Terciel & Elinor

Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins/. (Old Kingdom: Bk. 6). Nov. 2021. 352p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780063049321.
Gr 9 Up–Nix returns to the Old Kingdom with the sixth book in the series, following Sabriel’s parents—Terciel plucked from poverty and obscurity to become the Abhorsen-in-Waiting and Elinor, an aspiring thespian in non-magical Ancelstierre who has been told her Charter mark is nothing but a scar. Elinor and Terciel are brought together time and again, eventually leading Elinor over the wall to the Abhorsen’s House and her mily history of magic. Well written and well paced, Nix’s original “Old Kingdom” trilogy is considered a YA classic for a reason. Most characters are white, with Terciel’s original brown skin being bleached by exposure to Death.
VERDICT This prequel has broad appeal, but will ultimately be picked up by fans of the original series.

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