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Release Date for CLARIEL, small sneak peek

May 09,2013
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CLARIEL is my next YA novel, returning to the Old Kingdom. It takes places about six hundred years before the events of SABRIEL, and is the story of a goldsmith's daughter who also happens to be the grand-daughter of The Abhorsen. Caught up against her will in the internal politics of the Kingdom, she finds herself drawn to forbidden magics . . .

The release date of the book has just been set. It is September 2014 and will almost certainly be simultaneous in the USA, Australia/NZ and the UK from my various publishers. Translations will follow more slowly, I expect.

Here are the first couple of paragraphs from the Prologue and Chapter One, respectively. (They may change slightly or even a lot, as I am still revising and responding to the editorial process.)

 

Prologue

Old Marral the fisherman lived in one of the oddest parts of Belisaere, the ancient capital of the Old Kingdom. A proud city with high walls to defend against living foes, and rushing aqueducts to keep out the Dead, one tiny corner of the great metropolis lay outside the protection of both wall and water. 

Known to all simply as The Islet, it was a rocky island just beyond the city’s south-east sea tower. Joined to the mainland by a rough stone causeway save at the highest tides, the island was inhabited by the poorest of the poor, the fisher-folk who had lost their boats, or drank too much, or had suffered some calamity that kept them from the city’s more prosperous fishing harbour further to the north.

Chapter One

The house was one of the best in Belisaere, high on the eastern slope of Beshill. It boasted five floors, each with a broad balcony facing east, and on top there was a pleasant roof garden. This delivered a view over the lesser houses on the slope below, and past them across the red roofs of the buildings that clustered closely on the valley floor on either side of the Winter Road. Beyond the houses was the seven-tiered Great Eastern Aqueduct and its lesser companion, the city wall, its feet almost in the water. Beyond it lay the glittering expanse of the Sea of Saere, now dotted with those slower, straggling fishing boats that were coming late to Fish Harbor, hours after the rest of the fleet had returned to unload their catch with the dawn.

Clariel stood at the intricately carved marble railing on the edge of the roof garden, with the sun on her face and the cool sea breeze ruffling her shorn-at-the-neck jet-black hair, and wondered why she couldn’t like the view, the house, or indeed, the whole city of Belisaere.

Jun 30,2014
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SOOOOOOOOOO EXCITED! Garth, you are a writer of pure magic, mystery and great and twisted plots!

Apr 17,2014
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I hope you will come up to Brisbane for abook signing!

 

Apr 03,2014
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I have been reading this series again and again since I was a teenager. After a recent re-read I noticed Mogget alludes to Chlorr being a past Abhorsen and that his "no-face" insult was more than simple glibness. (Don't ask me how I missed this before.) I did a google search to find out more about Chlorr and stumble onto the fact that there is A NEW ABHORSEN BOOK COMING OUT!? I  am BESIDE myself with excitement right now. Garth Nix I love your work. Thank you so much for continuing one of the most fascinating series I've ever had the privilege to read. 

Mar 31,2014
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Somehow I hope the books will never be made into hollywood films. The audience will become a different one and the story will be sullied. 

Feb 20,2014
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Can't wait for this to come out! I always liked reading, but Sabriel was the first book I read that REALLY hooked me when I was a kid. This series is awesome, it has adventure, humor, terror (kerrigor was a GREAT bad guy by the way), a touch of romance-  enough to make it interesting but not too much that it's soppy... It's just great! Such a fun read, and I'm so glad it's continuing!  I hope Mogget is in this one! I love his sarcasm. 

Thank you, Mr. Nix, for sharing your talent with the world :) 

Feb 06,2014
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We need the abhorsen series t o come out as films, especially lirael. can't wait for this to come out

Feb 03,2014
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I can't just express how winderstruck i am...... im desperately wating for the book. The whole Abhosen trilogy is just so cool. I am literally in love with Sabriel (im a girl) . I really really really really (50X) am waiting for the movies to come out. that would be so cool. I cant describe how much i love the 1st book. i haven't really read the others much. They weren't available in the market. It's because of my country. I think only 50 people have read the book here. books are sold here according to demand, and im so sad after knowing that the residents here prefer author such as Stephenie Meyer and all. But i really love Garth Nix.but if possible i would buy each and every Garth Nix novel. Im trying really hard to get the books from anyone or from any store. Because i get the feeling im gonna die without the books!!! 

LONG LIVE GARTH NIX...... I CAN WRITE FOR AGES AND AGES BUT I STILL WONT BE ABLE TO DESCRIBE HOW GREAT THE ABHORSEN TRILOGY IS! 

best books ever!

Dec 16,2013
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I AM FAR TOO EXCITED FOR THIS.

[INTERNAL SCREAMING INTESIFIES]

*REPEATED JUMPING IN CIRCLES*FANFANFANFANFANFANFANFANFAN

Ok, so with all that being said, I truly admire your work, Mr. Nix. Coming from a spiritual standpoint as someone who has practiced the magic of death, and the know the beggining of magic, intimately, ... And despite the ficticous nature of the books I find many details in your books to be very accurate. I've always pondered your own insight in this knowledge as well...

The Abhorsen Triology and Across the Wall are by far my most favorite books series, and I am so very excited to see that there is more of this wonder coming out and onto my bookshelves. HIP HIP HOORAY GARTH NIX!!!

 

Dec 04,2013
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Ha, Young Adult, pfft.  I'm 43 and have read the Abhorsen Trilogy twice through.  I love them and can't wait for the next one! I agree with many that say this needs to be a movie - but done right (like LOTR was), not a crappy excuse for a movie that some great books have gone through.  Thanks Garth!

Nov 30,2013
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I agree with one of the other posters, please keep the cover art the same as the other Old Kingdom books. I've been a fan of your books since I was kid and I'm now 21, and my bookcase in my flat is full of your books. Can't wait to add to it.

Nov 10,2013
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My friend and I only talk about this book and I have read it four times since I was seven. We have been celebrating since 2013 about this book. PLEASE don't make it too inappropriate  so we are allowed it in the library!! Your SSSSOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO cool garth nix!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! =D my favourite books are the sabriel series. I really like the keys to the kingdom series but not quite as much as sabriel/lireal/abhorsen. I really want to read the creature in the box and the ragdoll. SO looking forward to the new book... I LOVE IT ALREADY. P.S: do you do book fairs or anything?? Thank you for you amazing writing for me and my friend :)

Nov 08,2013
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Nix-your Old Kingdown series is simply fantastic. I started reading them when I was in 8th grade and now I am 26 and still eagerly checking on Amazon for the next Abhorsen book to come out. I'm sure you will do the series justice as you have before. Also I have a small request: please keep the cover art the same as it has been in years past. It was the art of Sabriel with her dark hair blowing in the breeze, and bandolier of bells over her emblazoned silver keys tunic that drew me to the book like a magnet. Thanks for creating such incredible and memorable characters. You're truly an amazing artist.

Nov 02,2013
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Everything about these is amazing. I wish that someone would do what was the done with the Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings to this as it would be one epic tale. I'm surprised that this series isn't of international fame yet. Maybe Clariel will be the one...

Oct 05,2013
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The series really needs to be placed in to loving hands and made a SPOT ON cinematic masterpiece.

Sep 28,2013
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i absolutely adore the abhorsen trilogy, i want to never stop reading and when i finished the last book i cried. i cant wait for the next one :)

Sep 12,2013
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I love Tim Curry's readings of OLD KINGDOM stories!

Jul 21,2013
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I too am very excited by the thought of a new 'Old Kingdom' book.  Everyone keeps talking about the trilogy, but what about The Creature in the case?  No-one mentions it, in fact until I was looking for a book and saw this one by accident I had no idea it even existed!  Roll on September 2014. :) 

Donna S

UK

Jul 14,2013
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The covers of Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen are absolutely excellent (the ones that Sabriel is yellow with some orange, Lirael the dark and light blues with the mountains, And Abhorsen the red with some lightning and a lake in the background) i hope that the same style of cover is used for Clariel, as it would continue the series and look excellent on a bookshelf, and because it is so aesthetically pleasing to look at and makes you want to buy the book. Hope the design on the spine stays the same, as if changed (As well as cover) it would not feel the same as the previous books did, not feel like the same world. Also having Larry Rostant on the background illustration would just complete the package and keep the books part of the same world. Please release an edition that has a cover that corresponds with the ones above mentioned, and please keep writing excellent stories.

Jun 29,2013
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I just finished Abhorsen last night and saw the news about Clariel this morning. I'm happy I have another one of these books to look forward to! I hope Mogget's in this one--he's my favorite. =)

Jun 25,2013
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I am freaking out in the best sense of the term. Ahhh. OK. I think I will have to go back and re-read all the Old Kingdom books I own.

Jun 22,2013
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Regarding the cover for Clariel, I hope the art work resembles that of the brilliant team of Leo and Diane Dillon.  When Sabriel was published all those years ago, it was the cover art that drew me to the book.  If there was one book jacket that I could have as a poster, that would be the one.  When Mr. Dillon passed away, the art work in the publishing industry was dealt a heavy blow.  I love the Old Kingdom books and actively promote the series to my avid reading students (grades 6 - 8) and it is the Dillon's cover art that gets them to open the first book, then eagerly engulf them all.  Eagerly awaiting Clariel!  A middle school librarian fan in the states. 

 

Jun 20,2013
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I just consumed the three books of the old kingdom over the weekend just past - (three nights with no sleep) but thoroughly worth it - happy, tired, resplendently full imagination - worth ever dawn chorus

Thank you very much Mr Nix

Looking forward to December - let the bells ring forth !

 Jen Arthur

May 24,2013
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I completely agree that Tim Curry needs to read this one too! Please! I wonder if Mogget will make an apperance in this one. Also it will be extremely interesting to see how one who is trained to abhor necromancers who raise the dead to service ended up becoming one. so excited about this book. Like many others though I really wish i could have it now. unfortunatly things being as they are im going to have to wait even longer for the audiobook as those tend to take a considerable amount of time to orchestrate and complete. can't wait though! thank you garth nix for writing another! hope there are more to come!

May 19,2013
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Really excited for this to come out, having just re-read the series after a few years, and having forgotten almost everything that happens! Going to go and read the series again straight away! One of my favourite series ever and full of amazing character (Mogget is definitely the favourite)! 

May 14,2013

Reading all the other comments makes me think I'm missing out on something awesome. Maybe I should add this to my reading list... o.o

May 14,2013
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Will there be another book after Clariel?

May 14,2013
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This book sounds really good. I can't wait to read the book. Hopefully I don't end up falling asleep when in bed, reading this book, at 10:00 pm

May 14,2013
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This book looks pretty good. I wonder what the frovidden magic is???

May 13,2013
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Can't believe that there is a new old kingdom book coming out! Slightly disappointed that it won't be out till Sept 2014 though. However thankyou for keeping us all up to date.

May 12,2013
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   I had been wondering ever sense finishing The Abhorsen Trilogy if there would be more, and I cannot even put into words how esctatic I'am to know without a doubt there will be!!!! Thank you Garth Nix!!

   Even though I wish Authors didnt have lives and just would write continuously...but I s'pose I can wait a little longer...

May 12,2013
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i'd read anything you wrote in the old kingdom world! so excited to hear you're getting this book out!

May 10,2013
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I'm already sucked in! Awesome world building. Please have Tim Curry read this one, too!!! Plz! Can't wait! <3 from a nerdy youth librarian across the pond!

May 10,2013
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I'm so happy!

May 09,2013
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Can't wait!

May 09,2013
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Super excited and hoping for the return of the Abhorsen series "timeless" characters!

May 09,2013
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YAAAAAAAY :D

May 09,2013
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One for the christmas list for sure. 

May 09,2013
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Can't wait!!! 

May 09,2013
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Good start to the book, Kinda gives a background/setting to the book so that we have a breif glimpse at what it'll be like. Keep it up, don't care when it will be out, just if!

 

May 09,2013

Just by way of explanation, it typically takes 12 months from delivery to go through the editing process to fine-tune the book and make it as good as it can be, to have covers designed (and often go through numerous iterations and changes), to have marketing plans developed etc. There was a possibility the book would be slated for June 2014, but my various publishers wanted it for the pre-Christmas season and September 2014 is the earliest part of that. Also, it looks likely the earlier books will also be re-released with new or revised covers, and this also takes time. Sorry about the wait. Hopefully it will be a case of better to have the right book later then the wrong book sooner.

May 09,2013
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You meant  September 2013, right?

May 09,2013
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I'm so excited!!!!

May 09,2013
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I can't wait that long! I just can't!

May 09,2013
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We've gone from "sometime in 2011" to "September 2014"? I think it's going to turn out just like L.J. Smith's final Night World book--never to be released!

 

~ Daya

May 09,2013
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 I'm interested to read the next story! Will it  stand alone, or begin  another series?

May 09,2013
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So excited!  All of the other reviews I've read previously have stated this book was about 320 years before Sabriel and is the story behind Chlorr of the Mask.   This seems to be a significant difference from what you have posted.  Is this still about Chlorr or has the story changed since then?

May 09,2013
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Extremely happy to hear this news. Called up family to let them know of the upcoming book :)

May 09,2013
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mmm so excited, this endless suspense has doubtless shaved many years off of my life!

May 09,2013
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I ALREADY LOVE IT AHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!

May 09,2013
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Oooh! This is already sounding amazing! I can't wait until it is released :D

May 09,2013
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More!  I want more! it is going to be difficult to wait another year and half!

May 09,2013
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Such a tease! So, September 2014, I'll have to start re-re-reading the original stories around July...

May 09,2013
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I'm so excited!!! I cannot wait to read it!! The Old Kingdom books are my favorite of all time!! I can't wait to read more of Garth Nix's masterful writing! You're a huge inspiration to me, and many other aspiring writers as well, I bet!

May 09,2013
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I'm very excited to read about the Old Kingdom again! Thank you for posting this.

May 09,2013
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Aaaah, I'm entirely too excited for this book to come out. I love the Old Kingdom stories, they're books that make me afraid to look away in case something happens when the pages are closed!

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