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Terciel and Elinor
Old Kingdom Series, Book 6
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Bestselling novelist Garth Nix returns to the Old Kingdom for the never-before-told love story of Sabriel's parents, Terciel and Elinor, and the charter magic that brought them together—and...
Bestselling novelist Garth Nix returns to the Old Kingdom for the never-before-told love story of Sabriel's parents, Terciel and Elinor, and the charter magic that brought them together—and...
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  • Bestselling novelist Garth Nix returns to the Old Kingdom for the never-before-told love story of Sabriel's parents, Terciel and Elinor, and the charter magic that brought them together—and threatened to tear them apart. A long-awaited prequel to a classic fantasy series.

    In the Old Kingdom, a land of ancient and often terrible magics, eighteen year-old orphan Terciel learns the art of necromancy from his great-aunt Tizanael. But not to raise the Dead, rather to lay them to rest. He is the Abhorsen-in-Waiting, and Tizanael is the Abhorsen, the latest in a long line of people whose task it is to make sure the Dead do not return to Life.

    Across the Wall in Ancelstierre, a steam-age country where magic usually does not work, nineteen year-old Elinor lives a secluded life. Her only friends an old governess and an even older groom who was once a famous circus performer. Her mother is a tyrant, who is feared by all despite her sickness and impending death . . . but perhaps there is even more to fear from that.

    Elinor does not know she is deeply connected to the Old Kingdom, nor that magic can sometimes come across the Wall, until a plot by an ancient enemy of the Abhorsens brings Terciel and Tizanael to Ancelstierre. In a single day of fire and death and loss, Elinor finds herself set on a path which will take her into the Old Kingdom, into Terciel's life, and will embroil her in the struggle of the Abhorsens against the Dead who will not stay dead.

    *USA Today Bestseller*

    "One of the greatest living fantasy writers. I will never get enough of the Old Kingdom." —Sarah J. Maas, #1 New York Times bestselling author

About the Author-

  • Garth Nix is a New York Times bestselling novelist and has been a full-time writer since 2001, but has also worked as a literary agent, marketing consultant, book editor, book publicist, book sales representative, bookseller, and as a part-time soldier in the Australian Army Reserve.

    Garth's many books include the Old Kingdom fantasy series, beginning with Sabriel and continuing to Goldenhand; the sci-fi novels Shade's Children and A Confusion of Princes; the Regency romance with magic Newt's Emerald; and novels for children including The Ragwitch, the Seventh Tower series, the Keys to the Kingdom series, and Frogkisser!, which is now in development as a feature film with Fox Animation/Blue Sky Studios. Garth has written numerous short stories, some of which are collected in Across the Wall and To Hold the Bridge. He has also cowritten several children's book series with Sean Williams, including TroubleTwisters and Have Sword, Will Travel.

    More than six million copies of his books have been sold around the world and his work has been translated into forty-two languages. You can find him online at www.garthnix.com.

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  • Kirkus

    September 15, 2021
    This sixth book in the Old Kingdom series chronicles how Sabriel's parents met. Readers first meet Terciel (who is later to become Sabriel's father) after he's been plucked out of poverty and obscurity to become the successor to Abhorsen Tizanael. Across the wall in Ancelstierre, Elinor (Sabriel's future mother), an utterly charming 19-year-old aspiring thespian, has spent all her years secluded in the countryside. Though she is lacking a loving parent--her mother is distant, her father dead--Elinor has found care and companionship in her governess, Mrs. Watkins, and the elderly groom Ham, Mrs. Watkins' uncle. When a horrible turn of events uncovers an old and dangerous foe--and leads to Elinor and Terciel's meeting--Elinor learns of her hidden Old Kingdom ancestry and must find her own way in the world for the first time, eventually returning to Terciel. Chapters alternate between the pair. Terciel is likable and his struggles as Abhorsen-in-Waiting are sympathetic, but it's endearing, charismatic Elinor who steals the show in this character-driven story. Nix offers fans of the Old Kingdom a gift in the book's return to the feel of the original trilogy; readers will be glad he chose the path that led to this story. Terciel has deep-brown skin, but his color is leeched by time spent in Death; most other characters read as White. Enjoyable, engaging, and well written. (maps) (Fantasy. 14-18)

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    October 11, 2021
    Nix (The Left-Handed Booksellers of London) makes a satisfying return to his Old Kingdom series with this prequel about Sabriel’s parents, Terciel and Elinor. As young, brown-skinned Terciel moves from a life of hunger to an apprenticeship as Abhorsen-in-Waiting in the Old Kingdom, 19-year-old Elinor takes to the stage and practices carnival skills across the wall, in nonmagical Ancelstierre. After surviving an assault on her home through Terciel’s timely intervention, Elinor takes a position at magic-teaching girls’ school Wyverley College, hoping to learn magic—with which she is newly acquainted—and prepare to travel to the Old Kingdom. When an incident sees her reunited with Terciel, and whisked to the Abhorsen’s House by a distant relative who reveals Elinor’s connection to a sisterhood of seeresses, she finds that she is to play a vital part in the fight against a powerful Dead creature. Elinor, inexperienced with the Old Kingdom, offers a useful introduction to the world, while sympathetic characters, a unique magical system, and frightening foes guarantee broad appeal to teen and adult fantasy readers, whether established Nix fans or new to the series. Most characters default to white. Ages 14–up. Agent: Jill Grinberg, Jill Grinberg Literary.

  • Booklist

    November 1, 2021
    Grades 9-12 In this prequel to the classic Old Kingdom trilogy, Nix introduces Terciel and Elinor, Sabriel's parents, and tells the story of how they met. Raised by Abhorsen Tizanael, Terciel is resigned to a lonely life of servitude, believing that Abhorsens are too busy guarding Death to have a life. In Ancelstierre, Elinor has been taught nothing of magic, believing her Charter Mark to be an unsightly forehead scar. The two meet when the Dead invade Elinor's country home, awakening her Old Kingdom roots and bringing Terciel in their wake. Chapters alternate between them as they separate--Terciel aids Tizanael in finding a powerful relic, while Elinor seeks a way over the Wall--and are drawn together in even more dangerous circumstances. The romance is secondary to the story of the characters' coming into their own, growing in confidence and skill while wielding dark magic and battling the Dead. Terciel's mix of competence and vulnerability is appealing, but Elinor's journey--buoyed by her resilient spirit--is particularly rewarding. Fans will relish this return to a beloved world.

    COPYRIGHT(2021) Booklist, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • School Library Journal

    February 1, 2022

    Gr 9 Up-Nix returns to the Old Kingdom with the sixth book in the series, following Sabriel's parents-Terciel plucked from poverty and obscurity to become the Abhorsen-in-Waiting and Elinor, an aspiring thespian in non-magical Ancelstierre who has been told her Charter mark is nothing but a scar. Elinor and Terciel are brought together time and again, eventually leading Elinor over the wall to the Abhorsen's House and her mily history of magic. Well written and well paced, Nix's original "Old Kingdom" trilogy is considered a YA classic for a reason. Most characters are white, with Terciel's original brown skin being bleached by exposure to Death. VERDICT This prequel has broad appeal, but will ultimately be picked up by fans of the original series.

    Copyright 2022 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Kirkus Reviews

    "This sixth book in the Old Kingdom series chronicles how Sabriel's parents met. Terciel is likable and his struggles as Abhorsen-in-Waiting are sympathetic, but it's endearing, charismatic Elinor who steals the show in this character-driven story. In this book, Nix offers fans of the Old Kingdom a gift in the book's return to the feel of the original trilogy; readers will be glad he chose the path that led to this story. Enjoyable, engaging, and well written." — Kirkus Reviews

    "Terciel's mix of competence and vulnerability is appealing, but Elinor's journey—buoyed by her resilient spirit—is particularly rewarding. Fans will relish this return to a beloved world." — Booklist

    " . . . All the Nix hallmarks are in place, including frightening Dead entities, multifaceted methods of wielding magic, competent women, and pragmatic attitudes toward sex. Loving callbacks to Sabriel render this installment of greatest interest to longtime fans, but Elinor's introduction to the world of Charter and Free Magics, and chapters focused on Terciel's childhood provide plenty of exposition for new readers." — Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

    "Well written and well paced, Nix's original 'Old Kingdom' trilogy is considered a YA classic for a reason. VERDICT This prequel has broad appeal, but will ultimately be picked up by fans of the original series." — School Library Journal

    "There is no joy like returning to the Old Kingdom." — Leigh Bardugo

    "Passionate, compelling, and teeming with the fantastic, the story of Elinor and Terciel — a prequel to Nix's beloved Old Kingdom classics — will charm new readers and thrill longtime fans." — Cassandra Clare, author of the Mortal Instruments Series

    Praise for SABRIEL: "Rich, complex, involving, hard to put down, excellent high fantasy." — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

    "Nix has created an ingenious, icy world. The action charges along at a gallop. A page-turner for sure." — ALA Booklist (starred review)

    "Sabriel is a winner, a fantasy that reads like realism. Here is a world with the same solidity and four dimensional authority as our own, created with invention, clarity, and intelligence. I congratulate Garth Nix. And I look forward to reading his next piece of work." — Philip Pullman

    Praise for LIRAEL: "Riveting." — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

    "The action charges along at a gallop—a page turner for sure." — ALA Booklist (starred review)

    Praise for ABHORSEN: "Breathtaking, bittersweet, and utterly unforgettable." — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

    "At once an allegory regarding war and peace and a testament to friendship, this is a thought-provoking fantasy." — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

    "Nix (The Left-Handed Booksellers of London) makes a satisfying return to his Old Kingdom series with this prequel about Sabriel's parents, Terciel and Elinor. Elinor, inexperienced with the Old Kingdom, offers a useful introduction to the world, while sympathetic characters, a unique magical system, and frightening foes guarantee broad appeal to teen and adult fantasy readers, whether established Nix fans or new to the series." — Publishers Weekly

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