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The Old Kingdom Collection: Sabriel, Lirael, Abhorsen, Clariel by [Nix, Garth]
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  • File Size: 4711 KB
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (October 14, 2014)
  • Publication Date: October 14, 2014
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KPVCEI0
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By Arnold VINE VOICE on December 9, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
It'd be nice to get all 4 books in a single set, but... This set of 4 Kindle books is more expensive than buying them individually. Also, with the individual books, you can Whispersync with the Audible audiobooks (at least for some). So what's the point of this set?

UPDATE: It looks like Amazon reduced the price of this set (or raised the price of the other books) so it's now cheaper to buy this set. It's a good move.
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The Abhorsen series is probably the most unique and original high fantasy series in modern literature -- a world where the veil between life and death can be paper thin, and a world of technology lives alongside a darkly magical medieval land. And Garth Nix fully explores this in the "Old Kingdom Collection," which brings together the classic "Sabriel," its two-part sequel "Lirael" and "Abhorsen," as well as a distant prequel set centuries before, "Clariel."

"Sabriel" is the story of a teenage girl living happily at a girl's school, while her necromancer father (the Abhorsen) roams around putting the dead to rest. But when a sending brings her father's sword and bells, meaning that he is dead or incapacitated, Sabriel must take on her father's duties and find out what happened to him. Accompanied by a Free Magic "cat" and a mysterious young man (whom she kisses back to Life), she soon discovers the horrifying specter that is reaching out to encompass the world.

"Lirael" takes us to the icy citadel of the Clayr, a race of seers who. Young Lirael is depressed because she doesn't have the gift of Sight yet, even though everybody else her age does. But things take a sinister turn when she sets a horrifying, bloodthirsty creature loose, and must work -- with the help of the mysterious Disreputable Dog -- to get rid of it. As Lirael begins to uncover her own destiny, Prince Sameth becomes enmeshed in a horrifying conspiracy by a cruel necromancer -- one which even his mother may not be able to stop.

"Abhorsen" brings the trilogy to an explosive conclusion. Lirael and her nephew Sameth -- along with "cat" Mogget and the Disreputable Dog -- are in danger from the Dead.
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This is an interesting series--the relationship between the Old Kingdom, which is governed by magic, and the realm of Ancelstierre, governed by an early 20th-century political system, is interesting. Both these realms meet at the Wall, where soldiers must not only be adept in the use of modern weaponry, but also must possess some knowledge of magic. Sabriel, as the Abhorsen-in-training, must go to the Old Kingdom, to release her father from the spells that bind him in death. On her journey, she encounters Moggett, the shape-shifting cat, and Touchstone, descended from the last Queen to rule the Old Kingdom. Their adventures lead to the destruction of something evil--and their reign in the Old Kingdom enables them to restore much that was lost.

Lirael, brought up among the Clayr, her mother's people, has to find her place in the world, since she lacks the Clayr ability of Sight. Her adventures lead her to odd corners of the Clayr library in the Glacier, a friendship with a Disreputable Dog and a journey into the Old Kingdom, to rescue an Ancelsterrian who has inadvertently become the victim of a powerful magician. How Lirael joins forces with Sabriel, Touchstone and their family to overcome this challenge is an exciting read and will keep you up till the wee hours of the morning.

Clariel's tragedy is that she is taken away from an environment she loved--the forests of her home--and placed in the city of Belsaere, at a time when neither the King nor the Abhorsen are alive to their duties. It is this vacuum at the centre that has led to the rise of the city's guilds and their use of Free Magic. When Clariel's family is attacked by the unscrupulous leaders of such a guild, she takes the law into her own hands, with disastrous consequences for herself and others.
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I LOVE this series. It was addictive. I wasn't sure how much I would enjoy this, but came across quite a few recommendations that put Garth Nix's series as a must read for both young adults and adults. I couldn't agree more. The first three books in the series follow some main characters and story lines that grab you and draw you in. The characters are easy to relate to and imagine. I can't believe this hasn't been turned into a movie series yet! I will not spoil anything, but if you like books like the Giver series, Divergent series, Maze Runner series, Game of Thrones series, or The Hunger Games, you will really enjoy this. The fourth book did not draw me in as much as it was so far from relating to the characters that I'd become so familiar with in the first three books. It seems out of place, but the story is alright and it does give some context for other things that preceded it in the first three books. Nevertheless, I'd recommend at least reading the first three and you can thank me later!
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I've been reading these books for 15 years now (obviously minus Clariel) and they still hold up well in my adult life. I love the world Garth Nix created and cannot wait to read more about the old kingdom
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