Book Review: Terciel and Elinor by Garth Nix ~ Giveaway


Title: Terciel & Elinor

By: Garth Nix

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 560

Release Date: November 2nd, 2021

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Rating: ★★★★☆


Summary from Goodreads:

In the Old Kingdom, a land of ancient and often terrible magics, eighteen year-old orphan Terciel learns the art of necromancy from his great-aunt Tizanael. But not to raise the Dead, rather to lay them to rest. He is the Abhorsen-in-Waiting, and Tizanael is the Abhorsen, 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, who is feared by all despite her sickness and impending death . . . but perhaps there is even more to fear from that.

Elinor does not know she is deeply connected to the Old Kingdom, nor that magic can sometimes come across the Wall, until a plot by an ancient enemy of the Abhorsens brings Terciel and Tizanael 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.


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Garth Nix was the one author that really got me into reading as a child. I own all his books and love the Abhorsen series. It should be no shock then to know that when I heard this book was coming out, the story of where it all began, I was jumping for joy. I'm sure my husband thought I was completely insane.

I loved the characters in this book. Terciel and Elinor come from very different backgrounds but have a shared gift in the old magic. Although one is the Abhorsen in waiting and the other is from the New Kingdom, they fit together like a glove.

The world is still as dark and compelling as in past books, and the use of necromancy and magic is still so vivid and wonderful. I would really recommend this book to anyone who has had a hard time getting into fantasy. Its an easy read in a world that begs to be explored.

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