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Old Kingdom Chronicles : Book 5

By: Garth Nix

Paperback Published: 28th September 2016
ISBN: 9781741758634
Number Of Pages: 376
For Ages: 12+ years old

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The fifth book in the New York Times bestselling Old Kingdom Chronicles.

Lirael is no longer a shy Second Assistant Librarian. She is the Abhorsen-in-Waiting, with dead creatures to battle and Free Magic entities to bind.

She's also a Remembrancer, wielder of the Dark Mirror. Lirael lost one of her hands in the binding of Orannis, but now she has a new hand, one of gilded steel and Charter Magic. When Lirael finds Nicholas Sayre lying unconscious after being attacked by a hideous Free Magic creature, she uses her powers to save him. But Nicholas is deeply tainted with Free Magic.

Fearing it will escape the Charter mark that seals it within his flesh and bone, Lirael seeks help for Nick at her childhood home, the Clayr's Glacier. Even as Lirael and Nick return to the Clayr, a young woman from the distant north braves the elements and many enemies in a desperate attempt to bring a message to Lirael from her long-dead mother, Arielle.

Ferin brings a dire warning about the Witch With No Face. But who is the Witch, and what is she planning? Once more a great danger threatens the Old Kingdom, and it must be forestalled not only in the living world, but also in the cold, remorseless river of Death.

Not the best in the series


Not the strongest book in the series, but it was still an engaging read. The story is a little predictable, with few standout moments. The characters and relationships were a little stale. The whole thing is very well-tread ground for the Abhorsen series, but if you like the rest of them, you'll enjoy this book.



Never a dull moment


Loved the whole series, it's made me want to read them all again. I've even got my mum onto it.

Melbourne, Australia


Not long enough


I have read all the books in the series, and this one has been a long time coming. I would have liked it to be more exciting. Unfortunately it was not remarkable, which is how I felt after reading Lirael and then Abhorsen was even better, and now this which I would put on par with Sabriel. I liked the book, but it needed more.




3.7 3


ISBN: 9781741758634
ISBN-10: 1741758637
Audience: Teenager / Young Adult
For Ages: 12+ years old
For Grades: 7+
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 376
Published: 28th September 2016
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3
Edition Number: 1

Garth Nix

About the Author

Garth Nix was born in 1963 in Melbourne, Australia. A full-time writer since 2001, he previously 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 young adult fantasy novels Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen; the dystopian novel Shade’s Children; the space opera A Confusion of Princes; and a Regency romance with magic, Newt’s Emerald.

His fantasy novels for children include The Ragwitch; the six books of The Seventh Tower sequence; The Keys to the Kingdom series; and the Troubletwisters series and Spirit Animals: Blood Ties (co-written with Sean Williams). Garth’s next book, Clariel, is a prequel to the Old Kingdom trilogy, to be released in October 2014.

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 40 languages.

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

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