Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen [NOOK Book]

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The long-awaited fourth book in the New York Times bestselling Old Kingdom series by Garth Nix

Award-winning author Garth Nix returns to the Old Kingdom with a thrilling prequel complete with dark magic, royalty, dangerous action, a strong heroine, and flawless world-building. This epic fantasy adventure is destined to be a classic, and is perfect for fans of Game of Thrones.

Clariel is the daughter of one of the most notable families in the ...

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Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen

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Overview

The long-awaited fourth book in the New York Times bestselling Old Kingdom series by Garth Nix

Award-winning author Garth Nix returns to the Old Kingdom with a thrilling prequel complete with dark magic, royalty, dangerous action, a strong heroine, and flawless world-building. This epic fantasy adventure is destined to be a classic, and is perfect for fans of Game of Thrones.

Clariel is the daughter of one of the most notable families in the Old Kingdom, with blood relations to the Abhorsen and, most important, to the King. She dreams of living a simple life but discovers this is hard to achieve when a dangerous Free Magic creature is loose in the city, her parents want to marry her off to a killer, and there is a plot brewing against the old and withdrawn King Orrikan. 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?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 08/11/2014
In a prequel to his classic Old Kingdom series, set some 600 years before the previous novels, Nix introduces Clariel, the 17-year-old daughter of a supremely talented goldsmith mother. Clariel only wants to be left alone, “to become a Borderer, one of the wardens who patrolled the forests and woods of the kingdom,” But unfortunately for her, she is also a close relative of the aging ruler of the Old Kingdom, as well as the Abhorsen, the kingdom’s master of lawful Charter Magic, who must keep both the Dead and the Wild Magic in their places. Clariel soon becomes a pawn in the political machinations of both her mother and the ambitious guildmaster Kilp, who controls the capital city, Belisaere. Worse, she discovers that her occasionally violent temper may itself have dire (and magical) consequences for her future. Between striking characters—from the heroic if not entirely competent young Abhorsen-in-Waiting, Belatiel, to the enigmatic, catlike Mogget—and Nix’s brilliantly complex magic system, this superb tale is exactly the book fans of the series have been awaiting. Ages 13–up. Agent: Jill Grinberg, Jill Grinberg Literary Management. (Oct.)
Booklist (starred review)
“Clariel is a deeply sympathetic character faced with complicated choices, the consequences of which are frighteningly uncertain as she is pulled between the wild Free Magic and the disciplined Charter. A bittersweet story.”
Philip Pullman
Praise for SABRIEL:“Sabriel is a winner, a fantasy that reads like realism. Here is a world with the same solidity and four dimensional authority as our own, created with invention, clarity, and intelligence. I congratulate Garth Nix. And I look forward to reading his next piece of work.”
Holly Black
“Beautifully written, magnificently imagined, and wholly original, Clariel is Garth Nix’s finest work yet.”
Scott Westerfeld
“The old magic returns in this sterling prequel to one of YA’s classic series.”
Alison Goodman
“A brilliant return to the Old Kingdom—one of the most exciting and original magical worlds ever devised.”
Cassandra Clare
“In this long-awaited prequel, Garth Nix shows us why his Old Kingdom books have influenced a generation of fantasy writers.”
School Library Journal
★ 07/01/2014
Gr 7 Up—Over a decade has passed since Nix's last Old Kingdom novel, Abhorsen (HarperCollins, 2003), but he has lost none of his skill in depicting this fantasy realm. Nix sets Clariel 600 years before his other Old Kingdom novels, in a time when the king is old and weary and the current Abhorsen prefers to hunt game rather than Free Magic creatures and necromancers. Clariel is a young woman who is close kin to both the King and the Abhorsen but with little knowledge of either. She has reluctantly come to the capital city of Belisaere with her mother, Jaciel, who has been declared a High Goldsmith. Clariel would prefer to roam free amongst the forest near her childhood home of Estwael and seeks any way to escape the odious city with its lifeless streets and political squabbles. Clariel's instructor in Charter Magic, Magister Kargrin, promises his help to leave the city in return for her aid in capturing a Free Magic creature that he believes is in league with Governor Kilp. Little does she realize the effect that the touch of the creature will have on her or the depths to which Kilp will stoop to assuage his ambition. Nix pens a compelling character in Clariel while his skill in rendering both politics and magic is strong. This excellent work can be enjoyed independently of the other Old Kingdom novels, but will certainly draw readers to those works.—Eric Norton, McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids, WI
Kirkus Reviews
2014-07-22
Selfishness and betrayal provoke inexorable tragedy in this dark prequel to a beloved fantasy trilogy.All Clariel wants is a solitary life in the Great Forest, but her mother's status in the powerful guilds, along with her connections to the royal and Abhorsen families, requires Clariel to stay in the capital, plagued with etiquette lessons and trapped in a loathsome betrothal. When her parents, tutors and even her friends play her for a pawn, Clariel can barely hold back her fury, and she seizes an opportunity to escape by helping capture a monster—even though she feels the deadly allure of its Free Magic. While familiarity with Nix's Old Kingdom series isn't necessary, it certainly adds depth, though its fans will be well-aware that Clariel's story can have no happy ending. More shocking is the vicious portrait of the magical realm at its peak of prosperity: savage inequality inciting social breakdown, king and mage alike abandoning their responsibilities, and respect for the Charter diminished. Hostile and self-centered, Clariel makes an interesting (if not entirely likable) protagonist; her depiction as (emphatically!) asexual and aromantic is refreshing, despite the problematic implied link to being anti-social and aloof. Still, readers will hurt with her as she longs passionately for freedom, rages at her enforced helplessness, snatches at desperate bad choices, and claws after a faint, bittersweet redemption.A thunderstorm of a tale, bitter and brutal but dazzling in its ferocity. (Fantasy. 14 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062216809
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/14/2014
  • Series: Abhorsen Series, #4
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 11,339
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

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 part-time soldier in the Australian Army Reserve. Garth's books include the award-winning fantasy novels Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen; the cult favorite teen science fiction novel Shade's Children; and his most recent work, Clariel, a prequel to the Abhorsen trilogy. His fantasy novels for younger readers include The Ragwitch, the six books of the Seventh Tower sequence, the Keys to the Kingdom series, and A Confusion of Princes. 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 forty languages. He lives in Sydney, Australia, with his wife and two children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2014

    Honestly, as much as I love the Abhorsen trilogy, this book seve

    Honestly, as much as I love the Abhorsen trilogy, this book severely disappointed me. I was bored to tears throughout the entire first half of the book, and by the time things began to pick up I was already disenfranchised and no invested in the characters. I did like the tie in with the first books at the end of this one, but trying to figure out when this book lies in relation to the others was frustrating. All in all, i would recommend this book if you're committed to reading everything written by Nix, but honestly I was pretty disappointed. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2015

    Very enjoyable read!

    I loved the first three books in this series, and upon hearing there was a new book to the series I was very excited to read it. I went online to purchase it, when I read some really disappointing reviews. The reviews were negative enough I delayed purchasing the book for about two weeks, but it was still on my mind. Eventually I decided to just read it, even if it was long/boring/all the other negative things.

    I was very, very surprised by how much I enjoyed reading this book! It kept me hooked and entertained the whole time. I kept waiting to find all the negative things, but they never manifested. My experience reading this book was so different from what the other reviews said, I felt I had to write my own review to try to encourage others to read the book.

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  • Posted November 24, 2014

    In Clariel, G. Nix stayed true to his simplistic writing, but st

    In Clariel, G. Nix stayed true to his simplistic writing, but strong lead personality that I loved in the first three Abhorsen books.   

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2014

    A marvelous addition!

    I almost pee'd myself when I saw another instalment was being made to my favorite series, both in excitement and fear.

    This little gem did not dissapoint. What are you waiting for? Buy it already and loose yourself in the beautiful world Across the Wall

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    Posted October 15, 2014

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