Book: Nicholas Sayre & The Creature in the Case (Across the Wall: A Tale of the Abhorsen and Other Stories) Review

“Across the Wall..”

Author: Garth Nix

Genre: Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Age: YA+

Released: 1st October 2007 (UK version)

This story is set in the The Old Kingdom or Abhorsen world. Having previously written the amazing fantasy books Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen, Nix wrote this novella which centers around one of the lesser characters from the universe. Other stories also feature in this book, however, they are stand-alone and not relevant to the series.

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In this short story, Nicholas is questioned by some secret organisation about what happened when he went over the Wall to The Old Kingdom. Nick however refuses to answer their questions and they are forced to hold him hostage. Unwittingly, they have captured a creature of the Old Magic, which they are trying to revive and accidentally set it loose. The creature is truly nightmarish and it’s up to Nicholas to figure out how to defeat it before it’s too late.

This story, although shorter than expected, is filled with action and chases. Nicholas becomes a really promising character as he displays his courage and wit, something that he didn’t have a chance to showcase before. The challenge and threat of destruction that hangs over the entire story is blood-pounding, and best of all, there is genuine excitement felt at the end.

Overall, I feel like it’s a really well-written story and a welcome addition to the Old Kingdom universe. I really wish it had been longer though and Nix had allowed more time to give each character a spot in the light. It’s worth reading, though some references to characters may be lost if you haven’t read the series.

Rated – 3/5 Short and sweet, and exciting! However, the reader may need previous knowledge from series.

You can purchase Across the Wall and Other Stories here.

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