Author: Garth Nix.
Year of publication: 2016 (UK).
Publisher: Harper Collins Children’s Books (UK)..
Format: Available in paperback, an ebook, and an audiobook.
Cost for Paperback (RRP): £7.99 (UK).
Age Range: I suggest from about 12 up, if you’re younger than this I suggest asking your parents first.
This is the fourth book in The Old Kingdom series.
The Old Kingdom is relatively stable. There is a King on the throne who is bringing peace and prosperity, and his wife Sabriel is the Aborshen who is feared by Necromancers and the Greater Dead. Their children are growing up to take their proper place in the world, and Lireal finally has a place in the world as the Aborhsen-in-Waiting to her sister that she has always wanted.
While Lireal wishes that she wan’t so famous now she is the hero of The Old Kingdom, there is someone far to the south in Ancelstierre who is desperate to get back north of the wall to see her again. Nick, friend of Prince Sam and Ancelstierre native, returned home after the events of Clariel to rest and figure out what he wants to do with his life. He thinks of The Old Kigdom a lot, especially Lireal, and has decided to return, but his yourney is one that will test him. For a Free Magic creature is on the loose south of the wall; something that shouldn’t be possible so far beyoned the wall. He has been tracking the creature (which you can read about it Across the Wall) all the way up to the wall, which is where Lireal finds him unconcious after recieving a message from him that somthing dangerous was running free.
In the mean time, a messenger arrives with another message for Lireal from her long dead mother. It tells that an old enemy is massing an army to destroy the kingdom, and that she is the one that has been seen in the future stopping it. Only she must venture into an inhosptable enemy territory, and travel deep into death for the final fight with an enemy that has so far always been one step ahead. But she won’t be going alone; as through their travels back into The Old Kingdom, Nick has learned much about why he belongs north of the wall and it seems he has sertain skills that will mean the difference between success and death for Lireal.
I have loved this series so much. Lireal is my favourite charcater in the series, because she is the one I feel the strongest conection to. She has struggled to fit in, hates attention, likes being on her own, and has a strong sense of morals that she tries to live her life by. Because of this I really hope there will be more books in the series.
“Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real.” Thomas Merton.