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TBR Spotlight: Terciel and Elinor by Garth Nix

This book has only recently arrived, but that’s how the numbers shake out sometimes – it’s #293, Terciel and Elinor by Garth Nix!

A thrilling, atmospheric dive into the history of the Abhorsen, featuring Sabriel’s parents, Terciel and Elinor.

In the Old Kingdom, a land of ancient and often terrible magics, eighteen year-old orphan Terciel is learning the art of necromancy – but not to raise the Dead, rather to lay them to rest. He is the Abhorsen-in-Waiting, the latest in a long line of people whose task it is to make sure the Dead do not return to Life.

Across the Wall in Ancelstierre, a steam-age country where magic usually does not work, nineteen year-old Elinor lives a secluded life, her only friends an old governess and an even older groom who was once a famous circus performer. Her mother is a tyrant, feared by all despite her sickness and impending death . . .

Elinor does not know she is deeply connected to the Old Kingdom, until a plot by an ancient enemy of the Abhorsens brings Terciel to Ancelstierre. In a single day of fire and death and loss, Elinor finds herself set on a path which will take her into the Old Kingdom, into Terciel’s life, and will embroil her in the struggle of the Abhorsens against the Dead who will not stay dead.

I fell in love with Sabriel and its sequels when I was younger, with their mix of magic, horror, adventure, and practical young women getting stuff done, so I was delighted when this popped through my letterbox unexpectedly from Hot Key Books! I actually missed reading Goldenhand, the most recently published book before this one, but as Terciel and Elinor is set well before everything that’s happened so far, I think I should be okay to start this soon, and I’m really looking forward to returning to the Old Kingdom world. Hopefully it will capture the magic that enthralled me as a kid!

Is this on your TBR, or have you read it? I’d love to see your reviews!

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Review: The Witness for the Dead by Katherine Addison

The Goblin Emperor is one of my favourite fantasy books, so I was very excited for this follow up set in the same world – it’s different, but it’s also excellent!

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TBR Spotlight: Shadow of a Dead God by Patrick Samphire

Mondays are coming around so fast – after today, there are only six left in the year! This time around the random number generator picked #178, Shadow of a Dead God by Patrick Samphire.

It was only supposed to be one little job – a simple curse-breaking for Mennik Thorn to pay back a favour to his oldest friend. But then it all blew up in his face. Now he’s been framed for a murder he didn’t commit.

So how is a second-rate mage, broke, traumatized, and with a habit of annoying the wrong people, supposed to prove his innocence when everyone believes he’s guilty?

Mennik has no choice if he wants to get out of this: he is going to have to throw himself into the corrupt world of the city’s high mages, a world he fled years ago. Faced by supernatural beasts, the mage-killing Ash Guard, and a ruthless, unknown adversary, it’s going to take every trick Mennik can summon just to keep him and his friend alive.

But a new, dark power is rising in Agatos, and all that stands in its way is one damaged mage…

I’ve read most of Patrick Samphire’s other work, and really enjoyed it, especially his two series set on a Regency Mars, so it was a no-brainer for me to preorder this. I just haven’t gotten around to it yet, even though everyone I know who’s read it thinks it’s great! After loving The Last Smile in Sunder City, I’m definitely up for more noir-ish, secondary world urban fantasy, and it sounds like there’s a good balance of humour and mystery here. I’m really looking forward to it.

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TBR Spotlight: The Mask of Aribella by Anna Hoghton

This week the random number generator gave me #156, The Mask of Aribella by Anna Hoghton, which is super pretty!

On the eve of her birthday, Aribella discovers she has a secret power – when angered, flames shoot from her fingertips.

Frightened, she runs away, only to be rescued by a magical organization of masked heroes with their own special skills. Aribella and her new friends have sworn to defend Venice, but can they defeat the evil rising from the Island of the Dead?

A captivating middle-grade fantasy in the entrancing setting of historical Venice.

I always enjoy fantasies set in Venice or cities with a lot of Venetian elements, because there’s just something about it that lends itself so well to mystery and magic, but I’ve rarely seen it used in children’s books, so I’m excited to see how it’s handled in this middle grade read.. I remember buying this in Waterstones in Oxford when I stopped in to get a copy of something else (I think A Sprinkle of Sorcery?), and the bookseller recommended it, but it quickly disappeared into the depths of my TBR. It definitely seems like it’s going to be my cup of tea!

Have you read this, or is it on your TBR? Let me know!