The Old Kingdom/Abhorsen by Garth Nix Readalong: Week 1 – Clariel

clariel

Hardcover, 382 pages
Published October 14th 2014 by HarperCollins

Sixteen-year-old Clariel is not adjusting well to her new life in the city of Belisaere, the capital of the Old Kingdom. She misses roaming freely within the forests of Estwael, and she feels trapped within the stone city walls. And in Belisaere she is forced to follow the plans, plots and demands of everyone, from her parents to her maid, to the sinister Guildmaster Kilp. Clariel can see her freedom slipping away. It seems too that the city itself is descending into chaos, as the ancient rules binding Abhorsen, King and Clayr appear to be disintegrating.

With the discovery of a dangerous Free Magic creature loose in the city, Clariel is given the chance both to prove her worth and make her escape. But events spin rapidly out of control. Clariel finds herself more trapped than ever, until help comes from an unlikely source. But the help comes at a terrible cost. Clariel must question the motivations and secret hearts of everyone around her – and it is herself she must question most of all.

We will be reading this book from today until Friday the 8th. The pace is quick but it’s okay if you can’t finish it in time. Post any thoughts/questions you have may have about the book in the comments section of this post.

Happy reading!