By Garth Nix
Not My Edition:
Hardcover, 400 pages
Clariel is set 600 years prior to Sabriel and follows it’s namesake as she moves to a new city with her parents. When her parents move to the city of Belisaere, her dreams of a simple life living in the forest are destroyed. With relations to both the King and the Abhorsen, Clariel is sought after by those who wish to gain power in the city and finds herself facing off against a powerful Free Magic creature. Clariel soon discovers her own powers as she struggles to gain control over her life amid the ensuing chaos.
I’ve already mentioned I’m a fan of Nix’s Old Kingdom novels and I was excited to find he’d written more in that universe. Clariel is a new and somewhat frustrating character, because she’s incredibly stubborn and at times, stupid.