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Nix does it AGAIN!
on 24 February 2005
The Creature in the Case is a short, but oh so sweet, spin off to Nix's thrilling Old Kingdom trilogy. For those who have yet to read Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen my advice is that you do NOT start your journey into the Old Kingdom here. Not only will it spoil those book enormously, but you will not enjoy this little treasure in all it's glory. However, if like myself you have fond memories of your time in the Old Kingdom while reading of the adventures of Sabriel and later Lirael (the heroines of Nix's adventures) then this will be a truly unmissable event!
Although the book feels more like a booklet, it certainly does not read like one. For all those who may be resentful towards Nix for not giving us the much longer fix we all desire (or need if you will) I ask you to remember that this was written for "World Book Day", and should thus be treated as a gift, a precious one, all 108 pages of it.
Although the story doesn't revolve around either of the two heroines from the previous adventures, or even take place across the wall in the magical lands of the Old Kingdom, the story and the writing are infused with the same brilliance that resonates so strongly from the trilogy. This is clearly felt in the ease with which you feel yourself slipping back into this world Nix has so elaborately created.
This is truly a fabulous book. Despite it's length I am sure those who read it will remember it very fondly. And when you consider that it's only £1, then you really can't help but give it full marks.
For those who've never ventured into the Old Kingdom this will still be a lot of fun, but enormously under appreciated. For those who've already been blown away by the trilogy, this will bring it all back and take it a step further.
You MUST buy this, quite simply because there isn't a single good reason not to do so...