Game of Thrones fans will love the New York Times bestselling Abhorsen series. Sabriel, the first installment in the series, launched critically acclaimed author Garth Nix onto the fantasy scene as a rising star. This collection gathers all four titles in the popular series, including the long-awaited prequel, Clariel.
Sabriel: Since childhood, Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, away from the power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who refuse to stay dead. But now her father, the Abhorsen, is missing, and Sabriel must cross into that world to find him. There she confronts an evil that threatens much more than her life and comes face-to-face with her own hidden destiny. . . .
Lirael: Lirael has never felt like a true daughter of the Clayr. She doesn't even have the Sight—the ability to see into possible futures—that is the very birthright of the Clayr. Nevertheless she must undertake a desperate mission under the growing shadow of an ancient evil—one that threatens to break the very boundary between Life and Death itself. With only her faithful companion, the Disreputable Dog, to help her, Lirael must find the courage to seek her own hidden destiny.
Abhorsen: The Abhorsen Sabriel and King Touchstone are missing, leaving only Lirael—newly come into her inheritance as the Abhorsen-in-Waiting—to stop the Destroyer. With only a vision from the Clayr to guide her, Lirael must search in both Life and Death for some means to defeat the evil destructor—before it is too late. . . .
Clariel: 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 creature is loose in the city and there is a plot brewing against the King. 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.
About the Author
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; Clariel, a prequel in the Abhorsen series; the cult favorite teen science fiction novel Shade's Children; and his critically acclaimed collection of short stories, To Hold the Bridge. 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 in forty languages. He lives in Sydney, Australia, with his wife and two children.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This series would not satisfy a A Song of Ice and Fire fan as stated. I tried liking this series, even getting through the first three books, but I cannot justify spending my time on Clariel. Sabriel is good because it's a new and intriguing take on fantasy. (In fact you can stop here—Sabriel can be a stand alone book, because Lirael follows a decade plus later.) Lirael felt like a filler book. The story dragged on with no character development… Just two moping teenagers whining about their lives and wanting more. Abhorsen concludes Lirael, but halfway through I had to force myself to finish. The clichés are strong with this one. He describes these characters as amateurs and yet wants me to believe they can do half of what they've accomplished, which is on par with veterans and the most skilled in this world. Blah… But what really grinds my gears is the lack of explanation. Now, I can accept no explanation or even a wishy-washy, shrouded in mystery ones, but Nix seems to love the idea "it's been so long no one knows." And not just the magic, the beings encountered. C'mon, a black shadow with flaming eyes are all these creatures. What a cheap way out. Can I do better? Probably not, but it'll no way satisfy a A Song of Ice and Fire fan. The writing style is mediocre at best. Reminds me of the The Hunger Games trilogy writing style. Enough said. As an FYI, before this I’ve previously read The Night Angel trilogy, The Kingkiller Chronicles, and The Farseer trilogy. The Kingkiller Chronicles is by far the closest to A Song of Ice and Fire in terms of character development, story, and overall excitement and suspense. If you decide to start TKC, you’ve been warned, it’s a trilogy and only two are completed. If you’re now getting into the fantasy genre you may like The Old Kingdom. It’s a decent introduction, but if you want a compelling story written well, well, there’s other options out there.