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Clariel  : The Old Kingdom : Prequel - Garth Nix

Clariel

The Old Kingdom : Prequel

By: Garth Nix

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Published: 1st October 2014
For Ages: 12+ years old
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Does the walker choose the path, or the path the walker? An epic fantasy adventure, set six hundred years before Sabriel and as rich and compelling as the original Old Kingdom novels.

Clariel is the daughter of one of the most notable families in the Old Kingdom, with blood relations to the Abhorsen, and to the King.

When her family moves to the city of Belisaere, Clariel finds herself at the centre of sorcery and intrigue: a plot is brewing against the old and withdrawn King Orrikan; her parents want to marry her off to a killer; and a dangerous Free Magic creature is loose in the city.

When Clariel is drawn into the efforts to find and capture the creature, she finds hidden sorcery within herself, yet it is magic that carries great dangers.

Can she rise above the temptation of power, escape the unwanted marriage and save the King?

Set approximately six hundred years before the birth of Sabriel, Clariel will delight Old Kingdom fans as well as new readers hungry for epic fantasy adventure.

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5.0

New adventure into the old yet different

By Adam of the Nine Day Watch

from Bundaberg, AU

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Pros

  • Can't Put Down
  • Compelling Characters
  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Read
  • Great For Any Age
  • Original Story
  • Takes You To Another World
  • Well Written

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    Best Uses

    • Bed time reading
    • Binge Reading
    • Gift
    • Travel Reading
    • Younger Readers

    Comments about Clariel:

    This new adventure in the Old Kingdom will bring you back to the familiar world in Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen but with the fresh twist of being set 600 years prior to those events when things were much different and were beginning to shape the future. With such detail and depth to the story it is such a wonderful read and is well worth the time to read the previous books first as there are so many details about the world to pick up on to immerse yourself further into the world of the Old Kingdom. Yet Clariel doesn't need to be supported by the other books as it is more than capable to stand by itself because in its own way is also a beginning as well with Clariel learning about the nature of how things work in the Old Kingdom.

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    4.0

    An enjoyable prequel

    By PuffinPammie

    from Mackay Qld

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    Pros

    • Compelling Characters
    • Easy To Read
    • Original Story
    • Takes You To Another World
    • Well Written

    Cons

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        Comments about Clariel:

        Brings the past into the future of the Old Kingdom Chronicles!

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        'Beautifully written, magnificently imagined, and wholly original, Clariel is Garth Nix's finest work yet.' - Holly Black, author of The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. 'In this long-awaited prequel, Garth Nix shows us why his Old Kingdom books have influenced a generation of fantasy writers.' - Cassandra Clare, author of the Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices series.

        Garth Nix

        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 as a part-time soldier in the Australian Army Reserve.

        Garth’s books include the award-winning fantasy novels Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen; and the cult favourite YA SF novel Shade’s Children. His fantasy novels for children include The Ragwitch; the six books of The Seventh Tower sequence, and The Keys to the Kingdom series.

        More than five million copies of his 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 37 languages.

        He lives in a Sydney beach suburb with his wife and two children.

        Visit Garth Nix's Booktopia Author Page


        ISBN: 9781741758627
        ISBN-10: 1741758629
        Series: THE OLD KINGDOM CHRONICLES
        Audience: General
        For Ages: 12+ years old
        Format: Paperback
        Language: English
        Number Of Pages: 432
        Published: 1st October 2014
        Publisher: Allen & Unwin
        Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3
        Edition Number: 1