Oh my word. I loved the Old Kingdom books growing up, and when I found out about Clariel, I thought I was going to die of happiness.
Set 600 years before Sabriel, this one follows Clariel as she moves to the big city, gets muddled up in politics and Free Magic, and comes to terms with the rage inside her.
It’s wonderfully paced, the story was interesting, and the characters delightful. I was very happy to see Mogget pop up, he’s always been a favourite of mine. I would have liked Clariel to pull up her socks a little earlier in the piece, instead of moaning quite so much but - that’s who the character is, and it’s more the like the exasperation when someone in a horror movie does something stupid than poor writing. Having a heroine that isn’t interested in romantic relationships is a refreshing change, as is not having to put up with constant suitors attempting to change that.
I’d love to see more of Belatiel, and with the way Clariel ends, I presume that’s going to be the case.
I can definitely recommend this series to anyone and everyone, especially if you like YA and/or epic-type fantasy.