We waited years for Clariel to come out. Years. So many years we forgot that we were waiting. Getting our hands on a copy of this book felt impossibly good.

What’s not to love about the world of the Old Kingdom? For one thing, surcoats. After reading this series who doesn’t want a surcoat to go over their armour with in royal blue and decorated with silver keys? For another a world that is not divided by gender, how rare is that? For another, necromancers, bells and charter marks.

Those wonderful things are in Clariel but the story itself seemed a little, lacking. Clariel whined, and whined a lot about things that could easily be put on hold, and consequently fell from grace. Had she had a little bit of patience the whole thing could have been avoided. And when Clariel got a little annoying there were  lot of secondary characters that we could have fell back to, but that never happened.

The book marks a welcome return to the Abhorsen series, with promises of sequels to come. If you have been dying for an Old Kingdom fix, by all means Clariel will be a decent read, but if you’ve never read the series before I recommend you start from the beginning and give yourself a good chance to fall in love with the world, before you pick up Clariel.

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I graduated with a BA in English and minors in Film, Women Studies, and Religion and Culture. I adore fantasy and sci-fi, especially when it comes to the YA section, but that doesn't mean I don't read anything else. When I'm not reading, I'm writing, biking, taking my dog for long walks or watching anime.

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