Though 16-year-old Clariel longs
for a simple life in the woods she loves, her status as daughter of a master
craftswoman, and her kinship to two of the most notable figures in the Old
Kingdom – the Abhorsen, the master necromancer charged with keeping the dead at
bay, and, the King himself – stand in her way. Her desires become even more complicated
when she discovers a dangerous Free Magic creature loose in the city and learns
her parents wish to marry her off to a young noble she suspects of being a killer.
Drawn into the efforts to find and capture the creature, Clariel discovers
hidden sorcery within herself, yet it is magic that carries great dangers. Can
she rise against the temptation of power, escape the unwanted marriage, and
save the King whose life is being targeted? Set 600 hundred years before Sabriel,
this is the 4th novel in Nix’s Old Kingdom series. Your young fantasy fans will cheer for
Clariel as she strives for her freedom in a world of political intrigue and dark
magic. Ages 12 and up. 400pp.
Signed by Garth Nix.