Synopses & Reviews
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.
"[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
"Readers of the author's bestselling Abhorsen trilogy will find themselves right at home in this horror/fantasy/mystery..." School Library Journal
"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
"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
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 was born in 1963 in Melbourne, Australia. A full-time writer since 2001, he has worked as a literary agent, marketing consultant, book editor, book publicist, book sales representative, bookseller, and part-time soldier in the Australian Army Reserve. Garth's books include the award-winning fantasy novels Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen; Clariel, a prequel in the Abhorsen series; the cult favorite teen science fiction novel Shade's Children; and his critically acclaimed collection of short stories, To Hold the Bridge. His fantasy novels for younger readers include The Ragwitch, the six books of the Seventh Tower sequence, the Keys to the Kingdom series, and A Confusion of Princes. His books have appeared on the bestseller lists of the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, the Guardian, and the Australian, and his work has been translated in forty languages. He lives in Sydney, Australia, with his wife and two children.