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Clariel (Abhorsen #4)

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Clariel is the daughter of the one of the most notable families in the Old Kingdom, with blood relations to the Abhorsen and, most importantly, to the King. When her family moves to the city of Belisaere, there are rumors that her mother is next in line for the throne. However, Clariel wants no part of it—a natural hunter, all she ever thinks about is escaping the city’s c...more
Paperback, Australian edition, 400 pages
Expected publication: October 14th 2014 by Allen & Unwin (first published October 2nd 2014)
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    Mar 04, 2014 Catherine marked it as to-read
    Shelves: reviewed
    If I die before this book comes out, Garth, I assure you that no Abhorsen will be able to prevent me from coming back for it.


    Oh My GOD! Can it be??? An actual cover?! And a release date?! What good deed did I do to finally deserve this?! Let's hope I manage to stay alive for a few more months...I'd rather not have to battle any Abhorsens if I can avoid it.
    Jun 27, 2014 Kcatty marked it as not-released  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: nix, to-get, college
    He is writing it - he confirmed it. He semi-confirmed the date, and let out a funny line about the Abhorsens being considered "something between an archaic remnant of worse times and municipal rat-catchers".
    BTW, see the added part of the description? That was me. (Since no one else bothered to look at Nix's blog in the past two months, I did.)

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    EDIT 6/27/2014

    There are two giveaways! One on Goodreads, and one on Twitter (and the general bookselling...more
    Aug 01, 2011 Alexandria marked it as to-read
    Shelves: fantasy
    I wonder if this book is really ever going to come out. I believe I first saw that is was to be published in 2010. Then 2011, now, I come back and make sure it didn't sneak up on me and I can finally read it and there saying 2012. Ugh! I really hope they put this book out soon. Or stop teasing us and take it off of here.
    Apr 26, 2011 Leandra marked it as to-read
    Holy guacamole!!! I love the Abhorsen trilogy! I literally gasped and fell out of my chair when I saw that there was going to be a fourth. Thank you, Garth Nix!!!
    First Second Books
    Garth Nix wrote a new Abhorsen book! And not only that, there’s going to be yet another new Abhorsen book after this one! How exciting is that?

    One of the things I really liked about the book was the portrayal of the main character’s sexuality. People keep running around and being like, ‘marriage! dating! these are the most important things!’ and instead, she’s, ‘how do you have time for this; people are trying to kill us!’ and also, 'my career is far more important to me than any possibility of...more
    Mar 31, 2009 Janni marked it as to-read
    I just found out about this and am giddily happy! More in Sabriel's world--yay yay yay yay!

    Even if I do have to wait until 2010 ...
    Nicole Meadows
    Sep 15, 2012 Nicole Meadows marked it as to-read
    I'm revisiting the Old Kingdom, which I first explored in middle school. I have eaten them up, and what's crazy is my friend has also independently been re-reading them. I checked out two copies of Lirael for us, so the adventure could continue without delay.

    She told me about Clariel coming out. I say our spirits knew it was gestating and urged us to prepare.

    I am just so estoked! So many allusions to spiritual truths are cropping up and are relevant. I am again impressed by Garth Nix's ability t...more
    I was lucky enough to get a ARC of this at BEA in New York and let me tell you it was worth the ten years of waiting. I can't get kids at my school to read the series, or if they do they don't tell me about it, but they are nuts is all I can say because this stuff is so good it makes my head hurt. I look into the air as I read this and look for Charter Marks. None yet but I am not giving up hope!

    The story took some time to build but now I am bereft that it is over. I was hoping for more magic ea...more
    Tegan Mae
    Mar 03, 2014 Tegan Mae marked it as to-read


    A cover and a synopsis?! Oh happy day!!! October hurry your butt up!!
    May 11, 2012 Natasha marked it as to-read
    Since the story is about Chlorr of the Mask then it will probably not end in a happy note but I'm kind of a big fan of the whole Abhorsen world so I'll read it anyway!
    Mar 05, 2014 Anila marked it as to-read
    Well, publication date has been pushed back buuuuut we might have a photo of a page? I'm not sure whether it's legitimate, but I dearly hope it is.

    Received an ARC of the book. Currently about 1/4 of the way through...initial thoughts: this book is suffering from the same thing that made me dislike Lirael--lack of action, too much build up.

    Sabriel worked out so well because the beginning was quite fast paced. Problem arises, Sabriel makes the decision to do something about it and she's off to the races. I can't stand it when the protag is sort of wishy washy about going for his/her goals. I know situations change as more information is reve...more
    Oct 30, 2012 Skyril marked it as to-read
    This is brilliant! The past few days I've been thinking about Sabriel and really wanting to read it again soon. In fact, The Assassin's Curse, which I only just bought, barely won out in the war to read first.

    Out of all the Garth Nix books I've read, Sabriel is my absolute favorite, and the Old Kingdom in general fascinates me. I can't wait to read Clariel :3
    A new Old Kingdom book by Garth Nix! I just wanted to hide and read it all. I gave it 3 - well really 3 1/2 stars - because it suffers by comparison to the first 3 books (Sabriel, Lirael, Abhorsen) and because, if you've read those books, you know what will happen to Clariel in the future and it isn't pretty. She's a rebellious girl who only wants to be left alone to live in the forest. Instead she's brought to the capital city of Belisaere for political maneuvering and/or marriage. This is a pr...more
    Joslyn Hernandez
    Jun 08, 2011 Joslyn Hernandez marked it as to-read
    Can't wait! I mourned the end of the third book for weeks. I think I just did a triple backflip to fudderwack!
    Apr 02, 2011 Anna marked it as to-be-released
    There's a fourth?! I guess I'll have to dig out the first three and re-read them! It's been so long...
    I'm not going to lie that after waiting for 6 years for this book, to find that Clariel was not exactly the heroine I'd hoped for was a tad disappointing, but at the same time, it's a new Old Kingdom book and so I am so grateful. And knowing what she becomes, I wasn't surprised with who she ended up being. But with something so far removed from the world I love, it was both fascinating and frustrating seeing this Belisaere, knowing that my faves were only six hundred years away. But there will b...more
    Really disjointed and uneven. The first half is good enough, as a traditional coming of age fantasy for a protagonist complex enough to be an antisocial, selfish, whiny brat yet an amusing, dreamy, relatable human being. It kinda becomes another book in the second half...with what feels like random, unrealistic plotting in a rush to tie into the main series. It also loses its sense of humor as Clariel loses her personality...I mean, it’s supposed to be her losing her sense of self, but she’s sup...more
    Maybe I was in a bad mood. Maybe I read it too fast. Maybe I don't remember the Abhorsen trilogy well enough. Maybe, being no longer teenaged, I no longer resonate the same way with teenaged protagonists. Maybe time and nostalgia have rendered those books flawless in my heart, and nothing could stack up. (view spoiler) Maybe it breaks my heart, but my feelings are...more
    It's a great joy to see a master of high fantasy return to form, and while I am happy to read anything Garth Nix writes, I am especially pleased to venture back to the Old Kingdom. 'Clariel' is a little unusual for a YA fantasy title, in that it follows the story of a character who is decidedly not your typical fantasy heroine, and furthermore (without spoilering it), the path she is set on by the end of the book is not a particularly positive or pleasant one. Little happens in the book to make...more
    Lauren James
    I've wanted a new Old Kingdom book since I was 14, so when I got a chance to get an advance proof at YALC I was very overexcited. I may have run across the con to get a copy.
    I thought this might mean that I loved the book however it was written, but luckily Clariel is ace, and a great standalone in its own right rather than just a prequel.
    It's set 600 years before Sabriel, and is another female led coming of age story (with magic) but this time it goes differently.
    Clariel hates the social cour...more
    First off I'm going to say this is what I call a RARC (ridiculously advanced reading copy) but you don't hear me complaining when I get to read one of my favourite author's new book 5 months before it actually comes out. Next I'm going to prelude this review with the fact that I have not read the old kingdom series (shock horror I know but I never knew about them until there were way too many new releases to try to stay on top of, but rest assured I do own them and intend to get to them whenever...more
    I’ll admit to having a fair amount of nostalgia for the original Abhorsen trilogy. Sabriel and Lirael were both books I read so many times in middle school/high school I’ve lost all perspective on their merits. Clariel is up against some pretty rosy colored memories, is what I’m saying. The world that Nix builds in these books is fantastic, and Clariel continues in that tradition, but it isn’t quite as exciting exploring Belisaere as it was to explore the levels of death, or the library of the C...more
    Jun 26, 2014 Janday rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
    Recommends it for: fans of introverted main characters
    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
    Aidan Booklover
    Jul 01, 2012 Aidan Booklover marked it as to-read
    I cannot wait!!!!!!!!!!
    I cried for weeks at the ending of Abhorsen, so it came a great relief that this coming addition to the Abhorsen series was going to be included. I wonder if it will be the last?
    I am surprised good reads allows ratings pre publication. Do prepublication ratings and reviews not count once it is published? Anyway...

    AUGH 2014 WHYYYY

    It was supposed to come out 2 or 3 years ago
    Jan 11, 2013 Moo marked it as to-read
    I just re-read the entire trilogy and now there's going to be a fourth book!
    And I KNEW Chlorr was an Abhorsen! Mogget almost let that slip, that sly cat!
    Connor Grummer
    Nov 25, 2012 Connor Grummer marked it as to-read
    Hope it comes out. Now it's 2014. A piece of me dies every time it gets pushed back. Then I reread Abhorsen and that piece gets defibbed, so I'm fine.
    Munro's Kids
    Wonderful. After over a decade, Garth Nix returns seamlessly to the world of the Old Kingdom. The fact that we know Clariel's eventual fate manages not to hamper our investment in either her or the plot, the inevitability instead lending a sense of urgency. As a character she makes sense, and is both interesting and ultimately sympathetic. Getting a glimpse the politics of a pre-Sabriel world is also fascinating in itself. There were some subplots that I wish had been expanded upon more, but the...more
    May 11, 2011 Dhyana marked it as to-read
    Would love to see a sequel. but thanks to Garth Nix, we'll get more details on the previous lives of the abhorsens. can't wait!
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