Clariel

Old Marral the fisherman lived in one of the oddest parts of Belisaere, the ancient capital of the Old Kingdom.

I’m pretty sure that Garth Nix is my favourite male fantasy author. Even when I’m a bit ‘hmm’ about some of his stories (for a younger audience), I’ll always appreciate his style and world building. This time it wasn’t any different.

Clariel is part of the The Old Kingdom series, but doesn’t fit into it chronologically. Not having read any of the series for a long while, this was kind of convenient for me. Just remember the necromancy, anything else can be new knowledge.

It being a (kind of) prequel also means that there’s not complete freedom to move and develop. Because of this the reader gets the slice-of-life option, things ending up before the (more) exciting and terrifying.

But I am a Garth Nix fan. I’ll read all of it.

Clariel, Garth Nix, Harper Collins 2014

The Fall

Tal stretched out his hand and pulled himself up onto the next out-thrust spike of the tower.

My love for Garth Nix’ work is no secret. Time and again he creates new, fascinating worlds and feeds them to his readers without any trouble. The books for younger readers are a little bit milder, while those for a bit older can taste something bitter from time to time.

And he works in series, which means there’s always something new to read. In the world of The Seventh Tower there are Chosen Ones, people with sunstones and malleable shadows, and underfolk. They live in a world of darkness and magic controlled by light and stones. Our protagonist needs to take care of his family and needs to steal a Sunstone. Of course, things don’t go exactly as planned ..

Garth Nix always provides accessible, cool fantasy for every reader. And I’m happy that I have a new series that will keep me provided for a few months.

The Seventh Tower: The Fall, Garth Nix, Scholastic Inc 2000

Lord Sunday

Arthur fell.

After little over five years I had to say goodbye to this book series. And with a series like this one, it’s just one of the reasons to feel a small tugging at the heart strings.

The Keys to the Kingdom are categorized as fantasy for children (12 and up). But, as with any good author, it’s barely noticeable that only kids are supposed to be attracted to these stories. With its rich world building, colourful details and sweet story line (our unlikely hero suffers from asthma and carries his elephant plushie everywhere), it will appeal to anyone with a taste for original fantasy.

After battling, puzzling and venturing through the worlds of six “Days” (all lords and ladies with their own plane), Arthur (true heir of the worlds’ Architect) has to victor over the most powerful ruler, Lord Sunday, while the world falls apart around them. Yes, that makes little sense.

This review is little more than an obvious hint to just try the seven books of this series. But pace yourself, before you finish too quickly and fall victim to Nothing.

The Keys to the Kingdom: Lord Sunday, Garth Nix, Scholastic Press 2010