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First of a thrilling fantasy adventure series set on the Dark World, where society is ranked according to its colour clan and the most precious commodity is light. In all the world there is only one place that ever sees the sun. A seven-towered castle built upon a mountain high above the desolate ice lands below. Tal is getting ready for the Day of Ascension -- a day when all the 13-year-old Chosen from the Castle of Seven Towers enter the spirit world of Aenir. Then his father disappears with the family's Primary Sunstone. Without it, Tal cannot enter Aenir and bind himself to a Spiritshadow -- a guardian being, both protector and friend. Tal tries to steal a Sunstone, but during his act of thievery is thrown off the Castle of Seven Towers by a powerful Spiritshadow Keeper. He falls down to the iceworld below, where he is captured by Icecarls. To save his life, he must team up with Milla -- a Shield-Maiden-in-training -- and offer his aid to the nomads. Which complicates his task immeasurably! Key title The first book in a much anticipated, BRAND NEW series from bestselling Garth Nix / The Keys to the Kingdom series has now sold over 180k units in the UK since launching in 2004 / Majorly promoted to the Garth Nix online community on www.garthnix.co.uk with video blogs, new downloads and live webchat, counting down to the launch of the new series, making sure every fan knows The Fall is the new must-have title from Garth / Viral game based on The Fall to be seeded across sci-fi and fantasy sites / Bespoke promotions to ensure huge distribution across high street and mass market booksellers / Competition: Harry Potter, Young Bond, Cherub
Garth Nix was born in 1963 and grew up in Canberra, Australia. After taking his degree in professional writing from the University of Canberra, he worked in a bookshop and then moved to Sydney. There he sank lower into the morass of the publishing industry, steadily devolving from sales rep through publicist until in 1991 he became a senior editor with a major multinational publisher. After a period travelling in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Asia in 1993, he left publishing to work as a marketing communications consultant . In 1999 he was lured back to the publishing world to become a part-time literary agent. He now lives in Sydney with his wife and two children.
"[Garth Nix is] the coolest read in the playground." Amanda Craig