The multi-bestselling Garth Nix returns to world of the Old Kingdom for a thrilling, atmospheric dive into the history of the Abhorsen, featuring Sabriel's parents, Terciel and Elinor.
“One of the greatest living fantasy writers.” – Sarah J. Maas
Eighteen-year-old orphan Terciel is learning necromancy - to lay the dead to rest, rather to raise them. He is the Abhorsen-in-Waiting, the latest in a long line whose task it is to make sure the dead do not return to life.
Across the wall in Ancelstierre, where magic does not usually work, Elinor lives a secluded life. Her mother is a tyrant, feared by all despite her impending death ... Elinor does not know she is deeply connected to the Old Kingdom, until a plot by an ancient enemy of the Abhorsens brings Terciel to Ancelstierre…
In a single day of fire, death and loss, Elinor finds herself on a path which will take her into the Old Kingdom, into Terciel's life, and embroil her in the struggle of the Abhorsens against an enemy that has no intention of remaining dead forever.