Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen (Hardcover)
Master of fantasy Nix brings readers back to the Old Kingdom (of the Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen trilogy) for this prequel. Clariel longs for freedom, but her high positioning in the Kingdom (related to both the king and the magical, setting-dead-to-rest necromancer Abhorsen) makes her too valuable as a pawn for others. Her rebellious schemes to self-liberate bring her unpredictable consequences. The nuanced magic, politics, and the dilemmas faced by the complicated heroine are set against the Old Kingdom as it totters over the edge and into the state readers find it in Sabriel. What's great is that while Clariel fleshes out the world in fun ways for fans of the series, it's also an accessible entry point for new readers, leaving them breathlessly grabbing the older books to find out what happens next.— From Ann's Picks
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 Rae Carson, Kristin Cashore, Scott Westerfeld, and Cassandra Clare.
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is loose in the city, her parents want to marry her off to a killer, and there is a plot brewing against the old and withdrawn King Orrikan.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?