First UK edition first print hardback of CLARIEL (the prequel to the Old Kingdom trilogy) by Garth Nix and published by Hot Key Books in 2014. Signed by Nix on the title page. Single digit '1' on the copyright page indicating a first printing.
The book is in very good+ condition (black cloth boards with silver lettering to spine) with no more than light general wear. The book is in a very good+ unclipped dust jacket which also has no more than light general storage and handling wear. Internally the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears or other inscriptions.
Sixteen-year-old Clariel is not adjusting well to her new life in the city of Belisaere, the capital of the Old Kingdom. She misses roaming freely within the forests of Estwael, and she feels trapped within the stone city walls. And in Belisaere she is forced to follow the plans, plots and demands of everyone, from her parents to her maid, to the sinister Guildmaster Kilip.
Clariel can see her freedom slipping away. It seems too that the city itself is descending into chaos, as the ancient rules binding Abhorsen, King and Clayr appear to be disintegrating. With the discovery of a dangerous Free Magic creature loose in the city, Clariel is given the chance both to prove her worth and make her escape. But events spin rapidly out of control. Clariel finds herself more trapped than ever, until help comes from an unlikely source. But the help comes at a terrible cost. Clariel must question the motivations and secret hearts of everyone around her - and it is herself she must question most of all.
482 pages including Author's Note
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