I read Garth Nix’s Sabriel, the first book in his Old Kingdom series, when I was in high school. My main prerequisites for checking a book out from the library (my primary means of book discovery) at that point were that the cover look cool (granted, totally subjective) and that the book be substantial/long. I read very quickly in those days (ah, I miss them!), had few distractions, and craved as long a reading experience as possible. It is important to note that during this same period I read many James Michener and Leon Uris epics – solely due to page count. Follies of youth and all that.
Anyway, Sabriel was a huge favorite, and so were the following books, Lirael and Abhorsen. I actually asked for (and received from an obliging brother) a box set of the Abhorsen books for my nineteenth birthday. An Old Kingdom novella was included in Nix’s collection of short stories Across the Wall, and that also joined my Garth Nix shelf. What I am trying to say… is that I am flipping obsessed with this series, and the fact that there’s a new story coming out this year makes me want to spaz out like a child on Mountain Dew for the first time. I have no idea how I will stay sane until Clariel’s release date (which is October 14, from HarperCollins). So so so so so so so excited!!!
But many forces conspire against Clariel’s dream. 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is loose in the city, her parents want to marry her off to a killer, and there is a plot brewing against the old and withdrawn King Orrikan.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 discovers 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?
What books are you waiting on?