The Old Kingdom Collection: Sabriel, Lirael, Abhorsen, Clariel

The Old Kingdom Collection: Sabriel, Lirael, Abhorsen, Clariel

by Garth Nix

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ISBN-13: 9780062375889
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/14/2014
Series: Abhorsen Series
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 2392
Sales rank: 106,001
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

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.

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The Old Kingdom Collection: Sabriel, Lirael, Abhorsen, Clariel 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story!