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The Old Kingdom Collection: Sabriel, Lirael, Abhorsen, Clariel based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
This series would not satisfy a A Song of Ice and Fire fan as stated. I tried liking this series, even getting through the first three books, but I cannot justify spending my time on Clariel. Sabriel is good because it's a new and intriguing take on fantasy. (In fact you can stop here—Sabriel can be a stand alone book, because Lirael follows a decade plus later.) Lirael felt like a filler book. The story dragged on with no character development… Just two moping teenagers whining about their lives and wanting more. Abhorsen concludes Lirael, but halfway through I had to force myself to finish. The clichés are strong with this one. He describes these characters as amateurs and yet wants me to believe they can do half of what they've accomplished, which is on par with veterans and the most skilled in this world. Blah… But what really grinds my gears is the lack of explanation. Now, I can accept no explanation or even a wishy-washy, shrouded in mystery ones, but Nix seems to love the idea "it's been so long no one knows." And not just the magic, the beings encountered. C'mon, a black shadow with flaming eyes are all these creatures. What a cheap way out. Can I do better? Probably not, but it'll no way satisfy a A Song of Ice and Fire fan. The writing style is mediocre at best. Reminds me of the The Hunger Games trilogy writing style. Enough said. As an FYI, before this I’ve previously read The Night Angel trilogy, The Kingkiller Chronicles, and The Farseer trilogy. The Kingkiller Chronicles is by far the closest to A Song of Ice and Fire in terms of character development, story, and overall excitement and suspense. If you decide to start TKC, you’ve been warned, it’s a trilogy and only two are completed. If you’re now getting into the fantasy genre you may like The Old Kingdom. It’s a decent introduction, but if you want a compelling story written well, well, there’s other options out there.