Bestselling novelist Garth Nix returns to the Old Kingdom for the never-before-told love story of Sabriel's parents, Terciel and Elinor, and the charter magic that brought them together - and threatened to tear them apart. A long-awaited prequel to a classic fantasy series.
NOTABLE BOOK: 2022 CBCA Book of the Year, Older Readers
In the Old Kingdom, a land of ancient and often terrible magics, eighteen-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, nineteen-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 she is deeply connected to the Old Kingdom, nor that magic can sometimes come across the Wall, until a plot by an ancient enemy of the Abhorsens brings Terciel and Tizanael to Ancelstierre. In a single day of fire and death and loss, Elinor finds herself set on a path which will take her into the Old Kingdom, into Terciel's life, and will embroil her in the struggle of the Abhorsens against the Dead who will not stay dead.
'There is no joy like returning to the Old Kingdom.' - Leigh Bardugo, New York Times
bestselling author of Shadow and Bone
and Six of Crows
Garth Nix has been a full-time writer since 2001, but has also worked as a literary agent, marketing consultant, book editor, book publicist, book sales representative, bookseller, and as a part-time soldier in the Australian Army Reserve. Garth's books include the Old Kingdom fantasy series, the Keys to the Kingdom series, and the Troubletwisters and Have Sword Will Travel series co-written with Sean Williams. Standalone novels include Frogkisser! which is being developed as a film by Fox/Disney, Angel Mage, and The Left-Handed Booksellers of London. His short fiction includes more than 60 published stories, some of them collected in Across the Wall and To Hold the Bridge. More than six million copies of Garth's books have been sold around the world, they have appeared on the bestseller lists of The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, The Bookseller and others, and his work has been translated into 42 languages. He has won multiple Aurealis Awards, an ABIA, the Ditmar Award, the Mythopoeic Award, CBCA Honour Book, and has been shortlisted for the Locus Awards, the Shirley Jackson Award and others.
Shortlisted Book of the Year, Older Readers, CBCA Awards 2022 AU; Longlisted Young Adult Book of the Year, Indie Book Awards 2022 AU; Shortlisted Best Young Adult Fiction, Aurealis Awards 2021 AU
A & U Children
Paperback - C format
14 - 99