Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Clariel by Garth Nix Giveaway!

As a child, I literally devoured any book I could get my hands on. The bigger and the longer the better (I'm not much changed, I'm looking at you, ASOIAF). So when I was about nine, I can't remember exactly, a friend let me a copy of Sabriel, I sped through it as quick as I could, and asked for the next in the series (as I was big into series, as this kept my attention for longer), only to be extremely disappointed to find out there was none. Skip forward a few years, and to my delight, discovered Lireal, and subsequently Abbhorsen

Clariel by Garth Nix

So as you can see - I have long been a fan of the Old Kingdom series by Garth Nix. If you've picked up any of his works, you know he's got a great writing style. One thing I do particularly love is the way that he writes young women - which you think would be poor or a pastiche, but it's really interesting to see the perspective of a realistic and flawed young woman. I think this is something that is becoming more prevalent in literature these days, but Nix has been doing this at least since 1995, when Sabriel was released. 

The story focuses on the titular character, Clariel, who has been moved from her life in the forest, where she enjoys the company of herself, to the capital city, and is immediately thrown into a world she doesn't care for, and a society she is at odds with. I could describe more, but I think I'd be in danger of giving the plot away, but it's a really fantastic story, set in a world that reminds me of nothing else. The magic in the book really intrigues me - as someone familiar with the magic in the later books, it's interesting to see it's foundations, and what things will become. The book weaves elements of intrigue, magic and action to become what it is, and if you like any of these strands, I think you'd like this book.

I always worry when books say they can be read alone, but considering it's been quite some years since I re-read the series - I can safely say that this is a great story for someone familiar with the Old Kingdom world, and also new to it. 

You can purchase Clariel by Garth Nix at Amazon, however, Hot Key Books have given me the exciting opportunity to give away a copy of Clariel! I've never done a giveaway before, so it's really lovely to be able to give something back to you my lovely readers.
To enter, simply follow me on Bloglovin' and leave your username in the box below - that's it! You can win an extra entry if you want to follow me on Twitter. 


Terms and conditions: Giveaway is UK only. Prize is being awarded by Hot Key Books, so if you win, I will need to be given your name and address to pass on to them. Winner will be drawn at random on the 7th July - if the winner does not reply within 48 hours of me contacting them, I will pick another winner. Winner must be a follower on Bloglovin', I will check.

This copy was sent to me to review by Hot Key Books.

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