Goldenhand - The Old Kingdom 5

Goldenhand - The Old Kingdom 5 : The brand new book from bestselling author Garth Nix

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Goldenhand is the long-awaited fifth installment of Garth Nix's New York Times bestselling Old Kingdom series

Lirael is no longer a shy Second Assistant Librarian. She is the Abhorsen-in-Waiting, with dead creatures to battle and Free Magic entities to bind. She's also a Remembrancer, and wielder of the Dark Mirror.
When Lirael finds Nicholas Sayre lying unconscious after being attacked by a hideous Free Magic creature, she uses her powers to save him. But Nicholas is deeply tainted with Free magic and Lirael must seek help for him at her childhood home, the Clayr's Glacier.
But even as she returns to the Clayr, a messenger is trying to reach Lirael with a dire warning from her long-dead mother, Arielle, about the Witch with No Face. But who is the Witch, and what is she planning?

Once more a great danger threatens the Old Kingdom, and it must be forestalled not only in the living world, but also in the cold, remorseless river of Death.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 432 pages
  • 159 x 206 x 38mm | 592g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1471404447
  • 9781471404443
  • 126,327

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Nix's signature talent is in full effect, creating strong female characters, lucid descriptions, and an absorbing plot (...) A masterfully spun tale well worth the yearslong wait * Kirkus Reviews * Fans will be happy to know that this is by far the stand-out in the series * i Newspaper * Garth Nix will forever have a fan in me, and I already long for another epic tale to add to this collection. Please, sir, don't deny me that joy * * Nix has triumphed once again, with striking and utterly believable characters, compelling themes of freedom and destiny and a story that will captivate readers from the first to the very last page * Inis Reading Guide * Garth Nix writes thrilling fantasy for people who don't like fantasy (...) this book doesn't disappoint (...) Start this riveting series and you'll miss Christmas entirely -- Alex O'Connell * The Times (Saturday Review) * Garth Nix is indeed a master fantasy writer, creating a wholly believable world, peopled with characters the reader comes to care deeply about. His attention to detail brings the world of the Old Kingdom alive, imbuing every page with Charter Magic so real you can almost feel it at your fingertips. If you have not read his work before, I urge you to seek out this spellbinding series; if you are an aficionado, then prepare to be enthralled once more. * Reading Zone *
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About Garth Nix

Garth Nix was born in 1963 in Melbourne, Australia. A full-time writer since 2001, he has worked as a literary agent, marketing consultant, book editor, book publicist, book sales representative, bookseller, and as a part-time soldier in the Australian Army Reserve. Garth's books include the award-winning Old Kingdom fantasy novels; the six books of The Seventh Tower sequence; The Keys to the Kingdom series; and with Sean Williams, the Troubletwisters books and Spirit Animals: Blood Ties. He is also the author of Frogkisser! and other novels for younger children.

More than six million copies of Garth's books have been sold around the world and his work has been translated into 40 languages. He lives in Sydney, Australia. Follow Garth on twitter at @garthnix or at
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