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.
This is a very fantastic collection of short stories, one that I’m going to enjoy revisiting time and time again. Garth Nix is such a talented writer, and I really don’t think there’s anything he can’t write.
The Curious Case of the Moondawn Daffodils Murder was probably my favourite (aside from To Hold the Bridge itself). Anything even tangentially related to Sherlock Holmes is okay by me, and this one had me giggling more than once. I also really enjoyed Vampire Weather and An Unwelcome Guest, but I must note that there wasn’t a single story I got to the end of and thought “meh.” They were all pretty great.
Honestly, I don’t even know what else to say about it. It’s fantastic for long-time fans, but also for those who are wanting to test the waters – it covers so many different writing styles and genres that there’s something for everyone, and everyone needs a copy right now.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.