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An otherworldly adventure blending a clever mix of reality and fantasy. You may have already read ‘Clariel,’ the prequel to the ‘The Old Kingdom’ Trilogy, in which case jumping some six hundred years into the future might being a little unsettling to start with, as time has altered this land. If this is your first foray into the Old Kingdom then read this compelling trilogy before turning your hand to ‘Clariel’. The intriguing prologue to ‘Sabriel' entices you in with a shiver of danger, chapter one causes disorientation with a fascinating blast of realism before the Kingdom calls to Sabriel and she begins a brutal battle for life. This is fascinating, gripping and yet a wonderfully enchanting read.
Books in The Old Kingdom Series:
The Old Kingdom is a place of free magic, necromancers and ancient spirits bound to elemental forces. Who will guard the living when the dead arise?
Sabriel has spent most of her young life far away from the magical realm of the Old Kingdom, and the Dead that roam it. But then a creature from across the Wall arrives at her all-girls boarding school with a message from her father, the Abhorsen - the magical protector of the realm whose task it is to bind and send back to Death those that won't stay Dead. Since the demise of the Royal Family the Dead have become stronger and more fearless, and now it seems their forces are threatening to overwhelm the Old Kingdom. Sabriel's father has been trapped in Death by a dangerous Free Magic creature. He urges her to return to her homeland, and to discover who or what is behind this uprising.
Armed with her father's binding-bells and sword, she soon finds companions in Mogget, an ancient spirit bound into the body of a cat, and Touchstone, a young Charter Mage whom Sabriel frees from a long, magical imprisonment. As the three travel deep into the Old Kingdom, threats mount on all sides. And every step brings them closer to a battle that will pit them against the true forces of life and death - and bring Sabriel face-to-face with her own destiny.
Here is a world with the same solidity and four-dimensional authority as our own, created with invention, clarity and intelligence. - Philip Pullman, author of His Dark Materials trilogy
There is no joy like returning to the Old Kingdom . . . Nix sets the standard for fantasy - Leigh Bardugo
One of the greatest living fantasy writers . . . I will never get enough of the Old Kingdom - Sarah J. Maas
Publication date: 23/07/2020
Publisher: Hot Key Books
|Publication date:||23rd July 2020|
|Publisher:||Hot Key Books|
|Genres:||Sci-Fi and Fantasy,|
|Categories:||Fantasy & magical realism (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