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  • By: Garth Nix
  • Narrated by: Marisa Calin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (90 ratings)

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By: Garth Nix
Narrated by: Marisa Calin
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A girl's quest to find her father leads her to an extended family of magical fighting booksellers who police the mythical Old World of England when it intrudes on the modern world. From the best-selling master of fantasy Garth Nix.

In a slightly alternate London in 1983, Susan Arkshaw is looking for her father, a man she has never met. Crime boss Frank Thringley might be able to help her, but Susan doesn't get time to ask Frank any questions before he is turned to dust by the prick of a silver hatpin in the hands of the outrageously attractive Merlin.

Merlin is a young left-handed bookseller (one of the fighting ones), who with the right-handed booksellers (the intellectual ones) are an extended family of magical beings who police the mythic and legendary Old World when it intrudes on the modern world, in addition to running several bookshops.

Susan's search for her father begins with her mother's possibly misremembered or misspelt surnames, a reading room ticket and a silver cigarette case engraved with something that might be a coat of arms.

Merlin has a quest of his own, to find the Old World entity who used ordinary criminals to kill his mother. As he and his sister, the right-handed bookseller Vivien, tread in the path of a botched or covered-up police investigation from years past, they find this quest strangely overlaps with Susan's. Who or what was her father? Susan, Merlin and Vivien must find out as the Old World erupts dangerously into the New.

©2020 Garth Nix (P)2020 Orion Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

"Garth Nix sets the standard for Fantasy." (Leigh Bardugo)

"Garth Nix is one of the best world-builders in fantasy." (Brandon Sanderson)

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Dope tale. However...

The story is so much fun. I recommend this book to you, yes, you. You will enjoy it.
My problem is with the narrator. Not the story. I found her voice to be grating. I didn’t mind it overly much to begin with but by the end I was over it. She does an excellent job of doing the voices of the different characters - All except for the main character - which is the most important. However, as intolerable as her voice became, I still recommend this book. Oh, and regarding the other current review, which says that she thinks a chapter is missing... I am fairly certain, though not 100% certain, that she wasn’t paying attention properly. I think this because I was looking out for a missing chapter and I didn’t find one. I think I know the bit she was talking about. It is easy to drift away listening to audiobooks as I’m sure you know, dear reader. Peace and love.

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Great fun!

An enjoyable Fantasy! I found I got involved with the characters and at the end I wanted more!

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Nice easy to listen to.

Great one for the long drives. Easy to follow and listen to. Engaging story. Great voice.

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Interesting characters and myths

A little more young adult, but I enjoyed the characters. The narrator had trouble maintaining her accent consistency for each character and overdid some of the narrative descriptions. Fun story though and I'm not sorry I persevered to the end. Will probably read the sequel in paper.

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A great modern fantasy novel

Very entertaining. I am not normally into fantasy novels, but this one was very fast paced and entertaining.

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Awesomeness!

Great fast paced and funny, the characters and story world were unique and great fun. Loved it and highly recommend

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Brilliant Story Teller

I really enjoyed the story, again an amazing original story by a fantastic mind!!

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Amazing!! Loved every minute of the story!

Amazing!! Loved every minute of the story! I would recommend it highly to any one. Garth Nix has done it again!

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I won't be shoplifting from this mob

Garth's best book yet - brilliant.

Twisted and turned like a snake.

Beautifully read, while worth the listen.

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Splendid romp through faerie - tech glitches fixed

Engaging, frequently very funny. Issues with missing chapters found by previous reviewers are fixed. Recommend.

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