Return to the Old Kingdom for the never-before-told love story of Sabriel’s parents, Terciel and Elinor, and the Charter and Free Magic that define their world.
In an ancient house on an island in the River Ratterlin, 18-year-old orphan Terciel is learning the art of necromancy from his great-aunt Tizanael. But the magic that Terciel must learn is not how to raise the Dead — rather, it is to lay them to a permanent and eternal rest. He is the Abhorsen-in-Waiting, and his Aunt 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, 19-year-old Elinor lives a secluded life with her mother, a tyrant feared by all.
When a plot by an ancient enemy of the Abhorsens brings Terciel and Tizanael to Ancelstierre, Elinor, in a single day of fire and death and loss, 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 to keep the Dead at rest.