Clariel The Lost Abhorsen, Book 4 of The Old Kingdom

Clariel is the daughter of one of the most notable families in the Old Kingdom, with blood relations to the Abhorsen and, most important, to the King. She dreams of living a simple life but discovers this is hard to achieve when a dangerous Free Magic creature is loose in the city, her parents want to marry her off to a killer, and there is a plot brewing against the old and withdrawn King Orrikan.

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“Between striking characters . . . and Nix’s brilliantly complex magic system, this superb tale is exactly the book fans of the series have been awaiting.”

~ PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, starred review

“A thunderstorm of a tale, bitter and brutal but dazzling in its ferocity.”


“Fans will treasure this long-awaited opportunity to return to a much-loved world, built with as much originality and richness as ever.”


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Anne K. PottIt makes me SO happy that one of the things you're proudest of is being on the ALA most challenged books list! I'm loving Clariel, by the way...only a few chapters to go! Thank you for your wonderful stories!3   ·  8 hours ago

Abby LarkinI had no idea Shades Children was a most challenged book! Though I do remember thinking it was pretty dark as a kid—in a totally cool way!5 hours ago

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Advance Reading Copies (ARCs) of the US edition of TO HOLD THE BRIDGE arrived from HarperCollins this morning. This is my next story collection, which comes out in May. It features an Old Kingdom novella called "To Hold the Bridge" and lots of other stories, including one set in the same world as SHADE'S CHILDREN ("You Won't Feel a Thing") and one set in the world of A CONFUSION OF PRINCES ("Master Haddad's Holiday"). The Australian edition will be published by Allen & Unwin, and the UK by Hot Key Books. The A&U edition has a cover by Sebastian Ciaffaglione, to match CLARIEL and the other new covers, and the UK cover will be similar to the US one. ... See MoreSee Less

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An ItaAlexis must have!!!1   ·  2 days ago

Angelica PendletonYES, more from Shade's Children! I've always loved that one :D1   ·  2 days ago

Bronwen GreenfieldAHHHH YAYY!2 days ago

Heidi BerthiaumeAny Sir Hereward and Mister Fitz included?1   ·  2 days ago

Emily GrahamYay!! Thank you Mr. Nix!!2 days ago

Simon MooreSomething else to look forward to!2 days ago

Sierra DavenportThe cover looks amazing! I love the incorporation of all the symbols sort of fading into the background. Can't wait to read and review!! Congrats on yet another book :)2 days ago

Megan CoenA thousand times yay!!!2 days ago

Garth NixHeidi: It doesn't have any of the Sir H and Mister F stories because I'm keeping them back to do a bigger collection of their own in due course. There are 19 stories, though.6   ·  2 days ago

Heidi BerthiaumeThanks! Looking forward to buying this collection and your future Sir H and Mister F one. :)2 days ago

Jessica ParkerOMG Yes!! I can not wait to read this!! Shades Children is amazing! The Abhorsen books are my favorite books ever!! I am so excited for this one too!!2 days ago

Amy Louise BrennanYaaaaay!!!! Now I'll need to make a new book plate to have a complete set. Drat my OCD need for complete things....1   ·  2 days ago

Hillary AnneThis is a pleasant surprise2 days ago

Simon MooreAre you planning to write any stories/novellas based on The Keys to the Kingdom series?1   ·  2 days ago

Jasmane Karez ZibellSean Lachlan Stevens !2 days ago

Lisa MaddoxNice! Can't wait!2 days ago

Belinda ChonYayyyy!!2 days ago

Jeniffer SeeKelley Colleen1   ·  2 days ago

Brittany JasperHope we get an ARC at work!! Are they being sent out to Barnes and Noble stores???2 days ago

Ashley Stormserious question though, why do covers differ based on where they're published?2 days ago

Valkyrie HallJessica Lynne Dyet Hansen1   ·  2 days ago

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Rob Mac SeáinThe short story about Arthur and the Lady of the Lake featured in Across the Wall was one of the most fascinating pieces of literature I've ever read. This will likely be no different. Very exciting!1   ·  2 days ago

Jessica TindallAwesome!!!2 days ago

Mischa CousinsOk so I will need the UK or US version of Clariel to fit in with my older charter mark style covers?2   ·  2 days ago

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I'm back home in Australia after my round-the-world CLARIEL tour. A very big thank you to everyone who attended my events. I really appreciate readers coming along, it makes everything so much more enjoyable and makes me feel that I am really helping the book get a good start in its life.
None of these events could have happened in the first place without all the hard work of booksellers, publishers, publicists, media escorts, my fellow authors in joint events, festival organisers and many others, so thank you to all of them as well. The tour was capped by a very enjoyable (and educational and interesting) World Fantasy Convention, I am grateful to everyone I saw there, and to the con committee.
Now, a cup of tea and an attempt to stay awake while I sort through lots of mail, messages and so forth, and perhaps just a little writing . . .
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Chandre RudolphI must have missed the Perth dates:-(2 weeks ago

Jeremy SeatonSo glad I finally got to see you in Seattle, glad I drove 5 hours to go well worth it1   ·  2 weeks ago

Jennifer ArthurNext book release, I will hunt down a close location! Alas, Denver Colorado was not on the list this time. Enjoy time at home! It's a grand time of year for it! And yes, I'm jealous you're in summer!2   ·  2 weeks ago

Joshua RatliffWhen are the movies coming? These books would be great on the big screen!3   ·  2 weeks ago

Lisa Marie BonniciSee you next weekend :D2 weeks ago

Margaret OchoaMissed you in San Francisco .... thought you'd be downtown somewhere and not the mission...2 weeks ago

Garth NixChandre: No, I'm at Perth Supanova weekend of 21-23 November. List of Appearances in notes on this page.1   ·  2 weeks ago

Garth NixJetlag brain: I'll be in ADELAIDE for Supanova. Not Perth. But hopefully visiting Perth sometime next year.2   ·  2 weeks ago

Kyla-Maree DillonI wish you were coming to Brisbane Nova!1   ·  2 weeks ago

Kyla-Maree DillonMy fiance' and I are huge fans and would love to meet you :)2 weeks ago

Holly FurzePlease let us know when you're coming over to Auckland :) I missed you in Bristol UK a few years ago as it happened to be the week I was moving. Gutted. Would love to meet you for next book release! I have a very much loved copy of sabriel that needs to be signed!2 weeks ago

Annalise Bucklewe met u in Norwich and had a fabulous evening ...looking forward to the next time xxx2 weeks ago

Kelly GardnerIt was lovely to meet you!2 weeks ago

Sabrina RegazzoniI was devastated I couldn't make it to Manchester. Irony is, I work in Manchester now! Next time round I hope. I've loved Clariel as with the rest of the series and look forward to the next. Enjoy being home Garth. You deserve a little break now x2 weeks ago

Dan BrownleyLooking forward too reading it!2 weeks ago

Mandy BatkinI have the first three signed by you, I hope to get this one signed too 😄2 weeks ago

Alex LittleI loved your book!! I tried to get a meeting but work got in the way :( but maybe next time...!!!2 weeks ago

Emily CheethamI cant wait for the next old kingdom book. thanks for doing the tour it was AMAZING seeing you. It must be good to be back in your own bed. have a happy christmas only 6 weeks to go. keep up with all the good work.2 weeks ago

Joanna LaszkiewiczThank you so much for coming to London! It was a pleasure to meet you and I always have hope for Disreputable Dog to make a come back! :)1   ·  2 weeks ago

Susan EaleyGlad you had a good time. My son and I enjoyed meeting you in Manchester at our cousin's shop.2 weeks ago

Callista JohnHope u write the sequel soon :) then I can get my other books signed off :)2 weeks ago

Clare BradleyThanks for coming to the UK to see us! Looking forward to your next masterpiece - no pressure!2 weeks ago

Sabriel Abhorsen*bows* Wish you'd been able to make it to SE USA, I considered flying to somewhere you were but the budget wasnt there sadly. Loved Clariel! Thank you for yet another masterpiece2 weeks ago

Elfie NelsonIt was a true honor and pleasure meeting you in person. I hope you give yourself some relaxation after travelling so much!2 weeks ago

Timarah Grace WillsonPre-ordered Clariel as it won't be released in South Africa for another couple of months and can't wait for my school break to be able to pick it up and envelope myself in the Old Kingdom! Thank you for all of your hard work, it lights my life2 weeks ago

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3 weeks ago

Only a few days left to write in and strike a blow for proper planning laws and processes so that developers can't just steamroller through whenever/whatever they want. It is astonishing that Planning Minister Pru Goward and the NSW government cannot see that by ignoring the Bronte community, Waverley Council and our local MP, and by siding with the developer they are sending an absolutely clear message that cannot be favourably massaged or spun. This could easily be the powder trail that ignites the massive stored charge of voter and community resentment about their powerlessness against politically-favoured developers and result in an extraordinary backlash against the NSW Liberal & National Party in the upcoming state election. I would like the government to do the right thing anyway, I find it astonishing they won't do the right thing out of self-preservation, and all for one developer. ... See MoreSee Less

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CLARIEL is #96 on the USA TODAY bestseller list. Sneaked into top 100 of all books sold in the US. Thank you all book buyers! ... See MoreSee Less

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Marion HerrmannJust finished reading it yesterday, another favorite :)1   ·  4 weeks ago

Sidrah Aman Ullah KhanGreat book by a great person. I loved this book. Can't wait to read it again.4 weeks ago

Lisa Joy HesseMade a donation to my public library so they could buy a copy. Trying to hook another generation on this fabulous series.1   ·  4 weeks ago

Stephanie Mae LaFountainI just got it but I'm waiting to read it when I can give it the attention that it desirves. This book will take me back to my middle school days. <34 weeks ago

Chasity Holt JonesIs this book going to be available in multiple covers?4 weeks ago

Laura BraunerRead it, loved it, want more!1   ·  4 weeks ago

Mandy StreiselThank YOU for writing it! It was great.4 weeks ago

Sarah GilesJust put a bookplate in mine a couple minutes ago! 1   ·  4 weeks ago

Jennifer ArthurJust got mine yesterday!!!4 weeks ago

Laura Mathews Bregler Hinesloved it! and so excited to read (at the end of the book) about your next project :)4 weeks ago

Alexandra WitteveenLoved it too thank you for such awesome writing!4 weeks ago

Nicole CollinsHalf way through and so in love. To know Garth Nix actually touched my copy makes me nerd swoon.1   ·  4 weeks ago

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