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Publisher's Summary

Best-selling author Garth Nix returns to the Old Kingdom for the never-before-told love story of Sabriel’s parents, Tericel and Elinor, and the charter magic that brought them together - and threatened to tear them apart.

In the Old Kingdom, a land of ancient and often terrible magics, 18-year-old orphan Terciel learns the art of necromancy from his great-aunt Tizanael. But not to raise the Dead, rather to lay them to rest. He is the Abhorsen-in-Waiting, and Tizanael is the Abhorsen, the latest in a long line of people whose task it is to make sure the Dead do not return to life.

Across the Wall in Ancelstierre, a steam-age country where magic usually does not work, 19-year-old Elinor lives a secluded life. Her only friends an old governess and an even older groom who was once a famous circus performer. Her mother is a tyrant who is feared by all despite her sickness and impending death...but perhaps there is even more to fear from that.

Elinor does not know that she is deeply connected to the Old Kingdom until destiny places her on a path of magic, romance and a fight against the Dead who will not stay dead.

©2021 Garth Nix (P)2021 Penguin Random House LLC

Critic Reviews

"Enjoyable, engaging, and well written." (Kirkus)

"Terciel’s mix of competence and vulnerability is appealing, but Elinor’s journey - buoyed by her resilient spirit - is particularly rewarding. Fans will relish this return to a beloved world." (Booklist)

"Passionate, compelling and teeming with the fantastic, the story of Elinor and Terciel - a prequel to Nix's beloved Old Kingdom classics - will charm new readers and thrill long-time fans." (Cassandra Clare, author of the Mortal Instruments series)

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  • 30-12-2021

Another great story!

Another great story from the old kingdom.
Although there is an error with the chapter names not matching.

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