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compelling YA fiction for adults,
By A Customer
This review is from: Old Kingdom Trilogy Box Set (Paperback)
I bought this book cheaply on a whim, and couldn't put it down. Groan, then there was the wait for the next in the trilogy, Lirael, but it was certainly worth the wait. It seemed centuries before the third book, Abhorsen, made its debut, and that, too, lived up to the anticipation.
So what makes this series so compelling? Complex well-depicted characters, fast-moving plots, a magical world full of surprises. Mr Nix's ideas are just so clever, and he writes with simplicity, of a world that he brings to life. Having said that, I haven't liked much of his other stuff, just this series.
There are 2 worlds in which these books are set - one is magical with necromancers, standing stones of power, walking dead and talking animals; yet over the boundary wall (with its barbed wire, and concerned military) is a country reminiscent of 1940s England. The first and second books both have strong, introverted teenage heroines who have to learn their inherited powers in extremis before disaster strikes, the third book is very much a tidy-up of loose ends, and an answer to background questions, but, by the time, you've read the first two books, you are so sucked-in, you want to know. The writing in all 3 is superb.
So, to summarise, good writing, good characterisation, but you need to read them in series order.
Oh, Nix has since written a couple of others set in the same world - The Creature in the Case, and Across the Wall - A Tale of the Abhorsen and other stories