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is loose in the city, her parents want to marry her off to a killer, and there is a plot brewing against the old and withdrawn King Orrikan.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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I think it's time for a holiday season giveaway. This time, it will be signed copies of all three English-language editions of CLARIEL (US and UK hardcovers, Australian paperback), an ARC of TO HOLD THE BRIDGE and a sterling silver Abhorsen's bell charm, in this case a bright finish Saraneth. As per usual for me, the recipient will be randomly chosen using old D&D dice from the list of people who do the following:
1. Either review CLARIEL on Amazon, Goodreads, B&N, Powells, Booktopia, your own blog or somewhere else OR take a selfie of yourself reading CLARIEL and tweet it or FB it with hashtag #Clariel
2. Comment on *this* post to tell me where the review is located and/or post your selfie. It can be a review you have already done, it doesn't have to be new for this. Or if by some bizarre chance you already have a selfie with CLARIEL that's fine too.
I'll roll the dice on Christmas Eve and inform the recipient via a FB message. Anyone, anywhere can join in, anywhere books can be sent. So North Korea could be a problem but otherwise . . .
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Amanda WernerCan we use any of the Old Kingdom books if we don't have Clariel yet? :(3   ·  2 weeks ago

Michelle Vella WoodI gotta go buy the book!!!!2 weeks ago

Garth NixAmanda: Not this time. This one is to help CLARIEL along. But you can use a library copy or borrow a friend's.6   ·  2 weeks ago

Janjulee Ellisahhh so exciting! Can I use an ebook, or should I sneak into a bookstore and take a selfie?2 weeks ago

Erin GreensladeA selfie with you definitely counts right?10   ·  2 weeks ago

Stace IrvingSo you're only giving away Clariel to people who already have it? :(3   ·  2 weeks ago

Garth NixJanjulee: Sure, just take a selfie with the cover on the screen I guess1   ·  2 weeks ago

Shannon StubbsGoodreads! Also very sad you weren't at Brisbane Supanova with Sean but I now have *insert Garth's signature here* stamps in all my Troubletwisters!2 weeks ago

Gemma WellsI only have it on a Kindle :(2 weeks ago

Rose DallasOhhh yeaahh B-)3   ·  2 weeks ago

Heather Iveson:D ooh.... exciting. I shared my goodreads review on my twitter account, username TripleThreatLib2 weeks ago

Anna BirdI want this book in my life so much2 weeks ago

Natalie SommerI posted when I received it, but without myself in the image (not a fan of myself in photos :P ) - does that count? Otherwise, I'll have to get it back from my sister who is the current one reading my copy ;p weeks ago

Emily StankeReviewed on Goodreads :) Fingers crossed!!!2 weeks ago

Megan Cannon:D Took this picture with my sister the day the book hit the shelves here in ohio1   ·  2 weeks ago

Tony Firebird ValdezI don't really follow the auteur theory but a free book is a free book.. I'll take it!2 weeks ago

Stephen JeffreyReviewed on amazon! weeks ago

David LewisWonderful!2 weeks ago

Carissa Suzanne St-AmandHere's my short review: weeks ago

Carol SweeneyIv yet to read clariel,I read the first three books over and over again so that keeps me going :-D2 weeks ago

Terri Lee RoseOh my oh my OH MY would LOVE this would make my Christmas :) (well apart from my girls they make Christmas) but still :) posted on amazon. So excited can't wait for Christmas Eve fingers crossed :) xxx still think you should make these in to a film tho :) xxxx #Clariel2 weeks ago

Jessie ThomasI've not got Clariel yet, it's on my Christmas list. :(2 weeks ago

Elizabeth JaneThankfully I already reviewed (read gushed) about Clariel on goodreads, connected to my fb account. More importantly, how are you rolling the winner? Percentage dice? Grouping everyone into twenty blocks of twenty?2 weeks ago

Terri Lee RoseOh my oh my OH MY would LOVE this would make my Christmas :) (well apart from my girls they make Christmas) but still :) posted on amazon. So excited can't wait for Christmas Eve fingers crossed :) xxx still think you should make these in to a film tho :) xxxx #Clariel2 weeks ago

Terri Lee RoseOh my oh my OH MY would LOVE this would make my Christmas :) (well apart from my girls they make Christmas) but still :) posted on amazon. So excited can't wait for Christmas Eve fingers crossed :) xxx still think you should make these in to a film tho :) xxxx #Clariel My selfie one as well as it wouldn't let both pics on one xxx2 weeks ago

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3 weeks ago

When I was visiting the fancy new Harpercollins offices in NYC in October, Epic Reads shot a video with me revealing some interesting author facts . . .
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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   ·  3 weeks 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!3 weeks ago

Sally Proshek PowerAs a recovering librarian... Yay!! Keep challenging, and being challenged.3 weeks ago

Lesley M BurgoyneNice dragon!3 weeks ago

Sasha ParisSo you had early experiences with rats and giant sea creatures. :-D3 weeks ago

Chrissy such a good book! Thank you =]2 weeks ago

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3 weeks ago

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   ·  3 weeks ago

Angelica PendletonYES, more from Shade's Children! I've always loved that one :D1   ·  3 weeks ago

Bronwen GreenfieldAHHHH YAYY!3 weeks ago

Heidi BerthiaumeAny Sir Hereward and Mister Fitz included?1   ·  3 weeks ago

Emily GrahamYay!! Thank you Mr. Nix!!3 weeks ago

Simon MooreSomething else to look forward to!3 weeks 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 :)3 weeks ago

Megan CoenA thousand times yay!!!3 weeks 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   ·  3 weeks ago

Heidi BerthiaumeThanks! Looking forward to buying this collection and your future Sir H and Mister F one. :)3 weeks 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!!3 weeks 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   ·  3 weeks ago

Hillary AnneThis is a pleasant surprise3 weeks ago

Simon MooreAre you planning to write any stories/novellas based on The Keys to the Kingdom series?1   ·  3 weeks ago

Jasmane Karez ZibellSean Lachlan Stevens !3 weeks ago

Lisa MaddoxNice! Can't wait!3 weeks ago

Belinda ChonYayyyy!!3 weeks ago

Jeniffer SeeKelley Colleen1   ·  3 weeks ago

Brittany JasperHope we get an ARC at work!! Are they being sent out to Barnes and Noble stores???3 weeks ago

Ashley Stormserious question though, why do covers differ based on where they're published?3 weeks ago

Valkyrie HallJessica Lynne Dyet Hansen1   ·  3 weeks 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   ·  3 weeks ago

Jessica TindallAwesome!!!3 weeks 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   ·  3 weeks ago

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1 month ago

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:-(1 month ago

Jeremy SeatonSo glad I finally got to see you in Seattle, glad I drove 5 hours to go well worth it1   ·  1 month 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   ·  1 month ago

Joshua RatliffWhen are the movies coming? These books would be great on the big screen!3   ·  1 month ago

Lisa Marie BonniciSee you next weekend :D1 month ago

Margaret OchoaMissed you in San Francisco .... thought you'd be downtown somewhere and not the mission...1 month ago

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

Garth NixJetlag brain: I'll be in ADELAIDE for Supanova. Not Perth. But hopefully visiting Perth sometime next year.2   ·  1 month ago

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

Kyla-Maree DillonMy fiance' and I are huge fans and would love to meet you :)1 month 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!1 month ago

Annalise Bucklewe met u in Norwich and had a fabulous evening ...looking forward to the next time xxx1 month ago

Kelly GardnerIt was lovely to meet you!1 month 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 x1 month ago

Dan BrownleyLooking forward too reading it!1 month ago

Mandy BatkinI have the first three signed by you, I hope to get this one signed too 😄1 month ago

Alex LittleI loved your book!! I tried to get a meeting but work got in the way :( but maybe next time...!!!1 month 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.1 month 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   ·  1 month ago

Susan EaleyGlad you had a good time. My son and I enjoyed meeting you in Manchester at our cousin's shop.1 month ago

Callista JohnHope u write the sequel soon :) then I can get my other books signed off :)1 month ago

Clare BradleyThanks for coming to the UK to see us! Looking forward to your next masterpiece - no pressure!1 month 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 masterpiece1 month ago

Elfie NelsonIt was a true honor and pleasure meeting you in person. I hope you give yourself some relaxation after travelling so much!1 month 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 life1 month ago

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1 month 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