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Nicholas Sayre will do anything to get across the Wall...

Thoughts of Lirael and Sam haunt his dreams, and he has come to realize that his destiny lies with them, in the Old Kingdom. But here in Ancelstierre, Nick faces an obstacle that is not entirely human, with a strange power that seems to come from Nicholas himself.

With "Nicholas Sayre and the Creature in the Case," Garth Nix continues to explore the magical world of the Abhorsen Trilogy. In additional short stories that range from two widely different takes on the Merlin myth to a gritty urban version of Hansel and Gretel and a heartbreaking story of children and war, Garth Nix displays the range and versatility that has made him one of today's leading writers of fantasy for readers of all ages.

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"[A] grand fantasy adventure tale....Fans will eagerly anticipate this volume and find a nice range of writing from one of the leading fantasy writers at work today." Kirkus Reviews

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"Readers of the author's bestselling Abhorsen trilogy will find themselves right at home in this horror/fantasy/mystery..." School Library Journal

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"Garth Nix fans will enjoy the author's preface...which offers insight into his writing process, almost as much as the dozen tales offered in the collection..." Publishers Weekly

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"Even less-experienced readers...will enjoy getting to know Nick on his own terms, unhampered by the evil influences of a body-stealing demon....Buy this with the understanding that the packaging will attract the full spectrum of Nix's fans, but that younger ones may get more than they bargained for." Booklist

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Return to the world of the bestselling Abhorsen trilogy with this brand-new novella from Garth Nix. The book also includes 12 diverse short stories, from a grittily urban Hansel and Gretel tale to a heartbreaking story of children and war.

About the Author

Garth Nix grew up in Canberra, Australia. Besides being a full-time writer, he has worked as a sales rep, publicist, editor, marketing communications consultant, literary agent, and part-time soldier. He is the author of Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen, the books in the internationally bestselling Abhorsen trilogy, as well as Shade's Children and The Ragwitch. He now lives in Sydney, a five-minute walk from Coogee Beach, with his wife, Anna, his sons, Thomas and Edward, and lots of books.

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crowyhead, October 23, 2007 (view all comments by crowyhead)
The long Old Kingdom story in this collection, "Nicholas Sayre and the Creature in the Cabinet," is really well-written and a lot of fun. The other stories vary in quality and are by and large kind of forgettable.
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Shoshana, May 25, 2007 (view all comments by Shoshana)
An all right but somewhat disappointing collection from the author of the Abhorsen trilogy. The title is misleading; the novella to which it refers is about Nicholas Sayre and the Abhorsen is not in evidence. It's a fine novella if you've read the triology; without that background, it would be mystifying.

Since plot is Nix's strong point as a writer, his short stories seem especially thin and not particularly noteworthy. The stories vary in skillfulness and interest. I enjoyed "From the Lighthouse" and "Hansel's Eyes." The others faded quickly from my memory.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060747152
Subtitle:
A Tale of the Abhorsen and Other Stories
Author:
Nix, Garth
Author:
by Garth Nix
Author:
by Garth Nix
Publisher:
HarperTeen
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - Fantasy
Subject:
Short stories
Subject:
Fantasy
Subject:
Imaginary places
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
August 2006
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
6.76x4.24x1.00 in. .46 lbs.
Age Level:
12-17

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Product details 432 pages Eos - English 9780060747152 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[A] grand fantasy adventure tale....Fans will eagerly anticipate this volume and find a nice range of writing from one of the leading fantasy writers at work today."
"Review" by , "Readers of the author's bestselling Abhorsen trilogy will find themselves right at home in this horror/fantasy/mystery..."
"Review" by , "Garth Nix fans will enjoy the author's preface...which offers insight into his writing process, almost as much as the dozen tales offered in the collection..."
"Review" by , "Even less-experienced readers...will enjoy getting to know Nick on his own terms, unhampered by the evil influences of a body-stealing demon....Buy this with the understanding that the packaging will attract the full spectrum of Nix's fans, but that younger ones may get more than they bargained for."
"Synopsis" by , Return to the world of the bestselling Abhorsen trilogy with this brand-new novella from Garth Nix. The book also includes 12 diverse short stories, from a grittily urban Hansel and Gretel tale to a heartbreaking story of children and war.
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