And that would be the fourth Abhorsen book, Clariel. Garth Nix tweeted this on Sunday:
Page proofs to correct. #Clariel pic.twitter.com/WWWdgA8Mpc
— Garth Nix (@garthnix) January 19, 2014
So the fourth Abhorsen book is closer and closer to me being able to read it!
For those non-fans, the first Abhorsen book is Sabriel by Garth Nix (If you haven't read it, go read it now!). Sabriel was first released in 1995 (according to Wikipedia), although since Nix is Australian, I'm guessing it was a bit slower to make its way over to the US.
Sabriel is quite possibly one of the greatest books of all time by my obviously unprejudiced reckoning. There's an awesome and unusual magical system in a very dangerous and amazing world. Plus, its got the coolest character ever, an aloof and very fish-oriented "cat" named Mogget.
My husband and I have debated just how cool Mogget actually is. My husband contends that the Disreputable Dog from the Lireal books is most likely the coolest character of all time. And, therefore, by extension, Lireal is the second coolest character of all time (because the Disreputable Dog chose to be her pet).
I'd just like to state, for the record: he is wrong. I said it on the internet, so it's got to be true.
Why Clariel Makes Me Nervous
(POSSIBLE SPOILERS FOLLOW):
There is one thing that makes me nervous about Clariel. Apparently the book takes place about 600 years before Sabriel (source), so the only possible carry over character is Mogget. That, obviously, is alright with me.
What makes me nervous is that Goodreads indicates that Clariel is the story of the girl who will become Chlorr of the Mask. By the time of Sabriel (600 years down the road), Chlorr is evil. I'm just not sure how I feel about following a character that I will eventually want Sabriel to kill. If Goodreads is correct (and Clariel = Chlorr does make sense based on the little we know of Chlorr), we will follow a future villian in Sabriel's story and, if Garth Nix stands true to form, we'll grow to know and care about her.
I suppose this could be interesting, the viewpoint of the villain and all. Honestly, that's pretty much what Episodes I-III of Star Wars was (although Anakin wasn't terribly sympathetic, in my opinion). It's just unnerving going into a book knowing that the main character comes to a bad end.
And yet, I'm looking forward to the book anyway.