A Hero's Journey Turns Dark In 'Clariel'

October 14, 2014 2:57 PM

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It is always an interesting — and sometimes fraught — endeavor for a writer of a classic, well-loved series to return to that world after decades away. Sabriel, the first volume in Garth Nix's Old Kingdom series, helped to pioneer the renaissance of YA fantasy 19 years ago.

I read it as a teenager soon after its release, and its delights were both addictive and complex. I could see the echoes of genre giants like Diana Wynne Jones in his playful, yet sinister mix of the modern and magical. His meticulous descriptions of necromancy reminded me of Lloyd Alexander's Chron...

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