Title: Old Friends
Author: Garth Nix
In: To Hold the Bridge (Garth Nix)
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Australian authors, Fantasy
Format: Short story
Publisher: Hot Key Books
5th sentence, 74th page: They always knew beforehand, the carriers of water and hewers of wood.
Good friends are important to everyone, but sometimes you mostly just need the help of old friends.
There’s nothing like old friends.
I loved the reminder that no matter how far you travel, or where you go in life – old friends will always be there for you. When they can. Nix’s fantasy spin on this message was just perfect. It is incredibly difficult to describe just how fantastic this short story was. I loved the message of friendship and the main character’s desperation to reconnect with people from his past. And the eventual way in which they were reunited made it easy to realise that just how important and integral friends are to our existence.
Yet, all is not as it seems – there is a great and unpredictable twist to the end of the story and although it is kind of perfect, it certainly wasn’t what I expected.
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