I LOVE this series. The Naming is the first book in the quartet ( I believe its known as The Naming in the USA and The Gift everywhere else) and tells the story of Maerad, a 16 year old girl who is rescued from slavery by Cadvan, a moody Bard (a term used for someone that has the 'gift') who stumbles upon her by accident. And not long after Cadvan meets her, he starts to get suspicous that there is more to Maerad than meets the eye, and that she may be the one to save them all. The series has parallels to the Lord of the Rings, in terms of an evil that is returning, and the protagonist going on an epic journey to defeat this evil, but there is enough that is different that it shouldn't put any reader off from these books. I recommend these books and I wish more people read them!