I just finished Terciel and Elinor by Garth Nix, prequel to his Abhorsen series, telling the tale of Sabriel's parents. To paraphrase Elinor herself, it is the tale of a girl who, though ignorant of her magical heritage and without known family, is swept up onto a path rich in pain and love, loss and hope, until she finds both her place and lasting love in the Old Kingdom with the Abhorsen. A tale that makes the story of their daughter, Sabriel, all the richer. A tale that, in typical Nix fashion, has a heart-stopping climax.
ever, tis a joy returning to the Old Kingdom, a land that is almost as
near to my heart as Middle-earth, for Abhorsens' the never-ending battle
to keep the Dead down shaped me in key ways, forming a central crux of
what I call the Fantasy morality.
Farewell Terciel & Elinor, Tizanael, Mirelle of the Clayr, and, of course, Mogget. Until next time, for the Ninth Gate no bar to my reading.
Everyone and everything has a time to die.