Title: To Hold the Bridge Collection
Author: Garth Nix
In: To Hold the Bridge (Garth Nix)
Rating Out of 5: 4.5 (Amazing, but not quite perfect)
My Bookshelves: Australian authors, Fantasy, Short story collections
Publisher: Hot Key Books
5th sentence, 74th page: ‘See you then!’ said Tangerine.
A short story collection, including an Old Kingdom novella, from author Garth Nix!
Far to the north of the magical Old Kingdom, the Greenwash Bridge Company has been building a bridge for almost a hundred years. It is not an easy task, for many dangers threaten the bridge builders, from nomad raiders to Free Magic sorcerers. Despite the danger, Morghan wants nothing more than to join the Bridge Company as a cadet. But the company takes only the best, the most skillful Charter mages, and trains them hard, for the night might come when only a single young cadet must hold the bridge against many foes. Will Morghan be that cadet?
Also included in this collection are eighteen short stories that showcase Nix’s versatility as he adds a fantastical twist on an array of genres including science fiction, paranormal, realistic fiction, mystery, and adventure.
Sometimes there’s nothing like sitting down and reading a great collection of short stories. Normally, I tend to read anthologies – stories from a number of authors covering a number of genres and suiting a wide array of readers. But occasionally, there is an author that I love so much that it is my greatest joy to spend a few days with them in all of their weird little worlds. Or at least, that’s how I feel about Garth Nix and this collection of short stories.
Admittedly, I originally bought To Hold the Bridge to read, well, To Hold the Bridge. But, thanks to the little graph on the back (telling me what was actually in this book), I was also introduced to worlds of vampires, struggle, and well, other worlds…
Nix’s break down of these short stories into smaller sections made it all the more simpler to enjoy and read this collection. After all, it is easy to figure out which one you want to read when they have subheadings such as: Creatures of Darkness and Light; Check Your Faint Heart at the Door; A Wink and a Nod…
Like I said, this collection is a fantastic way in which to spend a few days (or in my case, weeks), and I’m actually kind of sad that it’s over…
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