Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen (Abhorsen Series #4)

Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen (Abhorsen Series #4)

by Garth Nix


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Award-winning author Garth Nix returns to the Old Kingdom with a thrilling prequel complete with dark magic, royalty, dangerous action, a strong heroine, and flawless world building. This epic fantasy adventure is destined to be a classic and is perfect for fans of Rae Carson, Kristin Cashore, Scott Westerfeld, and Cassandra Clare.

Clariel is the daughter of one of the most notable families in the Old Kingdom, with blood relations to the Abhorsen and, most important, to the King. She dreams of living a simple life but discovers this is hard to achieve when a dangerous Free Magic creature is loose in the city, her parents want to marry her off to a killer, and there is a plot brewing against the old and withdrawn King Orrikan. When Clariel is drawn into the efforts to find and capture the creature, she finds hidden sorcery within herself, yet it is magic that carries great dangers. Can she rise above the temptation of power, escape the unwanted marriage, and save the King?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061561573
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/02/2016
Series: Abhorsen Series , #4
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 76,660
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Garth Nix was born in 1963 in Melbourne, Australia. A full-time writer since 2001, he has worked as a literary agent, marketing consultant, book editor, book publicist, book sales representative, bookseller, and part-time soldier in the Australian Army Reserve. Garth's books include the award-winning fantasy novels Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen; Clariel, a prequel in the Abhorsen series; the cult favorite teen science fiction novel Shade's Children; and his critically acclaimed collection of short stories, To Hold the Bridge. His fantasy novels for younger readers include The Ragwitch, the six books of the Seventh Tower sequence, the Keys to the Kingdom series, and A Confusion of Princes. His books have appeared on the bestseller lists of the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, the Guardian, and the Australian, and his work has been translated in forty languages. He lives in Sydney, Australia, with his wife and two children.

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Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Honestly, as much as I love the Abhorsen trilogy, this book severely disappointed me. I was bored to tears throughout the entire first half of the book, and by the time things began to pick up I was already disenfranchised and no invested in the characters. I did like the tie in with the first books at the end of this one, but trying to figure out when this book lies in relation to the others was frustrating. All in all, i would recommend this book if you're committed to reading everything written by Nix, but honestly I was pretty disappointed. 
WitchyWriter 11 months ago
I have an interesting love affair with the Abhorsen trilogy by Garth Nix. It’s dark, edgy, has some absolutely fantastic characters, and escalates in a beautiful way. My cousin dislikes what he thinks of as the formulaic fantasy escalation of “Fix something small in book one, introduce a bigger conflict in book two, save the whole f-ing world/universe in book three.” I love it. And the Abhorsen trilogy does it SO WELL. (Other notable trilogies that do the same thing: The Magicians trilogy by Lev Grossman, His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman, in a lot of ways the Young Wizards series, leading up to Wizards at War…) Lirael is my favorite character by far, but I’ve never disliked Sabriel. I was actually really surprised when my husband listened to the audiobook and said he wasn’t crazy about her. She’s smart and resourceful and teaches herself how to become a master at something. Much like Lirael. So when I read Clariel, I was expecting much the same thing. An intelligent, resourceful, go-getter type of young woman who figured out how to fix her own problems, and ends up saving the world in the bargain. For those of you who have read this, you realize now how disappointed my expectations were. Not much happens in the entire first half of the novel. It’s mostly Clariel whining and being pushed around by a whole host of other characters whose motivations drive the plot. Clariel has a motivatation, sure, but she never does anything to try to achieve it. And then she sort of throws it out the window eventually and switches to revenge. It’s all rather strange, considering that Nix’s other protagonists are so much more consistent, believable, and likeable. REPORT THIS AD There was one sort of fan-service moment that kept me going–a favorite character from the original trilogy had the first half of his name mentioned. And that was honestly enough to keep me going through all the boring parts, because I was hoping he would show up again. When things do start escalating, the protagonist makes a lot of strange choices, and by the nature of the differences between Free Magic and Charter Magic, she doesn’t have to employ the same kind of intense study that Sabriel and Lirael do. Unfortunately, the study and practice and sheer effort involved in getting good at something is what makes me love those characters so much. Clariel is just–not that compelling, in comparison. Now, given all that, I actually am not at all sorry that I read this book, nor do I think it was a waste of time. I think as a prequel it definitely should NOT be read before the original trilogy–but rather read in order of publication, so that the reader can see where it fits in to the greater universe and issues at play in the main trilogy and beyond. It offers interesting new information, and a friend of mine with an Advanced Reader Copy of Goldenhand (which comes out next month!!) says she can see why Nix published Clariel, because it gives you background on things that will come up in Goldenhand. Ultimately what Clariel did was submerge me in the world again, and get me excited to re-read and then buy Goldenhand at its release. I think that’s pretty effective. It may have been better served as a novella, like The Creature in the Case, but it is still a valuable and interesting addition to this fictional universe. Now I’ve got to finish these other library books before I can go off to re-read Sabriel et al…
TheLiteraryPhoenix More than 1 year ago
I have MISSED the Old Kingdom. This book had everything for me. Clariel's a fabulous, strong character. The world building is addictive - I haven't read this series since high school and Nix pulled me right back in like I was never away. Darling Moggot is here, and we get to watch our hero teeter-totter on the edge of good and evil. What else is there? Oh yes. There's an amazing fight scene. One of the best I've ever read. Characters are NOT who you think they are, so trust nothing and nobody. There are NO romantic relationships, so don't come into this book for kisses. No kisses. Even CLARIEL rolls her eyes when people proposition her. It's a short book, but no less rich and immersive than any of the rest of this series. Even better, it's a prequel with standalone protagonist, so it can be read without all the rest. Recommend, recommend, recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Clariel is the daughter of one of the most renowned goldsmiths in the Old Kingdom. With ties to both the Abhorsen and the king, she also is part of a powerful family line. Despite the supposed prestige, Clariel wants nothing to do with her mother's goldsmith work or the city of Belisaere which will apparently further her mother's ambitions. While Clariel plots her escape back to the Great Forest near Estwael, she finds herself drawn again and again into political machinations within Belisaere. The more she tries to escape, the more problems (ranging from a Free Magic to a decidedly unwanted marriage proposal) appear to keep Clariel in the city. Clariel knows her own mind better than most and is determined to choose her own path no matter who or what might try to stop her. But with so many temptations and obstacles, can Clariel ever truly be free? More importantly, how many times can a passion be thwarted before it goes horribly, irreparably astray in Clariel (2014) by Garth Nix? Clariel is a prequel to Garth Nix's Old Kingdom series. It is set roughly 600 years before the events in Sabriel (the first Old Kingdom book). Readers of the Old Kingdom books will know that Clariel eventually becomes Chlorr of the Mask--a villain who features in first three Old Kingdom novels. Beyond that fact, Clariel is its own story. Free of spoilers for the rest of this series, this book can serve as an equally good entry point for readers looking to discover the world of the Old Kingdom. Clariel is a brusque, singular protagonist. For most of the novel she cares little about others or anything beyond her immediate desire to return to the Great Forest. In a lesser narrative these attributes might have made for a self-absorbed heroine and little else. Clariel, however, is much more than that. Even though her agency is undermined again and again, even while she is constantly manipulated, Clariel remains her own woman. In Clariel, Garth Nix presents a nuanced story about choice and redemption featuring a capable heroine. Even knowing what Clariel eventually becomes, Nix has delivered a story that is as taut as it is heartbreaking. A must-read for fans of high fantasy. Possible Pairings: Plain Kate by Erin Bow, Fire by Kristin Cashore, The Lost Sun by Tessa Gratton, Seraphina by Rachel Hartman, Magisterium by Jeff Hirsch, Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones, Dreamhunter by Elizabeth Knox, Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers, Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski, The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner, Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld *A copy of this book was acquired from the publisher at BEA 2014 for review consideration*
Linnymay More than 1 year ago
In Clariel, G. Nix stayed true to his simplistic writing, but strong lead personality that I loved in the first three Abhorsen books.   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I almost pee'd myself when I saw another instalment was being made to my favorite series, both in excitement and fear. This little gem did not dissapoint. What are you waiting for? Buy it already and loose yourself in the beautiful world Across the Wall
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the first three books in this series, and upon hearing there was a new book to the series I was very excited to read it. I went online to purchase it, when I read some really disappointing reviews. The reviews were negative enough I delayed purchasing the book for about two weeks, but it was still on my mind. Eventually I decided to just read it, even if it was long/boring/all the other negative things. I was very, very surprised by how much I enjoyed reading this book! It kept me hooked and entertained the whole time. I kept waiting to find all the negative things, but they never manifested. My experience reading this book was so different from what the other reviews said, I felt I had to write my own review to try to encourage others to read the book.