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Reviewsday: Goldenhand by Garth Nix

 

ghandWhat do I think of when Garth Nix is mentioned?
I think of magic, adventure, battles and of course, the dead.

Lirael and her sister Sabriel are back with this brand new novel Goldenhand! From the beginning I saw that this had the notable quality Nix always brings to his novels. The knack of knowing his characters, who they are completely, not just as two dimensional characters.

The dead are rising again, free magic creatures are on the prowl and the Abhorsen and the Abhorsen-in-waiting are the only ones equipped to deal with it. But will Lirael's ability as remembrancer be a hindrance or a help? Only she will be able to unlock secrets of the past to help The Old Kingdom with it's future.

New romance blossoms between the pages so delicately I felt myself grinning like a fool reading it. Seriously, you will love how cute certain characters are in this! So, no spoilers BUT expect to meet old character's anew, friend and foe alike. I really couldn't put this down until I had finished.

Only one question remains, will there be another one?!

~ Hayley, QBD Hornsby

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Hayley & Garth Nix

Reviewsday: The Old Kingdom Series by Garth Nix

sabrielI first saw Garth Nix at a children’s literature festival in Queensland. He was wearing cowboy boots, and stroking an imaginary cat. He began to speak. At that moment, I think I fell in love.

Teenage author crushes really are the best.

I’d been reading his books for some years at this point, probably starting with the Seventh Tower series. But it was The Old Kingdom trilogy, his series for young adults, that well and truly got me. I first read that series when I was thirteen. Ten years later and I still love liraelthem. You want a vivid, fascinating, dangerous fantasy world? Enter the Old Kingdom, a crumbling feudal realm where the Dead don’t stay dead. Want a courageous, pragmatic heroine? Meet Sabriel, daughter of the mage Abhorsen, who has walked in Death since she was a child. Meet Lirael, a ward of the future-seeing Clayr, setting out in search of her birthright - and a terrible destiny. Want a snarky talking cat? Well, who doesn’t? His name is Mogget.

Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen are always among my favourite books, and ones that I re-read every year. This year brought the addition of a prequel, Clariel, to the series and abhorsenthere is another story in the works. To say that I am excited is an understatement.

Nix’s other books span both YA and children’s reading: there is The Ragwitch (which gave me nightmares), Shade’s Children, and his foray into science fiction, A Confusion of Princes. For younger readers, there is his Keys to the Kingdom series, along with Troubletwisters, his collaboration with fellow Australian (and also excellent) author Sean Williams.

But, the Old Kingdom series. This is first-class fantasy from a wonderful local author. The books have just been given new covers to mark the release of Clariel, and they are GORGEOUS. There really are no excuses.

-Amy from Chermside QBD