Terciel & Elinor By Garth Nix
Book/Novel Author: Garth Nix
Book/Novel Title: Terciel & Elinor
Bestselling novelist Garth Nix returns to the Old Kingdom for the never-before-told love story of Sabriel’s parents, Terciel and Elinor, and the charter magic that brought them together—and threatened to tear them apart. A long-awaited prequel to a classic fantasy series.In the Old Kingdom, a land of ancient and often terrible magics, eighteen year-old orphan Terciel learns the art of necromancy from his great-aunt Tizanael. But not to raise the Dead, rather to lay them to rest. He is the Abhorsen-in-Waiting, and Tizanael is the Abhorsen, the latest in a long line of people whose task it is to make sure the Dead do not return to Life.Across the Wall in Ancelstierre, a steam-age country where magic usually does not work, nineteen year-old Elinor lives a secluded life. Her only friends an old governess and an even older groom who was once a famous circus performer. Her mother is a tyrant, who is feared by all despite her sickness and impending death . . . but perhaps there is even more to fear from that.Elinor does not know she is deeply connected to the Old Kingdom, nor that magic can sometimes come across the Wall, until a plot by an ancient enemy of the Abhorsens brings Terciel and Tizanael to Ancelstierre. In a single day of fire and death and loss, Elinor finds herself set on a path which will take her into the Old Kingdom, into Terciel’s life, and will embroil her in the struggle of the Abhorsens against the Dead who will not stay dead.*USA Today Bestseller*“One of the greatest living fantasy writers. I will never get enough of the Old Kingdom.” —Sarah J. Maas, #1 New York Times bestselling author
I fell in love with his first Old Kingdom series (and also Shade’s Children). Unfortunately, the quality of the story seemed to deteriorate as the series went on. In this latest iteration, I stopped caring for the main characters early on and never really invested in them all the way to the end. The paper thin love story between the two title characters just seemed naive and jarring considering how much they actually knew each other. This book might have worked as a side story, perhaps.
This is significantly better than the whiny, repetitive atrocity that is Clariel, and it’s better than Goldenhand which I thought was cute but didn’t quite live up to its potential. Nice revisit to some locations that are beloved (Abhorsen’s House) and inclusion of new locations and characters that feel fleshed out.
I went into this book thinking: I already know how it ends, what can make it that interesting? Garth Nix’s character development that’s what! I think I even liked this book better than GoldenHand! Get it, you’ll love it!
Once again Nix hits it out of the park. I love the snapshot we get with some of these books. Yes, I would have loved this tale to have been space out more(because then more books) but this tale was told. Please don’t lose this world. I want to go back to the Old Kingdom.
I love that this story allowed us to get to know other characters that play a guiding role in Sabriel and Lirael. It not only gave us the back story to Sabriel’s parents but explained how Mogget evolved thru the 52 abhorsens he served before Sabriel. I loved being back in the old kingdom again.
A perfect addition to an immersive series. A magical and much anticipated return to the Old Kingdom is found in Tercel and Elinor. This book, as all the others have, has caused an immediate re-read of the entire series for me. The last 3 books in this series are so satisfying an end to one of the best trilogies I have ever read.