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A new fantasy masterpiece from Garth Nix, bestselling author of the Old Kingdom series.More than a century has passed since Liliath crept into the empty sarcophagus of Saint Marguerite, fleeing the...
A new fantasy masterpiece from Garth Nix, bestselling author of the Old Kingdom series.More than a century has passed since Liliath crept into the empty sarcophagus of Saint Marguerite, fleeing the...
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  • A new fantasy masterpiece from Garth Nix, bestselling author of the Old Kingdom series.

    More than a century has passed since Liliath crept into the empty sarcophagus of Saint Marguerite, fleeing the Fall of Ystara. But she emerges from her magical sleep still beautiful, looking no more than nineteen, and once again renews her single-minded quest to be united with her lover, Palleniel, the archangel of Ystara.

    It's a seemingly impossible quest, but Liliath is one of the greatest practitioners of angelic magic to have ever lived, summoning angels and forcing them to do her bidding. Four young people hold her interest: Simeon, a studious doctor-in-training; Henri, a dedicated fortune hunter; Agnez, a glory-seeking musketeer; and Dorotea, icon-maker and scholar of angelic magic.

    The four feel a strange kinship from the moment they meet but do not suspect their importance. And none of them know just how Liliath plans to use them, as mere pawns in her plan, no matter the cost to everyone else . . .

    Fans of Cassandra Clare, Holly Black, and Leigh Bardugo will fall in love with Angel Mage, a feminist fantasy that takes place in an alternate European world ruled by fearsome magic and deadly passions.

About the Author-

  • Garth Nix is a New York Times bestselling novelist and has been a full-time writer since 2001, but has also 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 many books include the Old Kingdom fantasy series, beginning with Sabriel and continuing to Goldenhand; the sci-fi novels Shade's Children and A Confusion of Princes; the Regency romance with magic Newt's Emerald; and novels for children including The Ragwitch, the Seventh Tower series, the Keys to the Kingdom series, and Frogkisser!, which is now in development as a feature film with Fox Animation/Blue Sky Studios. Garth has written numerous short stories, some of which are collected in Across the Wall and To Hold the Bridge. He has also cowritten several children's book series with Sean Williams, including TroubleTwisters and Have Sword, Will Travel.

    More than six million copies of his books have been sold around the world and his work has been translated into forty-two languages. You can find him online at www.garthnix.com.

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  • School Library Journal

    August 1, 2019

    Gr 9 Up-One-hundred-thirty-seven years have passed since the land of Ystara fell to beastlings and the ash blood plague. Now the infamous mage Liliath has woken from a deep slumber, determined to rally the ancestors of Ystara and summon the archangel Palleniel. In order to do so, she will murder and seduce her way into the Queen's court even while she gathers the four individuals necessary for Palleniel's summoning: the tall, serious medical student Simeon, the dreamy artist and icon-maker Dorotea, the quick-tempered Musketeer Agnez, and the treasure-enamored clerk Henri. Together the four must use every talent at their disposal to avoid being drawn too deep into Liliath's deadly plot. Dedicated to Alexander Dumas and 1970's musketeer films, this novel is set in a world both familiar and enjoyably unique, featuring political intrigue and swordplay combined with extensive fantasy lore and a complicated angelic magic system. Nix has included strong female characters and a no-nonsense approach to sexuality. Unfortunately, the author's efforts to flesh out the world and its many characters sacrifices plot progression for exposition. However, readers willing to plod through the first third of the book will be rewarded with a quickened pace. VERDICT Though occasionally marred by pacing issues, this is a very interesting novel. Recommended for high school libraries and for readers looking for fantasy with a historical literary flair.-Lara Goldstein, Orange County Public Libraries, NC

    Copyright 2019 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Kirkus

    August 1, 2019
    In Nix's (Let Sleeping Dragons Lie, 2018, etc.) latest, a cruel and power-hungry angelic mage, set on reuniting with her Archangel lover, sets her sights on four very special teens. In this fantasy world, humans use icons to call on angelic assistance for tasks ranging from trivial to life altering. Almost 140 years ago, Liliath, a renowned icon maker and preternaturally skilled angelic mage, unleashed the Ash Blood plague, which transformed its victims into horrific beastlings, upon Ystara. Now she has awakened and seeks to use four young men and women to meet her goal: Agnez Descaray, a cadet in the Queen's Musketeers; budding doctor Simeon MacNeel; Cardinal's clerk Henri Dupallidin; and Dorotea Imsel, a uniquely talented icon maker. The friendships they forge may be the key to stopping Liliath. Nix's complex system of angelic magic, and the toll it takes, is fascinating, and he weaves an exciting adventure full of intrigue and action while portraying women in power in a refreshingly casual way. Agnez, full of swagger, biting wit, and an often troublesome eagerness to duel at every opportunity, is a joy, and the obsessed Liliath is heedless of the death and destruction she brings about. Liliath, Simon, Agnez, and Dorotea, along with many of the most powerful characters, have brown or black skin, Henri is pale, and there is a wide variety of skin tones throughout the cast. An original and gripping adventure. (hierarchy of angels, maps) (Fantasy. 14-18)

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from September 9, 2019
    Nix (Frogkisser!) builds a Dumas-inspired world filled with angelic legions in this tremendous fantasy that follows Angel Mage Liliath, newly risen from more than a century of magical sleep and ready to reunite with the archangel of Ystara, whom she both loves and compels. Her scheme to return to Ystara depends on the presence of four friends, all 18-year-old provincials newly arrived in the neighboring capital of Sarance: a scholar and icon painter of unusual ability; a new cadet in the Queen’s Musketeers; a clerk who serves the Cardinal; and a student doctor of some skill. Liliath gathers supporters among the Refusers, whose ancestors fled their native Ystara and cannot be touched by magic following an angelic disaster that cursed the population. Readers familiar with The Three Musketeers will see echoes of it here: a chance meeting among the four friends, an intrigue with some jewelry, and Liliath in the role of the mysterious female foe. A unique magical system based on angel summoning and icons, deft characterization—including male and female protagonists and LGBTQ representation—and an affectionate rendering of Dumas’s style will delight teen and adult fans of swashbuckling romance. Ages 14–up. Agent: Jill Grinberg, Jill Grinberg Literary Management.

  • Booklist

    Starred review from August 1, 2019
    Grades 8-12 *Starred Review* The book begins with the gruesome fall of Ystara. Liliath has led this ill-conceived venture, and now her hopes of uniting with her love, Palleniel, the kingdom's archangel, have been thwarted. Not to worry: a hundred-plus-year sleep gives Liliath a break, and when she arises from her sarcophagus, as lovely as ever, she's ready with a new plan. Part of that involves four young adults, Agnez, a musketeer-in-training; Simeon, a young doctor; upwardly mobile Henri; and the dreamy Dorotea, whose skill in creating angelic icons is of great interest to Liliath, whose ability to summon angels makes her almost invincible. Though the story line gets murky at times, it takes a backseat to the vivid characters, who jump off the pages. Each of the young people has his or her own interesting back stories, and their growing relationships, as they try to figure out just how they are connected, steals the show. But there are plenty of embellishments that enhance the more personal aspects of the story: scary beastlings, brutal battles, and the harnessed power of angelic magic. Liliath's machinations, not completely revealed until the end, also keep pages turning. And kudos to fantasy stalwart Nix for a story with gender and racial equality, a fact that is shown but not discussed, because it shouldn't have to be.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2019, American Library Association.)

  • Publishers Weekly (starred review) "A unique magical system based on angel summoning and icons, deft characterization—including male and female protagonists and LGBTQ representation—and an affectionate rendering of Dumas's style will delight teen and adult fans of swashbuckling romance."
  • Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "Nix's complex system of angelic magic, and the toll it takes, is fascinating, and he weaves an exciting adventure full of intrigue and action while portraying women in power in a refreshingly casual way. An original and gripping adventure."
  • Booklist (starred review) "The vivid characters . . . jump off the pages. Their growing relationships steal the show. But there are plenty of embellishments that enhance the more personal aspects of the story. And kudos to fantasy stalwart Nix for a story with gender and racial equality."
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books "A character-driven fantasy that still stays true its adventure roots. [with] thoughtful, complex world building. Well-wrought differences in the character and voice of those teens . . . add nuance and depth to their racial diversity, while the novel as a whole recasts angels and familiar characters alike in ways that play on gendered expectations. Overall, this is a captivating and memorable tale that will please longstanding Nix fans and other lovers of intelligently written fantasy."
  • Horn Book Magazine

    "With their complementary personalities and easy affection, the four friends are an endearing, sibling-like group; Liliath, “ferociously single-minded,” makes a fascinating antagonist. . . . the pace picks up with plenty of court intrigue, beastling attacks, witty banter, and the posturing of rival military fac­tions. In addition to its fantastical elements, Nix's setting is characterized by wel­come gender equality, orientation inclusivity, and racial diversity."

  • Kirkus Reviews (starred review) Praise for Goldenhand: "A masterfully spun tale well worth the years long wait."

  • Horn Book Magazine "Fans will cheer this latest volume- tightly paced with a satisfying resolution, capable and relatable female characters, plenty of action, and reappearances by beloved characters-and fervently hope for more to come."

  • School Library Journal "Nix has included strong female characters and a no-nonsense approach to sexuality. Recommended for high school libraries and for readers looking for fantasy with a historical literary flair."
  • Leigh Bardugo, New York Times bestselling author of Six of Crows and The Grisha Trilogy "There is no joy like returning to the Old Kingdom. Once again, Nix sets the standard for fantasy, bringing us a tale full of old friends and new enemies, gruesome monsters, and heroines of wit, will, and imagination."

  • Sarah J. Maas, author of the best-selling Throne of Glass series "Goldenhand reaffirms why Nix is a master of the genre: his exquisitely detailed world-building is unparalleled, and his characters are so tremendously alive and compelling that."

  • Brandon Sanderson, New York Times bestselling author of the Mistborn trilogy, Warbreaker, The Alloy of Law, The Way of Kings, Rithmatist, and Steelheart.

    "Garth Nix is one of the best worldbuilders in fantasy, and this book is merely further proof. I love the Old Kingdom series, and Goldenhand is an excellent continuation, packed with the excitement and passion of a storytelling virtuoso at the height of his abilities."
  • Publishers Weekly (starred review) Praise for the Old Kingdom series: Praise for Clariel: "Between striking characters-from the heroic if not entirely competent young Abhorsen-in-Waiting, Belatiel, to the enigmatic, catlike Mogget-and Nix's brilliantly complex magic system, this superb tale is exactly the book fans of the series have been awaiting."

  • Booklist (starred review) "Themes of freedom and destiny underpin Clariel's harrowing, bittersweet story, and readers will delight in the telling (and in fan favorite Mogget's return)."

  • School Library Journal (starred review) "Clariel is a deeply sympathetic character faced with complicated choices, the consequences of which are frighteningly uncertain as she is pulled between the wild Free Magic and the disciplined Charter."
  • Shelf Awareness (starred review) "Nix's tale provides a complete experience unto itself. But his focus on this strong character whose overriding passion is to go her own way provides a hugely satisfying background to the other Abhorsen books. A suspenseful prequel to the much-loved Abhorsen books, showcasing the independent Clariel."

  • Philip Pullman, author of His Dark Materials trilogy Praise for SABRIEL: "Sabriel is a...

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