Random News: Clariel’s USA Cover and Pre-Order Info

Hello Lovely Readers,

I am so excited to share with you some more information about Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen by Garth Nix. In a post on Buzzfeed that you view here, the USA cover was revealed, the plot synopsis, and the USA releases date. Tied in with the official release date is that the book is now available for pre-order! The USA release date is 14 October 2014, and the UK and Australian covers are most likely to be released in April (although exact timing is unknown). Check out the cover below, followed by the synopsis.

Clariel is the daughter of the one of the most notable families in the Old Kingdom, with blood relations to the Abhorsen and, most importantly, to the King. When her family moves to the city of Belisaere, there are rumors that her mother is next in line for the throne. However, Clariel wants no part of it—a natural hunter, all she ever thinks about is escaping the city’s confining walls and journeying back to the quiet, green world of the Great Forest.

But many forces conspire against Clariel’s dream. A dangerous Free Magic creature is loose in the city, her parents want to marry her off to a killer, and there is a plot brewing against the old and withdrawn King Orrikan. When Clariel is drawn into the efforts to find and capture the creature, she discovers hidden sorcery within herself, yet it is magic that carries great dangers. Can she rise above the temptation of power, escape the unwanted marriage, and save the King?

Also Nix had previously released on Twitter a hand drawn map of the world of The Old Kingdom series. Check that out below.

Are you guys as excited by this as we are? Will you be pre-ordering the book?

Until next time,


Book Review: Newt’s Emerald

Book Title: Newt’s Emerald

Author: Garth Nix

“Truthful stared down at his set face, and fought back the urge to cry. No-one had ever spoken to her like that before, but fear soon gave way to her own anger.”
Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix

Final Verdict: A fun read, with elements for everyone, and makes you smile as you read it!

For the full review, click the name of the book.

Random News: Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen– Specific Date of Release

Hello Lovely Readers,

As many of you have seen, we have tried to keep you up to date about when Clariel by Garth Nix will be released. It has all been hints and guess based on Garth Nix’s posts on Twitter and Facebook. Today, we have from those same sources some very exciting news. Hidden in a contest on reviews of Newt’s Emerald (a new e-book by Nix, which I highly recommend), Nix himself had some information about Clariel‘s release, as you can see below!

So it looks like we can now start counting down to 21st October of this year! Plenty of time to re-read the whole Old Kingdom series. Even more encouraging, Nix also shared a photo of some proofs he had just received to correct, as you can see below.

I would also recommend for those of you who are really keen for the book to pay attention to Nix’s Facebook page, as he has had many contests where he gives away Clariel sneaklets and some of the bell charms! Frances and I have been desperately trying to win these, but with no such luck so far!

Are you guys ready to start counting down with us? Hopefully we will have news soon about per-ordering the book!

Until next time,

Random News: Fantasy Characters who are Kick-Ass Females

Hello Sweeties,

So Monday I was procrastinating and came across a list of the Top 65 Kick-Ass Female Fantasy Characters. It was great to see how many were from books (or movies/TV shows based on books). I was happy to see that a book character was the one in the top spot, however the list got me thinking. Frances and I love reading books with strong females in them, and if there aren’t any strong female characters that is one of the firs things we comment on to each other. For me, while i can like strong female characters in movies, I remember the ones from books first. I think this is partly because you usually have more insight into her mind in books.

I thought in honor of that list, I would mention some of my favorite Kick-Ass Female Characters. However, I really cannot rank mine, so they are in a random order.

1. Sabriel and Lireal from the Old Kingdom Series by Garth Nix

2. Risika from In the Forest of the Night by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

3. Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling

4. Aerin (The Hero and the Crown) and Harry (The Blue Sword) from the Damar Books by Robin McKinley

5. Ella from Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Lavine

6. Sally Lockhart from the Sally Lockhart Mystery Series by Phillip Pullman

7. Katniss from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

8. Tris from Divergent by Veronica Roth

9. Dora from Demonic Dora by Claire Chilton

10. Sofie from Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

What about you guys? Who would you say are your favorite strong female characters? Hopefully if you are unfamiliar with any of these characters you will be willing to give the books a chance!

Until next time,

Random News: Garth Nix Bell Contest

Hello Sweeties,

If you are anything like me you are very eagerly awaiting the release of the next book in The Old Kingdom Series, Clariel. And unfortunately the book is not going to be published until September 2014. If you are not familiar with Garth Nix and this amazing series, you really need to run to your local library or bookstore and pick up a copy of any of the books (although you really need to read Lireal to understand Abhorsen).

So while September 2014 is a long ways away, there is some exciting news from Garth Nix. On his Facebook page, Nix has announced a chance to win some really cool things. The first thing that the 7 lucky winners will get is 2 of the bell charms based on the bells used by the characters in the books. I have wanted a whole set for so long, and unfortunately the store has been sold out for a long time (you can visit the shop here). The 2 bells are worth at least 80 Australian Dollars, you can see some of the bells below. However, that is not it, in fact you will also get a 2 chapter sneak peak at Clariel, that are signed and numbered. This is an incredible opportunity!

So what do you need to do to enter? All you have to do is write a review of Sabriel and post it here. Then you go to Garth Nix’s Facebook note about this and say what name you left your review under. It really is that simple! You have until 8th September to enter.

I have already left my review and name. I wish you guys all the best, and if one of you wins, I’m sure you could share a bell, right? ^_^ Anyways, I hope some of you take advantage of this opportunity!

Until next time,

Random News: Old Kingdom Trilogy Covers

Hello Sweeties,

So my Facebook feed was randomly filled with various covers of Garth Nix’s books today. He seemed to be doing some cleaning and found all of his foreign language copies of his books, and decided to post pictures of the various covers. As an American now living in the UK I am always surprised at how different book covers can be, sometimes for better and sometimes not. However, it was all the covers of the Old Kingdom books that caught my eye. Some where absolutely gorgeous, and I will share some of them below. Others were a bit mystifying, such as the Chinese cover for Sabriel that had an old man with a long white beard phasing through a wall (that wasn’t in the book, for those who were wondering). I will freely admit that I judge books by their covers when I am looking for new ones. The ones below are books that would have cause me to pick them up, and actually although it is not below, the American cover of Sabriel is what caused me to pick it up the first time!

So enjoy the photos below. If you want to check out more of the covers and some of his other series, you can click here to see Garth Nix’s Twitter page (where the photos originated).

Until next time,

Random News: Clariel The Lost Abhorsen — Release Date and Small Sneak Peak

Hi everyone,

Garth Nix has announced that the release of Clariel will be September 2014. I’m sad that Clariel won’t be released for over a year, but the small sneak peak of the prologue and the first chapter was nice to read! You can see these here: http://insideadog.com.au/blog/release-date-clariel-small-sneak-peek#node-form

I guess we will just have to make do with re-reading the other three books in this series between now and then.

Happy Reading,

Edit: The most recent information about the release date for Clariel can be found here.

Random News: Clariel Excerpt

Hi everyone,

Garth Nix has posted a page from Clariel on his facebook page (see below) while he is in the editing stage. He commented on the image that he missed a spelling error on four reads of the book. Can you see which word it is?

You can see the original post here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151523675529575&set=a.10150343415244575.398277.104277

I’ve included the URL for the image below too. I can’t wait! This makes the release of Clariel seem so much more real.

 A DRAFT page from Clariel by Garth Nix as he is editing. Posted on his facebook page (the web-link is above)

UPDATE: For an even bigger excerpt, see this post: https://francesandlynne.wordpress.com/2013/05/22/random-news-clariel-the-lost-abhorsen-release-date-and-small-sneak-peak/

Random News: Clariel by Garth Nix

Hi everyone,

Lynne is always on the look out for book related news, and when she sent this to me, I had to share it on the blog: Garth Nix’s Clariel, a prequel to The Old Kingdom Trilogy (Sabriel, Lireal and Abhorsen), is out of Nix’s hands, and in the hands of his agents and editors. If you click on the links below, the Twitter post shows an image of Clariel once it has been printed, and the Facebook post confirms that Clariel has been sent on it’s way to becoming published. Yay! It won’t be long now!

Happy Reading!


Garth Nix’s Twitter post
Garth Nix’s Facebook post

Frances and Lynne Adventure: Meeting Garth Nix





Meeting Garth Nix
Place: Waterstones in Bath
Date: 25 August 2012

The visions are fragmented and a dark cloud spreads like spilt ink across the pages of possible futures.Lirael by Garth Nix

Final Verdict: You should absolutely get to a book signing with Garth Nix! Not only does he write amazing books, but he is also a very friendly person!

For the full adventure, click the event title.