Terciel and Elinor

by Garth Nix

On Sale: 11/02/2021

Terciel and Elinor

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Terciel and Elinor

by Garth Nix

On Sale: 11/02/2021

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About the Book

Bestselling novelist Garth Nix returns to the Old Kingdom for the never-before-told love story of Sabriel’s parents, Tericel 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.

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Critical Praise

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)

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780063049321
  • ISBN 10: 0063049325
  • Imprint: Katherine Tegen Books
  • On Sale: 11/02/2021
  • Pages: 560
  • List Price:24.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Fantasy / Epic
  • BISAC2 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Action & Adventure / General
  • BISAC3 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Romance / Historical

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