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Clariel is the
daughter of one of the most notable families in the Old Kingdom, with
blood relations to the Abhorsen and, most importantly, to the King. When
her family moves to the city of Belisaere, there are rumors that her
mother is next in line for the throne. However, Clariel wants no part of
it—a natural hunter, all she ever thinks about is escaping the city's
confining walls and journeying back to the quiet, green world of the
But many forces conspire against
Clariel's dream. 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brewing against the old and withdrawn King Orrikan. When Clariel is
drawn into the efforts to find and capture the creature, she finds
hidden sorcery within herself, yet it is magic that carries great
dangers. Can she rise above the temptation of power, escape the unwanted
marriage, and save the King?
In Clariel, New York Times bestselling author Garth Nix weaves a story that is as rich and compelling as the original Abhorsen novels. Clariel,
prelude to the Abhorsen trilogy, is set approximately six hundred years
before the birth of Sabriel. Devoted Old Kingdom fans and new readers
alike will clamor for this epic fantasy adventure.