Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen (Abhorsen Series #4)

Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen (Abhorsen Series #4)

by Garth Nix
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Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Clariel is the daughter of one of the most renowned goldsmiths in the Old Kingdom. With ties to both the Abhorsen and the king, she also is part of a powerful family line. Despite the supposed prestige, Clariel wants nothing to do with her mother's goldsmith work or the city of Belisaere which will apparently further her mother's ambitions. While Clariel plots her escape back to the Great Forest near Estwael, she finds herself drawn again and again into political machinations within Belisaere. The more she tries to escape, the more problems (ranging from a Free Magic to a decidedly unwanted marriage proposal) appear to keep Clariel in the city. Clariel knows her own mind better than most and is determined to choose her own path no matter who or what might try to stop her. But with so many temptations and obstacles, can Clariel ever truly be free? More importantly, how many times can a passion be thwarted before it goes horribly, irreparably astray in Clariel (2014) by Garth Nix? Clariel is a prequel to Garth Nix's Old Kingdom series. It is set roughly 600 years before the events in Sabriel (the first Old Kingdom book). Readers of the Old Kingdom books will know that Clariel eventually becomes Chlorr of the Mask--a villain who features in first three Old Kingdom novels. Beyond that fact, Clariel is its own story. Free of spoilers for the rest of this series, this book can serve as an equally good entry point for readers looking to discover the world of the Old Kingdom. Clariel is a brusque, singular protagonist. For most of the novel she cares little about others or anything beyond her immediate desire to return to the Great Forest. In a lesser narrative these attributes might have made for a self-absorbed heroine and little else. Clariel, however, is much more than that. Even though her agency is undermined again and again, even while she is constantly manipulated, Clariel remains her own woman. In Clariel, Garth Nix presents a nuanced story about choice and redemption featuring a capable heroine. Even knowing what Clariel eventually becomes, Nix has delivered a story that is as taut as it is heartbreaking. A must-read for fans of high fantasy. Possible Pairings: Plain Kate by Erin Bow, Fire by Kristin Cashore, The Lost Sun by Tessa Gratton, Seraphina by Rachel Hartman, Magisterium by Jeff Hirsch, Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones, Dreamhunter by Elizabeth Knox, Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers, Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski, The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner, Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld *A copy of this book was acquired from the publisher at BEA 2014 for review consideration*
Linnymay More than 1 year ago
In Clariel, G. Nix stayed true to his simplistic writing, but strong lead personality that I loved in the first three Abhorsen books.   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.