Cadvan of Lirigon

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Inareskai; meaning stormcloud

Cadvan of Lirigon is Maerad’s mentor, and a character in Alison Croggon's series 'The Books of Pellinor'.

He was born in the northern city of Lirigon and comes from a poor family. Despite negative influence from a Hull when he was young, Cadvan grew to be considered one of the greatest Bards of Annar.

Biography Edit

At the start of The Naming, Cadvan discovers Maerad as a slave and quickly realizes that her Gift of Barding is beyond the ordinary, making him the first to suspect her true destiny. He guides her on her quest as both a mentor and a friend, although as Maerad comes into her power, he discovers that she is more often guiding him.

Personality Edit

A taciturn, haunted man with dark secrets in his past, Cadvan is a loner, but is also generous, kind, and quick-witted. Although disliked by some for his arrogance, he is capable of inspiring deep and loyal friendship.

Relationships Edit


Acting as both a friend and a mentor to her, Maerad and Cadvan grow very close throughout the events of the series.


Cadvan and Saliman are long-time friends from way back when they were still learning in the Schools.


Ceredin was a lover of Cadvan's when he was younger, around his twenties. In an accident which Cadvan blames on himself, Ceredin was tragically killed.


Nelac was a teacher of Cadvan's when he was in the School of Lirigon.


Originally rivals, Dernhil and Cadvan slowly became friends once Dernhil was sent by Nelac to find him and they realized how much they have in common—for example, their enjoyment of poetry.

Appearance Edit

Cadvan has dark brown hair and deep-set eyes. His high-cheekboned face appears "neither young nor old," but is firm and mature. Cadvan is considered to be tall and has "long legs."

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