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SERIES REVIEW: The Old Kingdom Trilogy by Garth Nix
For many years Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, away from the random power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who won’t stay dead. But now her father, the Mage Abhorsen, is missing, and to find him Sabriel must cross back into that treacherous world - and face the power of her own extraordinary destiny. (VIA Goodreads)
No-one likes being spoiled by a synopsis, so I’ve included only the synopsis of Sabriel above. And honestly if that alone hasn’t convinced you to read the series I don’t know what will. But I’ll try give you a few more reasons! As always, I keep spoilers to an absolute minimum in my reviews, so feel free to read and get convinced to pick these books up.
This series really encapsulates what a good young adult fantasy novel series should be. The writing is fantastic and the world is really believably real and magical. And I mean speaking of magical, necromancy is such a cool (creepy) magic to explore in a series. Especially the way that it is written in this series in particular. So many series (especially in YA) seem to have pretty similar magical elements that aren’t explored too deeply and tend to become almost indistinguishable. The magic of The Old Kingdom however, is so intricately woven so that I found I had a much greater sense of history and significance to it all than much else I’ve read. And Nix achieves this without huge, unbearable slabs of backstory and explanations (not going to lie, in other series I’ve skipped the explanations and then got confused down the line. But seriously who wants to read 2 pages of magical theory when I don’t even care about the characters yet?). The Old Kingdom’s magic is revealed to us slowly, and that in itself is a driving force of the plot. Not only do we have amazing characters, intense plotlines, and an all-around great time, but there was this underlying feeling of mystery surrounding the magic itself.
Moving away from the magical lore of Nix’s series, let’s talk a little about his characters. Spoiler alert they’re wonderful. Probably shouldn’t use a spoiler alert so flippantly… Don’t worry guys, I’m keeping this short and vaugue! But in all seriousness, his characters are brilliant. Our journey begins with the titular character Sabriel. I have a great, great love for Sabriel. She’s smart, she’s confident, and an all-out badass. I could go on about how much I loved Sabriel, and the relationships she had with her companions, but to do so would just take something away from reading it for the first time! The next two books in the series are focused on Lirael and Sameth. Oh Lirael, oh my heart, I love her so. It threw me a little having a new set of protagonists for the sequels, but in the end Lirael stole my heart and soul. She’s young, sweet, and insecure and throughout the story her character development is intensely awesome. And Sameth, the character development that he goes through – oh boy it was good.
But even just the setting of the books! There’s this fabulous contrast between the Old Kingdom and the southern Ancelstierre. The Old Kingdom is your quintessential fantasy kingdom, though obviously in many respects darker what with the necromancers and risen dead and all that. But then Acelstierre is so modern, with cars, planes, trucks, telegraphs, and guns… So crossing from one to another is just so interesting! Seeing the born and raised Old Kingdom characters’ confusion at these mysterious southern contraptions, and their sudden disconnect from their magic was so epic. Also – the political situations of both countries was super interesting, especially through Abhorsen in particular. I really felt that there was a lot to reflect on, considering some of the crap happening in Australia right now.
So basically this series is awesome! It’s also the perfect time to pick them up because the series prequel Clariel has just been released! So what are you waiting for! It’s a golden time, my friends!
Writing Style: 19/20
Overall Enjoyment: 19/20
The Old Kingdom Trilogy gets a solid 94% in my book!