricks Enkir into thinking that Maerad and Cadvan are not there. Spies in Busk reveal to Enkir that they are there so Maerad and Cadvan go up into the mountains to hide. They stayed there for a short period of time then when go through Gwalhain Pass to Ossin. They rode out of Ossin and stumble into an impoverished village where a sickness has killed most inhabitants. While walking through the ruins Cadvan cures a small child of the sickness. They continued North in search of the Tree Song, they bump into two other bards who think that Maerad and Cadvan are betrayers of the light. One of the bards stuns Maerad but Maerad ‘s powers in self-defense killed the bard. Cadvan has the other bard forget who did it and the bard and corpse leave. Cadvan is furious with Maerad for killing a fellow bard who is merely ignorant of the current situation. They travel for some time up north not speaking to each other. While battling an Iridugul, an avalanche crushes Cadvan and Maerad is swamped with grief. Maerad plays the lute that the Adrina, the Elidhu queen, gave her. Adrina comes to Maerad’s call and speaks to her about how love is wasted. Maerad blacks out and finds herself in a cave with an old woman feeding her. The old woman is Pilanel, the same religion that her father is from. Mirka nurses her to health and gives her a necklace and directions on how to get to Pilanel. Maerad journeys there and gains entrance with the necklace Mirka had given her. Maerad finds her father’s sister and tells her what happened. She asked her aunt for help and she gladly agrees. Maerad stays in Pilanel for a couple weeks. Then with the guidance of her cousin and his dogs they leave Pilanel going up north looking for the Tree Song. As they sled up north they are captured by Jussacks. Her cousin is killed but Maerad is taken to the Winter King’s Palace. The Winter King drains most of Maerad’s power as traps her in a false reality. Maerad breaks free from the false reality and The Winter King requests her into his throne room. She argues about the difference between good and evil and ends up unsure of herself. She gets tired and goes back to her room. When she wakes up she eats and travels to the throne room. Arkan (the Winter King) lectures her about how humans are frail and if they knew the truth then they would be miserable. He exposes how half The Tree Song is on her lyre. Maerad goes back to her room and untwists her emotions. The next day She explores the Palace. She finds herself on the roof looking over the desert of ice and snow. Arkan appears on the roof beside her. He asks her to show him her lyre. When Maerad wakes she brings her lyre to the throne room. The Winter King sings her the Tree Song. Arkan tells her his wish that she be his queen. Maerad is scared and rushes back to her room. Maerad sees a wolf with the same eyes as Adrina staring at her and speaks to her in wolf tongue. Maerad follows her directions and with Adrina’s help turns into a wolf. She travels as a wolf into a cave that hosts a pack of wolves. She travels with the wolves and then alone to the remains of Pellinor. Maerad is astonished to find Cadvan there. She transforms back into a human and tells Cadvan what happened. Cadvan tells her that he wasn’t crushed in the avalanche and how he got to Pilanel two weeks after her and how he wasn’t allowed to go after her. He tells her how a wolf spoke to him in his dream; her words were “Seek the Fire Lilly in her birthplace.” So he did. That concludes the summary of The Riddle.