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y Nicholas Sayre and the Creature in the Case single work   novella   fantasy   young adult  
Is part of The Old Kingdom Garth Nix 1995- series - author novel (number 3.5 in series)
Issue Details: First known date: 2005 2005
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Nicholas Sayre and the Creature in the Case is a short story entry in Garth Nix's Old Kingdom series. Set six months after the events in the novel Abhorsen, it tells of Nicholas's encounter with a Free magic creature in Ancelstierre and his return to the Old Kingdom. The story begins with Nicholas recuperating from the injuries he received at the hands of the Destroyer. After several idle months in Ancelstierre, he is desperate to return to the Old Kingdom, so when the opportunity arrives to actually do something, he accepts immediately. As a favour to his Uncle Edward, the Chief Minister of Ancelstierre, he travels to spend the weekend in a remote country house, the home of a family which would make a good political alliance. That seems easy enough, till he discovers that the house holds many secrets, and the worst of them is a relic of the Old Kingdom, too far from the Wall for any spark of its magical life to reignite. Unless someone finds a way to unleash its power...'

Notes

  • Published initially as a stand-alone story for World Book Day, it was later released as part of Nix's short story anthology Across the Wall: A Tale of the Abhorsen and Other Stories.

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  • Appears in:
    y Across the Wall : A Tale of the Abhorsen and Other Stories Across the Wall : Tales of the Old Kingdom and Elsewhere Garth Nix , New York (City) : EOS , 2005 Z1204749 2005 selected work short story novella fantasy young adult

    'Nicholas Sayre will do anything to get across the Wall. Thoughts of Lirael and Sam haunt his dreams, and he has come to realize that his destiny lies with them, in the Old Kingdom. But here in Ancelstierre, Nick faces an obstacle that is not entirely human, with a strange power that seems to come from Nicholas himself.

    With "Nicholas Sayre and the Creature in the Case," Garth Nix continues to explore the magical world of the Abhorsen Trilogy. In additional short stories that range from two widely different takes on the Merlin myth to a gritty urban version of Hansel and Gretel and a heartbreaking story of children and war, Garth Nix displays the range and versatility that has made him one of today's leading writers of fantasy for readers of all ages' (Amazon).

    New York (City) : EOS , 2005
    pg. 1-116
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      HarperCollins Children's Books , 2005 .
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      Alternative title: The Creature in the Case
      Extent: 108p.
      Note/s:
      • Published in the UK and Ireland for World Book Day 2005, Thursday 3rd March 2005.
      ISBN: 0007201389
  • Appears in:
    y The Old Kingdom Chronicles Garth Nix , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2009 Z1670329 2009 selected work novel novella young adult fantasy Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2009

Works about this Work

SF Files Jason Nahrung , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 4 - 5 March 2006; (p. 4)
SF Files Jason Nahrung , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 4 - 5 March 2006; (p. 4)
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