Clariel (The Old Kingdom) by Garth Nix (Review)

Publishing in paperback in June 2015, Clariel is the highly anticipated prequel to Garth Nix’s hugely successful Old Kingdom series. A must-read for all Game of Thrones fans, the book follows the adventures of the sixteen-year-old titular character, Clariel as she battles with her new life in the city of Belisaere. 

Sixteen-year-old Clariel is not adjusting well to her new life in the city of Belisaere, the capital of the Old Kingdom. She misses roaming freely within the forests of Estwael, and she feels trapped within the stone city walls. It seems, too, that the city itself is descending into chaos, as the ancient rules binding Abhorsen, King and Clayr appear to be disintegrating. With the discovery of a dangerous Free Magic creature loose in the city, Clariel is given the chance both to prove her worth and make her escape.

But events spin rapidly out of control. Clariel finds herself more trapped than ever, until help comes from an unlikely source – and at a terrible cost. Clariel must question the motivations and secret hearts of everyone around her – and it is herself she must question most of all. 

My Opinion:
Definetly for a Game of Thrones fan (such as myself!).
It’s not because is a 16 year old character (if you read the actual books of GoT you would be amazd by the age of the characters, such as Robb Stark in the 1st book he is only 14 years old).
This book, in my opinion, is more for a Teen than a kid to read since you have a teenager in the role but is PG so any age can read it.
Garth Nix is an author to watch and probably wait for a movie.

Praise for Garth Nix:

‘This is a must-read … fans will be sated and new readers will fall in love with the characters and lavish-landscapes’ – The Times

‘…will delight fantasy fans.’ – The Telegraph

‘In this long-awaited prequel, Garth Nix shows us why his Old Kingdom books have influenced a generation of fantasy writers’ – Cassandra Clare

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 a part-time soldier in the Australian Army Reserve. Garth’s books include the award-winning fantasy novels Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen. His fantasy novels for children include The Ragwitch and the six books of The Seventh Tower sequence. Garth’s books have appeared on the bestseller lists of the New York Times, and The Guardian, and his work has been translated into 40 languages. He lives in Sydney, Australia.

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