Maerad of Pellinor heads north in pursuit of the Treesong as the Winter King threatens her at every turn.
I was so glad to see Alison Croggon leave her Tolkien influences behind in The Riddle, the second book in her well-told story of Pellinor, which started out as just your typical fantasy country beseiged by the coming of the dark.
Fortunately, Croggon brings in some non-medieval elements in her construction of the mythology of her world. I really liked some of the harsher elements she brought into her development of the more northern societies–and because winter is my favorite season I enjoyed spending time in the snow and ice. I also liked that Maerad’s status as a hero is brought into question, hence the “riddle” of the title. There’s more to her than just the prophecy calling her the One. Her destiny isn’t singular, and I love that element of uncertainty.