Clariel

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Allen & Unwin, Jan 27, 2016 - 432 pages
Clariel is the daughter of one of the most notable families in the Old Kingdom, with blood relations to the Abhorsen, and to the King. When her family moves to the city of Belisaere, Clariel finds herself at the centre of sorcery and intrigue: a plot is brewing against the old and withdrawn King Orrikan; her parents want to marry her off to a killer; and a dangerous Free Magic creature is loose in the city. 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?.. Set approximately six hundred years before the birth of Sabriel, Clariel will delight Old Kingdom fans as well as new readers hungry for epic fantasy adventure ... 'A thunderstorm of a tale, bitter and brutal but dazzling in its ferocity.' - Kirkus Reviews..'Elegant and complex world-building' - Sydney Morning Herald.

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User Review  - willszal - LibraryThing

"Clariel" is a book about power, and the sacrifices that come along with it. The Old Kingdom series was my favorite fantasy series as a teenager, and possibly still today. I was excited to recently ... Read full review

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User Review  - Codonnelly - LibraryThing

The fourth novel, a prequel, is definitely the odd (wo)man out, as it jumps back in time over a thousand years. Clariel is the first anti-hero in the series, and she makes some highly questionable ... Read full review

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About the author (2016)

Garth Nix was born in Melbourne, Australia on July 19, 1963. He graduated from the University of Canberra in 1986 and worked various jobs within the publishing industry until 1994. After a stint in public relations, he returned to books and took up writing as a career. He is the author of Blood Ties, Clariel, Newt's Emerald, the Old Kingdom series, The Seventh Tower series, and The Keys to the Kingdom series. In 1999, he received a Golden Duck Award for Australian Contribution to Children's Science Fiction. To Hold the Bridge was named Best Collection by the 2015 Aurealis Awards. His novella, By Frogsled and Lizardback to Outcast Venusian Lepers, was named Best Science Fiction Novella by the 2015 Aurealis Awards. In 2018, he won the 2017 Aurealis Award for the Best science-fiction short story.

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