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Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen [Format Kindle]

Garth Nix

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Revue de presse

“Between striking characters-from the heroic if not entirely competent young Abhorsen-in-Waiting, Belatiel, to the enigmatic, catlike Mogget-and Nix’s brilliantly complex magic system, this superb tale is exactly the book fans of the series have been awaiting.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

“Clariel is a deeply sympathetic character faced with complicated choices, the consequences of which are frighteningly uncertain as she is pulled between the wild Free Magic and the disciplined Charter. A bittersweet story.” (Booklist (starred review))

“Nix pens a compelling character in Clariel while his skill in rendering both politics and magic is strong. This excellent work can be enjoyed independently of the other Old Kingdom novels, but will certainly draw readers to those works.” (School Library Journal (starred review))

“Nix’s tale provides a complete experience unto itself. But his focus on this strong character whose overriding passion is to go her own way provides a hugely satisfying background to the other Abhorsen books. A suspenseful prequel to the much-loved Abhorsen books, showcasing the independent Clariel.” (Shelf Awareness (starred review))

“Beautifully written, magnificently imagined, and wholly original, Clariel is Garth Nix’s finest work yet.” (Holly Black, New York Times bestselling author of The Coldest Girl in Coldtown)

“The old magic returns in this sterling prequel to one of YA’s classic series.” (Scott Westerfeld, New York Times bestselling author of the Uglies series and Afterworlds)

“A brilliant return to the Old Kingdom--one of the most exciting and original magical worlds ever devised.” (Alison Goodman, New York Times bestselling author of Eon and Eona)

“A thunderstorm of a tale, bitter and brutal but dazzling in its ferocity.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Fans will treasure this long-awaited opportunity to return to a much-loved world, built with as much originality and richness as ever.” (Horn Book Magazine)

“Nix fans will surely rejoice at this sharp, gripping prequel to his beloved fantasy trilogy of Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen. The beauty of a prequel is that it will not only present unknown scenarios even to the most intense devotees but also pave a path for new fans to dive into the existing trilogy. “ (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)

Praise for SABRIEL:“Sabriel is a winner, a fantasy that reads like realism. Here is a world with the same solidity and four dimensional authority as our own, created with invention, clarity, and intelligence. I congratulate Garth Nix. And I look forward to reading his next piece of work.” (Philip Pullman)

Praise for LIRAEL:“What makes Lirael a delight is the magic that Nix brings to his story and to his characters.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

“Riveting.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

Praise for ABHORSEN:“Breathtaking, bittersweet, and utterly unforgettable.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

Présentation de l'éditeur

The long-awaited fourth book in the New York Times bestselling Old Kingdom series by Garth Nix

Award-winning author Garth Nix returns to the Old Kingdom with a thrilling prequel complete with dark magic, royalty, dangerous action, a strong heroine, and flawless world-building. This epic fantasy adventure is destined to be a classic, and is perfect for fans of Game of Thrones.

Clariel is the daughter of one of the most notable families in the Old Kingdom, with blood relations to the Abhorsen and, most important, to the King. She dreams of living a simple life but discovers this is hard to achieve when 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?


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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1575 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 400 pages
  • Editeur : HarperCollins (14 octobre 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00HYM9Y5O
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Amazon.com: 4.0 étoiles sur 5  179 commentaires
45 internautes sur 51 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
2.0 étoiles sur 5 Unimpressed, Uninspired 19 octobre 2014
Par Rabid Reader - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
I am, as the title says, entirely unimpressed. I waited for this book for years and I was eager to return to the Old Kingdom. It's always been such a refreshing place to visit. Garth Nix has always been so talented in creating female characters that have fortitude, strength and yet are so real and someone I can imagine as my friend. I've been a huge fan for more than 15 years. I was ready, oh-so-ready, to read a book that was just 'right.' I didn't know where it was going to take me, I was just sure it was going to take me to the right place, at the right time.

Well, I don't know what went wrong here but I think it might just have been 'everything.' Characters, plot, writing, editing and even the setting just didn't work.

Clariel is whiny, rude, capricious, callous, short-sighted, lacking in depth and dimension. I couldn't identify with her. She's the kind of person I wouldn't actively choose to talk to had I met her in real life. I know that sometimes book characters are supposed to bother the reader as a literary effect, but this went far beyond that. She's also described as slim, with a boyish frame, or sometimes even described as having a boy's body which is one of my pet peeves in YA books with female main characters. Between her attitude, portrayal and body-descriptions, Clariel comes across as another supposed female main character that is more like a cranky, spoiled, effeminate young boy in need of an attitude adjustment than a real female character.

The supporting cast is similarly flat and uncompelling. The book strongly features a tough Captain of the Guard, an Eccentric Magician, Ladder-Climbing parents and a boring but serviceable 'friend.' And Mogget, who is the ensemble darkhorse in every Old Kingdom book is just as flat and uninspired as these stereotyped filler characters. If you had told me it was Kerrigor, I might have believed you. But he didn't feel at all like the Mogget I know and appreciate.

I felt like I didn't recognize the setting. Gone was the sensation of visiting a familiar haunt or a place I could visualize. I couldn't see the Old Kingdom in my head. I kept feeling like I'd fallen into work by Brandon Sanderson or L.E. Moddessit. There was a genericness to this Old Kingdom that hadn't existed in previous books.

As for the plot -- if you were expecting Garth Nix to deliver a new twist on the descent into darkness... this book was not it. It's a rehash of Nolan's Batman's backstory, with just a dash of tortured hero that felt really tacked-on. The rest of the plot seemed to have been pulled wholesale from various low-quality 'comedy of formal manners' fantasies that were so popular in the eighties and early nineties. A good half of the book felt like meandering plot-fill. Part of me feels like this could have been a fantastic short-story like "Across the Wall" but it bloated into a book unchecked.

I actually appreciated the message of "hey, cities aren't all they are cracked up to be" but the underlying themes were handled with ham-handedness and the whole book came across as a really over-wrought effort to connect with the 'youth of today.' And it came across as patronizing when looked at that way.

Frankly, I should probably give this one star. Year ago I would have, but it is better than what is passing as best-selling literature these days, despite a number of editing errors that are honestly shocking in a book put out by this caliber of author and this caliber of press. It's better than some of the best-selling even if it is some of the worst writing I've seen out of Nix. So two stars it is.

As a fan, I'd like to say that Sabriel was the first Fantasy book I ever read. It was the beginning of a wonderful lover affair. And I feel like I've just lost something that carried me along when nothing else did. I feel like I've lost an old friend.
31 internautes sur 35 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 An enjoyable piece of world-building 12 octobre 2014
Par J. Irish - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Garth Nix's latest Old Kingdom story sends us back in time, to a rather different world just as delightful as the one he created in 1995.

As Sabriel (Book 1 from the original trilogy) opened, the Old Kingdom represented a shattered society, and the following two volumes portrayed the efforts of the people to reclaim their land and shape it into something that would once again endure.

The great value of Clariel is the way in which it reveals the author's vision of that culture as it stood on the brink of its decline. Superficially ordered and urbane, it nevertheless has begun to show seething undercurrents of resentment and dissatisfaction. The Royal Family and Abhorsens have neglected their duties far too long, eroding the fabric of the Charter itself. Sensing this weakness, sinister Free Magic agents seek to exploit it, so that they can come into power once more. These events unfold for the reader through the lens of 17-year-old Clariel, an unhappy young woman whose goals conflict with what her parents want for her... and for themselves.

I, personally, like all that behind-the-scenes origin story stuff a lot. And that certainly applies to Clariel. However, it must be noted that a lot of the world-building is expressed through long passages of exposition or expository dialogue, and the pacing sometimes drags as a result. Moreover, the tiresome teenage angst from Lirael (Book 2) shows up here in spades. And I'm not going to lie. It's very, very tiresome. Such passages occupy a substantial portion of the first half of the book.

But once you reach the halfway point, it suddenly becomes quite exciting indeed.

Nix assumes his reader's knowledge of specific situations from the original trilogy, even of the magical systems and terminology of the Old Kingdom; and so he dispenses entirely with any kind of 'primer' in Charter Magic or the Abhorsen's bells. In Clariel, instead, we do get some additional insight into the nature of Free Magic (depending on which characters you believe).

I think that, apart from the distracting elements previously mentioned, this is a great instalment, stronger in fact than Abhorsen (Book 3). It has a tightly woven tragic structure not unlike Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

To sum up, while I think it is highly advisable to read the books in the order of publication, I definitely recommend indulging in Clariel along with the rest.
13 internautes sur 14 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 interesting, worth buying 14 octobre 2014
Par Caroline Luu - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
If you like all of Garth Nix's Old Kingdom books (Sabriel (Abhorsen), Lirael: Daughter of the Clayr, and Abhorsen), you'll like the newest one about Clariel. In it, we get to learn the back story of a character mentioned in Lirael, though she is a minor character. It is a quick peek at the Kingdom prior to Sabriel. We get to learn more about the King's Court in Belisaere. We get to revisit the Great Charter and meet new characters. What's really great about this book is the history of courtly manners and the structure of the Old Kingdom. We mostly see Ancelstierre and the Abhorsen's surroundings in the other books. This takes us to the forest with more commoners.

Just like we learned of the office of the Abhorsen wih Sabriel and Remembrancing and the Clayr with Lirael, we get to learn about Free Magic with Clariel. I recommend buying it.
12 internautes sur 13 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
2.0 étoiles sur 5 Completely and utterly disappointed... 19 octobre 2014
Par Irene - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
I've just finished reading the whole book and the only thing that comes to mind is utter disappointment..complete and utter disappointment, which feels like someone just sucker punched me in the gut. Seems like I've been waiting forever for this book to come out, even re-read the first 4 books for the 20th time.
Some other reviewer said the first half of the book was boring. Damn right it was but I persevered through, still with high hopes that something wonderful was just a few more pages away. But...
"Clariel" feels like it had been thrown together in a couple of months. Sad to say, even "Creature in the Case" beats it hands down. The character Clariel is so flat, it grated on my nerves how she whines about the luxury she's in and how she longs to roll on the grass in some forest far away...from chapter 1 til the very end. Her parents are also so stereotyped. There's just no character growth. Through the whole book these characters remain so distant that I don't feel connected to them in the sense that I'm just going through the motion of flipping the pages in a hurry to reach the end.

*Spoiler* If any of you are expecting the grand making of the powerful ancient necromancer in the mask...you'll be as sorely disappointed as I am..
3 internautes sur 3 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
2.0 étoiles sur 5 If you are like me and Sabriel was a defining book of your ... 5 novembre 2014
Par G - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
If you are like me and Sabriel was a defining book of your childhood, but you thought Lirael and Abhorsen didn't even need to be written, then you probably won't like Clariel very much. It's a very flat book...the convincing universe we were introduced to in Sabriel is very UNconvincing here. We are supposed to believe that a pseudo-medieval society is okay with progressive sexual mores for females, and equality between the sexes regarding work/gender roles, but it reads very much like a starry-eyed Sabriel fanfic written by a 14 year old. There is no context or believability for these things--how did men & women become equal? If both men & women can achieve anything in society why do women have to wear veils? Why can't Clariel live on her own at 18? The conversations between Clariel and her peers are ridiculous--you half expect someone to whip out a phone and start texting in the middle of class. One character refers to her schoolmates as 'those bitches!' Wut. Really Garth Nix? The dialogue in Sabriel was rather convincing epic fantasy--even though this book is supposed to take place 600 years earlier, there is nothing archaic about the dialogue (unfortunately).

Clariel as a character is immensely dislikeable. Maybe that's on purpose, but she's selfish, indifferent to the cares of others, and just wants to go live in the woods and be a hermit--which doesn't make for a very sympathetic protagonist. Her parents could not be more generic. I can't help but wonder if Mr. Nix was reading The Black Unicorn right before he wrote this, because Clariel's mother comes across as a less original and more dull facsimile of the Sorceress Jaive (extremely powerful sorceress, only interested in her work, pays no attention to her teenage daughter or the outside world, ruler of an isolated little kingdom--sound familiar?)

All of the interesting bits--or the bits that could have been interesting--the Abhorsen family, the missing princess, the great-nephew Abhosen-in-waiting-waiting--are glossed over or ignored until the end of the book. Instead we get hundreds of pages of Clariel going to school, arguing with her maid, arguing with her parents, etc (are we SURE Garth Nix wrote this and it isn't just an escaped fanfic from the mind of a bored middle schooler?) It is too bad that Mr. Nix created such an interesting and fully realized world with Sabriel, but can't ever seem to write anything worthy of succeeding it.
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