The long awaited prequel to the original ‘The Old Kingdom’ trilogy will cause glee for fans, as it lays down a satisfying foundation for the stories yet to come in this spellbinding and different world. If you haven't yet ventured into this fantasy kingdom, you can read this as a standalone novel, once you do though, you may find yourself wanting to travel six hundred years into the future to catch up. This really does feel as though history is being laid before your feet and there is quite a lot of scene setting before the action really starts. Clariel is a fascinating character, she doesn't yet fully understand herself and it’s very easy to empathise with the path she begins to forge. If you do already know this world, there will be several moments of recognition and understanding to greet you!
This is the long-awaited prequel to Garth Nix's wonderfully imaginative Old Kingdom series. You don't have to have read the Old Kingdom books, Clariel works perfectly as a stand-alone story, but if you want to, all The Old Kingdom books are now available in ebook form...
Sixteen-year-old Clariel is not adjusting well to her new life in the city of Belisaere, the capital of the Old Kingdom. She misses roaming freely within the forests of Estwael, and she feels trapped within the stone city walls. And in Belisaere she is forced to follow the plans, plots and demands of everyone, from her parents to her maid, to the sinister Guildmaster Kilip. Clariel can see her freedom slipping away. It seems too that the city itself is descending into chaos, as the ancient rules binding Abhorsen, King and Clayr appear to be disintegrating. With the discovery of a dangerous Free Magic creature loose in the city, Clariel is given the chance both to prove her worth and make her escape. But events spin rapidly out of control. Clariel finds herself more trapped than ever, until help comes from an unlikely source. But the help comes at a terrible cost. Clariel must question the motivations and secret hearts of everyone around her - and it is herself she must question most of all.
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Publication date: 02/10/2014
Publisher: Hot Key Books
|Publication date:||2nd October 2014|
|Publisher:||Hot Key Books|
|Genres:||NewGen - YA Fiction, Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites,|
|Categories:||Fantasy & magical realism (Children's / Teenage), Adventure stories (Children's / Teenage),|
Garth Nix was born in 1963 in Melbourne, Australia. A full-time writer since 2001, he has worked as a literary agent, marketing consultant, book editor, book publicist, book sales representative, bookseller, and a part-time soldier in the Australian Army Reserve. Garth's books include the award-winning fantasy novels SABRIEL, LIRAEL and ABHORSEN and the science fiction novels SHADE'S CHILDREN and A CONFUSION OF PRINCES. His fantasy novels for children include THE RAGWITCH; the six books of THE SEVENTH TOWER sequence; THE KEYS TO THE KINGDOM series; and with Sean Williams, the TROUBLETWISTERS books and SPIRIT ANIMALS: BLOOD TIES. More than five million copies ...More About Garth Nix