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Quotes and Minireviews of the Old Kingdom books

So today as part of Garth Nix appreciation week I’m going to show all sorts of pictures of quotes that I have illustrated in an unabashed effort to get you to read Garth Nix. Enjoy -Shanti

Sabriel: Sabriel is a very good book for many, many reasons, but one of the main ones is that the characters are really well written. Mogget, Sabriel and Touchstone all have their own struggles- accepting their role in the Old Kingdom, claiming responsibility for their actions, and deceit. But they manage to deal with this and it is areally cool journey. it is pretty hard for me to review these books without fangirling the entire time. The magic in this book is really interesting and works in a fascinating way. I also love the idea of a river of death. Shar thought that this book was unbearably slow, but I loved the plot, with the journey aspect, and fascinating twists and turns.

Lirael: If you haven’t worked this out yet, this is one of my favourite books ever. Liraels’ struggle with depression is something that isn’t shown very much in speculative fiction, but I really like it, and it is incredibly realistic. I love how Lirael is an armed Librarian and all the scenes with the Library are amazing. her and the Dog that she calls are good friends, and it is hiliarious listening to their conversations. Lirael also feels like a real outsider, and I like how this theme is developed. The parts with Sameth in them aren’t so interesting, but are cool nonetheless. This book doesn’t need to be read in order with Sabriel, though it helps, but has to be read with Abhorsen. And the ending just fits in so well! Liraels powers are awesomeness to the extreme.

Abhorsen: It amazes me how this book manages to deal with horrendous odds and the end of the world yet still be amazing and  funny (see, I’m not coherent around the Old Kingdom). The darkness and horror of the magic make the plot super interesting, filled with the question of what will happen next. A lot of secrets about magic are revealed, there are a lot of Dead, and the stakes are a lot higher….only on future doesn’t involve charring and burning. Orannis is a force to be reckoned against. The characters really grow in this book and that is fun to see, plus seeing all this foreshadowing  resulting in something is always entertaining.

This is a recurring quote throughout the books

This is a recurring quote throughout the books

I painted my hand full of these symbols because It was fun
I painted my hand full of these symbols because It was fun
This is a quote from a evil free magic being in Sabriel, with a peversion of a Charter Mark that is evil
This is a quote from a evil free magic being in Sabriel, with a peversion of a Charter Mark that is evil
Lirael has finally come to accept herself, and knows that she  is a true daughter of the Clayr
Lirael has finally come to accept herself, and knows that she is a true daughter of the Clayr
Sabriel has an ongoing struggle with her role as a Abhorsen, because she doesn't like being part of it
Sabriel has an ongoing struggle with her role as a Abhorsen, because she doesn’t like being part of it
Lirael and the Dog are such lovely friends, and this quote is when Lirael finally trusts the Dog
Lirael and the Dog are such lovely friends, and this quote is when Lirael finally trusts the Dog
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