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Clariel by Garth Nix


Part of the The Old Kingdom Series
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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! ~ Liz Robinson

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...




If you like Garth Nix you might also like to read books by Philip Pullman, J K Rowling and William Nicholson.

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids reader review panel were invited to read and review this title.

  • Jonah Morgan, age 14 - 'This beautifully crafted book is a wonderful prequel to an amazing series. It’s the cherry on the cake. I completely loved and so will everyone else it's a must read for book enthusiasts like me!' Read full review >
  • Amy Laws, age 13 - 'I don't know what it is, but I felt like this book was missing something.' Read full review >
  • Emily Kinder, age 13 - 'In the world of the Old Kingdom Clariel is stifled by the privileged city life she is expected to lead. She longs for the Great Forest near her home, but people have other plans.' Read full review >


Clariel by Garth Nix

The highly anticipated prequel to Garth Nix's astonishingly successful old Kingdom series - now available in paperback! 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. 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 - and 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.


This is a must-read ... fans will be sated and new readers will fall in love with the characters and lavish-landscapes The Times

Beautifully written, magnificently imagined, and wholly original, Clariel is Garth Nix's finest work yet. -- Holly Black

...will delight fantasy fans. The Telegraph

In this long-awaited prequel, Garth Nix shows us why his Old Kingdom books have influenced a generation of fantasy writers -- Cassandra Clare

About the Author

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 of Garth's books have been sold around the world, his books have appeared on the bestseller lists of THE NEW YORK TIMES, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, THE GUARDIAN and THE AUSTRALIAN, and his work has been translated into 40 languages. He lives in Sydney, Australia. Follow Garth on twitter at @garthnix or at

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Publication date

4th June 2015


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496 pages
Interest Age: From 13 to 15 years


NewGen - YA Fiction
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