MONDAY MORNING – SEPTEMBER 19

We’re back to no sleep at the Birdie’s Book Nook house. Will is working on his bottom set of molars, plus two more teeth. I think I got maybe 5 hours of sleep last night, maybe. He woke up right when his Motrin wore off, and then couldn’t settle until it had really kicked in. I don’t blame him at all — his mouth has to be so sore with so many new teeth coming in! The rest of the weekend was just…miserable. No sleep, fussy, cranky toddler. I’m tired. My husband is tired. Will is tired. It’s a lot, y’all. I hope your Monday is going better than mine!

FOR this week’s peek at my never-ending TBR, I’ve chosen a book that I really need to get to! I actually own it, I just haven’t gotten around to reading it yet! I’m sure many of you are surprised, considering how much I adore The Old Kingdom series!

TERCIEL & ELINOR BY GARTH NIX

Garth Nix returns to the Old Kingdom for the never-before-told love story of Sabriel’s parents, Terciel and Elinor, and the charter magic that brought them together—and threatened to tear them apart. A long-awaited prequel to a classic fantasy series.

In the Old Kingdom, a land of ancient and often terrible magics, eighteen year-old orphan Terciel learns the art of necromancy from his great-aunt Tizanael. But not to raise the Dead, rather to lay them to rest. He is the Abhorsen-in-Waiting, and Tizanael is the Abhorsen, the latest in a long line of people whose task it is to make sure the Dead do not return to Life.

Across the Wall in Ancelstierre, a steam-age country where magic usually does not work, nineteen year-old Elinor lives a secluded life. Her only friends an old governess and an even older groom who was once a famous circus performer. Her mother is a tyrant, who is feared by all despite her sickness and impending death . . . but perhaps there is even more to fear from that.

Elinor does not know she is deeply connected to the Old Kingdom, nor that magic can sometimes come across the Wall, until a plot by an ancient enemy of the Abhorsens brings Terciel and Tizanael to Ancelstierre. In a single day of fire and death and loss, Elinor finds herself set on a path which will take her into the Old Kingdom, into Terciel’s life, and will embroil her in the struggle of the Abhorsens against the Dead who will not stay dead.

Anyway, my darlings, here’s hoping you and yours have a great week!

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