Opening line: ‘I am going back to the Old Kingdom, Uncle,’ said Nicholas Sayre.
Six months later, Nicholas Sayre is still recovering from the strange event at Forwin Mill. Something to do with magic and the Old Kingdom, with the Abhorsen, King Touchstone, and the Disreputable Dog. Nicholas thought he could stay in Ancelstierre and try to forget those unusual events he got mixed up in, but he was wrong. He just didn’t know how wrong he was — that is, until he went to a house party and found an unusual creature in a case. The Free Magic creature was waking up… with no Charter Mage or Abhorsen nearby to help him.
I read the Abhorsen trilogy two years ago, and was crestfallen when I finished reading it. Imagine my excitement when I saw that the used bookstore had The Creature in the Case by Garth Nix. The Creature in the Case is a novella set six months after the end of Abhorsen, the last book in the Abhorsen triology. You do need to have read the trilogy to read this book. Nicholas was never my favourite character, but I did enjoy seeing more of Ancelstierre in this book. I’m also pleased to discover that Nix has another novella set in the Old Kingdom series, To Hold the Bridge, and also that he has another novel coming out in 2014. Now, where to find the novella in the meantime…?