Title: To Hold the Bridge
Author: Garth Nix
Series: The Old Kingdom #3.7
In: Legends of Australian Fantasy (Jack Dann & Jonathan Strahan) & To Hold the Bridge (Garth Nix)
Rating Out of 5: 4.5 (Amazing, but not quite perfect)
My Bookshelves: Australian authors, Fantasy, Necromancers
Publisher: Harper Collins Australia & Hot Key Books
5th sentence, 74th page: ‘Go and meet my Seconds,’ she instructed.
It’s always nice to revisit a fantasy world that you have loved over the years. One that you have visited again and again and again over the years. To Hold the Bridge was a great way to do this. The Old Kingdom series has been a favourite for years, and, although this novella doesn’t fit into the overall storyline, it does serve as a fantastic reminder of the years of joy that these stories have given me.
To Hold the Bridge is a great story about overcoming the past, and the tragedies of one’s childhood. Although Morghan has been dealt a hard hand in life, his desperation (and gumption) helps him to find a new future in which he finds contentment, and possibly even happiness. Yet, it isn’t until the final battle in this story (after all, what is a story without a final, epic battle) that he is able to realise that he has finally found a place to which he belongs. Revisiting the dead, Free Magic and the Charter was a great way to spend an afternoon, and it has certainly left me craving more tales of the Old Kingdom.
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