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What I have been reading lately…

on July 3, 2012

or over the last week and a half to be precise.

The Old Kingdom series or otherwise known as the Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix.

Garth Nix is an Australian author and this is a fantasy series for young adults. Considering that I have been delving into the fantasy genre of late, this fit in perfectly. I thoroughly enjoyed all three books and to be honest, I couldn’t put them down and I remember one day last week I was desperate to carry on reading to find out what happened next but did not have the chance until bedtime! Believe me, it was a long day!

So, what are they about?

A magical fantastic world where the main character is a necromancer. But one who returns the living dead to death and not vice versa. The magical instruments used for such are bells, who all have names and as you read further into the story, you find out what those names mean. The world of Garth Nix is completely believable for a fantasty series and the descriptions between life and death are awesome!

The characters are hard core but likeable, I only had a little trouble with the last books main character who was just a little to self pitying for my liking, but by the end of the book she had changed dramatically, in a good way and I was quite sad to say goodbye to the characters. They definitely left an imprint in the reading space of my mind, my favourite must be the Disreputable Dog, who is one of the main character in the third instalment of the series. A dog, who is not a dog, but is a dog. Full of magic and dog like devotion.

All three books had me hooked, as you read, they only took me a week and  a half to read and the last one, because it was a Sunday, only a day and morning;-) I had to find out how it ended!

Thoroughly enjoyable, in fact, I think this may be my niece’s next Christmas present!

Have you read it, or anything else by Garth Nix? Is his other writing as good as this series?





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3 Responses to “What I have been reading lately…”

  1. Shayne says:

    Never mind Christmas present – i think you should send them up asap. She is DESPERATE for something to read.


  2. I adore the Abhorsen Trilogy! I can’t wait for the fourth installment, which has been promised for many years but still hasn’t seen the light of day.
    Love the disreputable dog. I think I might read this series again for the joy of it.
    You’ll probably also like Shade’s Children by Garth Nix 🙂

  3. […] Awesome series! For my review go here. […]

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