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(Book #3 in the Old Kingdom series)


Book Overview: Abhorsen

What began with Sabriel 25 years ago comes to an unforgettable conclusion to the Old Kingdom Trilogy in Abhosren by master of fantasy and globally bestselling Garth Nix, now available in a special anniversary edition with original art by Leo and Diane Dillon.

The last hope for the living.

The Abhorsen Sabriel and King Touchstone are missing, leaving only Lirael--newly come into her inheritance as the Abhorsen-in-Waiting--to stop the Destroyer. If Orannis's unspeakable powers are unleashed, it will mean the end of all Life. With only a vision from the Clayr to guide her and the help of her companions--Sam, the Disreputable Dog, and Mogget--Lirael must search in both Life and Death for some means to defeat the evil destructor . . . before it is too late.

"Nix brings his trilogy to a literally earth-shattering conclusion. Action explodes from the very first pages. Breathtaking, bittersweet, and utterly unforgettable." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"This title has a cinematic sweep; the tense, climactic confrontation pulls from the very beginning into a tightly constructed, satisfying conclusion." --BCCB

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"Breathtaking, bittersweet, and utterly unforgettable." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

-- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

-- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Praise for SABRIEL: "Rich, complex, involving, hard to put down, excellent high fantasy." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Nix has created an ingenious, icy world. The action charges along at a gallop. A page-turner for sure." -- ALA Booklist (starred review)

"By turns rousing, charming and slyly funny, Sabriel is an engaging tale that slays sexual stereotypes along with its monsters." -- San Francisco Chronicle

Sabriel is a winner, a fantasy that reads like realism. Here is a world with the same solidity and four dimensional authority as our own, created with invention, clarity, and intelligence. I congratulate Garth Nix. And I look forward to reading his next piece of work." -- Philip Pullman

"A wonderful new fantasy filled with rich and complex imagery." -- Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

"Nix's monsters are scary and repulsive, his sense of humor is downright sneaky, and he puts his heroine through engrossing physical and emotional wringers. This book is guaranteed to keep readers up way past their bedtimes." -- School Library Journal

"A compelling fantasy. The story is remarkable for the level of originality and leaves readers to explore for themselves." -- Horn Book Magazine

Praise for LIRAEL: "Riveting." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Superb characterization." -- Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

-- Publishers Weekly

"The action charges along at a gallop--a page turner for sure." -- ALA Booklist (starred review)

Garth Nix, a globally acclaimed Australian author, is popularly known for his deep-seated talent in the fantasy genre. Born in Melbourne on July 19, 1963, Nix's literary prowess began blooming from an early age, evolving from crafting short tales to producing iconic bestsellers such as the 'Old Kingdom,' 'Seventh Tower,' and 'Keys to the Kingdom' series. His profound ability to blend elements of magic, adventure, and humor into intriguing storylines has successfully catered to both young and adult audiences, earning him numerous awards and international recognition. Prior to his impressive literary career, Nix held an eclectic mixture of roles that furthered his unique perspective on storytelling. With occupations that spanned from a bookseller, literary agent, marketing consultant, to a public relations officer, these varied experiences provided him with a wide-ranging understanding of the literary world that would play an indispensable role in his creative writing. Moreover, his years as a part-time soldier in the Australian Army Reserve majorly influenced his writing style and themes. Current times see Garth Nix as a treasured icon in the contemporary literature landscape, with his books being translated into over forty languages. Despite having achieved global acclaim, he remains dedicated to his craft, continually exploring diverse themes and pushing boundaries in his writing. His significant contributions have left an indelible mark in the fantasy genre and continue to inspire the next generation of readers and writers alike.


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