Garth Nix returns to the Old Kingdom with Goldenhand
“Because I’ve been doing this a long time now, whole families come out to see me,” author Garth Nix says, talking to Red Alert from his home in Australia. “Sometimes I’ve even had three generations of one family – grandparents, parents and kids.”
Nix’s young adult books have been topping bestseller lists for more than two decades now, and with Goldenhand he has returned to his hugely popular series set in the Old Kingdom.
“It picks up after the events of Lirael and Abhorsen,” he explains. “Lirael is the newly minted Abhorsen-in-waiting, so she’s become one of the people who makes sure that dead things stay dead. Like all my books, it’s an adventure story, but it’s also about life and death and love. And it connects back with some of the other characters in previous books – in fact almost any character you can mention you will see again, one way or another!”
Goldenhand seems to end the saga that began with Sabriel in 1995, but Nix isn’t ruling out further travels with this cast. “It’s a very big world, and there’s lots of gaps and corners where I can tell stories,” he muses.
Despite spending so much time in this world, Nix has also written other series – The Keys To The Kingdom and The Seventh Tower, to name but two – and has more on the way. “After Goldenhand, my next book is done, out in April. It’s called Frogkisser! and it’s a children’s novel about a princess who has to go on a quest. I’m also working on a big fat fantasy, and a science fiction novel.” He laughs. “I’m working on too many things at the moment – I think sometimes I need to stop being a short-order cook, as I’ve got seven saucepans all going at once…”
Goldenhand is out on 4 October from Hot Key Books. Nix will tour the UK the same month.
Nix now meets authors who were inspired to write after reading his books as children.