• Terciel & Elinor

  • The Old Kingdom, Book 6
  • By: Garth Nix
  • Narrated by: Billie Fulford-Brown
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (336 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Best-selling novelist Garth Nix returns to the Old Kingdom for the never-before-told love story of Sabriel’s parents, Tericel and Elinor, and the charter magic that brought them together - and threatened to tear them apart. A long-awaited prequel to a classic fantasy series.

In the Old Kingdom, a land of ancient and often terrible magics, 18-year-old orphan Terciel learns the art of necromancy from his great-aunt Tizanael. But not to raise the Dead, rather to lay them to rest. He is the Abhorsen-in-Waiting, and Tizanael is the Abhorsen, the latest in a long line of people whose task it is to make sure the Dead do not return to life.

Across the Wall in Ancelstierre, a steam-age country where magic usually does not work, 19-year-old Elinor lives a secluded life. Her only friends an old governess and an even older groom who was once a famous circus performer. Her mother is a tyrant who is feared by all despite her sickness and impending death...but perhaps there is even more to fear from that.

Elinor does not know she is deeply connected to the Old Kingdom, nor that magic can sometimes come across the Wall, until a plot by an ancient enemy of the Abhorsens brings Terciel and Tizanael to Ancelstierre. In a single day of fire and death and loss, Elinor finds herself set on a path that will take her into the Old Kingdom, into Terciel’s life, and will embroil her in the struggle of the Abhorsens against the Dead who will not stay dead.

©2021 Garth Nix (P)2021 Listening Library

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not the right narrator

story was great, really a nice trip back into the old kingdom. but the narrator was a horrible choice. not that she's bad in general, but just far from the right voice for these characters and the setting that they are in. Far too bright and girlish. What should be dark, grave, or deep voiced characters sound...ridiculous

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  • 01-06-22

Great book, awful narration

Garth Nix once again spins a wonderful world to get lost in. This was an interesting prequel to the entire series, integrating many lingering threads from throughout the previous books. Loved every minute.

My only criticism is the narration. At first I was excited they had a female narrator, which felt fitting considering the series. However, this particular narrator was so breathy, treacly, wistful, to the point of being almost nauseating. It made the listening experience difficult. She could be a wonderful narrator if she radically dialed back the breathiness and saccharine sentimentality in her tone - unfortunately for this book it made it a bit more of a slog compared to Garth Nix's others.

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Weakest, boringest of the series

I'm six hours into this book and I don't even know if I'll be able to get through the last five and a half. It's just absolutely dragging with no hooks to keep me engaged or curious. Was so stoked to have a prequel story and get more Mogget in my life but I might go back and listen to the first three books instead. Narrator is probably the least offensive of the Not-Curry narrators but those are big shoes to fill so it's not quite fair to her to compare.

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It’s great to be back in the Old Kingdom!

What a delightful prequel to Sabriel. Much lighter in theme than Clariel, this story takes us back to familiar places and references old friends and foes.

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Feels like the original trilogy!

This book takes me back to the first time I read Sabriel (which remains to this day one of my favorite books) It gives me a similar feeling. It's wonderful to hear familiar names and references to known events. The narrator is no Tim Curry but I enjoyed the performance.

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great prequel!

I loved this story. I always enjoy going back to the Old Kingdom. ❤

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Not bad, but not great

I own and have listened to this entire series and love it. unfortunately, in my opinion this wasn't the best book in the series. It made me feel like I listener to a very long winded version of a simple story without much plot.

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Love this continuing story

Great storyline would have loved it alittle longer to fill on more as it progresses into the next story !!!!!!

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Great Read

Great addition to the series ..I was a little dissapointed because it seemed a bit short in comparison to the others but it was still great.
I hope to see addional volumes in the future seeing as the line of Abhorsen is nearly endless. would be quite interesting to delve into the making of the wall and charter and Moggets actual binding. Also
I still have my fingers crossed for a Seventh Tower Prequel Mr NiX.

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What it did for me

Terciel & Elinor has made me want to reread the entire series again. And so I shall.

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  • 11-03-21

I Love A Curry

Quite simply, the audiobook doesn't have the sparkle and brilliance without being read by Tim Curry. I struggled to keep interested.

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  • t_stevens
  • 02-15-22

garth nix amazing again

I absolutely loved it. the story is amazing and narration keeps you hooked on every word. the voices were how I'd imagine them and such a fantastic way to be introduced to sabriels parents

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  • Ra-P
  • 06-27-22

Billie saved the series!

I struggled through the last two books and nearly gave up several times thanks to the terrible narration (yes it's hard to follow the incredible Tim Curry but really?!) However, I'm glad I stuck with it to get to this one. Billie Fulford-Brown is a fantastic narrator and she brought the magic back to The Old Kingdom.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-05-22

Completion of the quintology

Great story with lots of time dealing with death and the greater dead as in earlier books. Interesting twist at the end.

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  • 01-18-22

big shoes filled

always seems like big shoes to fill since Tim curry stopped being able to narrate books but Billie does and outstanding job.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-08-21

Great book

Loved the book, its a great prequel to the Abhorsen series, but also works well as a stand alone novel. It's not quite as dark as other books in the Old Kingdom series but still has a great gripping storyline.

Billie's narration is excellent, providing a good depth and variety of characterisaions. I'm also really pleased that they used a British actress for this. There are some differences in the pronunciation of certain character names but this does not detract from the performance

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  • Claire groves
  • 11-30-21

brilliant

the story was fantasic. well read and exciting with a good range of character vioces.

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  • norma berendt
  • 11-20-21

Brilliantly done

I wondered where this book would lead to .I didn’t read up on it as I wanted a surprise and I got it . Scary at parts I had to stop listening in the dark ! . But like all these amazing books so,well written I felt I was there I loved it so much I am starting again in case I missed anything. Gorgeous ending .

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  • Zoe
  • 11-15-21

Amazing

Loved the book, much better than clariel and goldenhand, more than worth the wait.

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  • The Boy Anachronism
  • 11-05-21

Not the best in the series

This was a bit disappointing. The plot is more of the same but not particularly gripping.
Doesn't offer anything new for fans of the Old Kingdom and feels a bit recycled from the superior first two books.