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When the future is hidden, who holds the key to destiny?Lirael has never felt like a true daughter of the Clayr. She doesn't even have the Sight - the ability to See into the present and possible futures - that is the very birthright of the Clayr. Nonetheless it is Lirael in whose hands the fate of the Old Kingdom lies, while Abhorsen Sabriel is engaged in conflict elsewheWhen the future is hidden, who holds the key to destiny?Lirael has never felt like a true daughter of the Clayr. She doesn't even have the Sight - the ability to See into the present and possible futures - that is the very birthright of the Clayr. Nonetheless it is Lirael in whose hands the fate of the Old Kingdom lies, while Abhorsen Sabriel is engaged in conflict elsewhere. As an ancient evil casts its shadow - one that opposes the Royal Family, blocks the Sight of the Clayr, and threatens to break the very boundary between the Life and Death - Lirael undertakes a desperate mission.With only her faithful companion, the Disreputable Dog, to help her, Lirael sets out upon a perilous journey and comes face to face with her own fate......

Title : Lirael
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ISBN : 9780007137336
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Number of Pages : 527 Pages
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Lirael Reviews

  • Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
    2019-05-01 23:29

    4.5 stars

  • Charlotte May
    2019-05-10 02:24

    “When the Dead do walk, seek water’s run, for this the Dead will always shun. Swift river’s best or broadest lake to ward the Dead and haven make. If water fails thee, fire’s thy friend; if neither guards, it will be thy end.” Well this was freaking awesome!As a sequel where the main character from Book 1 isn’t the main focus - I was a bit worried; but there was no need because Lirael continued the story of the Old Kingdom and the dead fantastically! “The blue hats shaded silver sightless eye sockets, the blue scarves held together rotting heads.” Lirael is part of the Clayr - those who can see into the future. But Lirael has never received the Sight. As she gets older and the Sight still doesn’t appear, her self worth becomes non existent and she retreats into herself.“lunging forward and nipping her quite sharply on the leg...”what did you do that for?” “You were being pathetic,” said the Dog.” Lirael is so relatable! Hiding out in the library to avoid speaking to anyone, her isolation from the Clayr is palpable and you really feel for her.“I’m not sure I can believe what I’m seeing.” “You’d better believe it...because they’ll kill you whether you believe in them or not.” Meanwhile, Prince Sameth - the son of Sabriel and King Touchstone is due to take on his role as the Abhorsen in Waiting to eventually take over from his mother. But he is terrified - after a hairy situation facing a Necromancer in Death, Sam can think of nothing worse than a life fighting the creatures of the dead.“You may not See, but you will Remember. And in the Remembering, you will see the hidden past that holds the secrets of the future,” Lirael is eventually sent on a mission by the Clayr and meets Sam while he is on the run. This leads to many adventures and some serious twists at the end! The writing is witty, action packed and magical!Overall a non stop thrill ride and I can’t wait to read the next one!“I suppose we’ll end up having to swim for our miserable lives.”

  • Sh3lly ☽ Guardian of Beautiful Squids and Lonely Moons ☽
    2019-04-28 20:29

    When I started this, I was way excited... another epic story in this cool magical world with TIM CURRY narrating, again. The first section was great. We meet Lirael, who is a loner and has trouble being around other people and communicating. She is a Daughter of the Clayr, but doesn't have the power of sight, she is an outcast.She finds a place to work where she might belong - the library! - and comes across a new, wonderful friend: The Disreputable Dog. I love TDD. So fun, so funny, stole the show! (Similar to what Mogget did in the first book.)But then, Part Two happens. Sam. Let me see... how can I describe Sam... Spoiled Prince. Weak. Spineless. Full of fear. Cowardly. His one good trait is loyalty and wanting to help his friend. I give him credit for that.He is the Abhorsen-in-training, but doesn't want to be. He is scared shirtless of his magic and ability and wants NOTHING to do with it. I just couldn't stand him. And most of the entire middle section was ALL.ABOUT.HIM.Maybe this is a reflection of the difference in my age and the target audience. It is difficult for me to handle immature behavior. But, he is/was like 19 or so, and raised to high standards as an heir. You kind of expect more. I did, at least. I wanted a more heroic character instead of a whiner. We get flashes of Lirael POVs and those were all good. It just lost momentum for me and the pacing never picked up. I felt like the book was way too long.I am glad that Sam got out of becoming the Abhorsen. Please, just put him in the back somewhere and let him play sports or something. Make more of his tennis rackets! Write him off, no more please!This may sound harsh, but Sam just really made the book sluggish and B-O-R-I-N-G to me. :/ Lirael = A+.The Disreputable Dog and Mogget = A+.Getting to see more of Sabriel and Touchstone = A+ (This takes place many years after book one after they are married and have two children - Sam is one of them.)Overall, I didn't hate it. I just didn't love it. Hopefully, the next one will be better. It sort of ended right in the middle of a scene. There was no resolution. For such a long book, it made it seem a bit like filler. But again, it's not bad at all. I guess I just didn't click with this one as much as Sabriel.

  • Lindsey Rey
    2019-05-19 19:12

    [4.5 Stars]Way better than the first one!

  • Echo
    2019-05-22 20:16

    It took me a while to get around to reading this book, even though I rushed out and bought it immediately after finishing Sabriel. The up side to that is in the meantime, I'd bought Abhorsen as well. That's important. Sabriel was a good stand-alone novel. Lirael and Abhorsen are not. In fact, I'd recommend that before you read Lirael 1) you read Sabriel first and 2) you have a copy of Abhorsen ready to pick up as soon as you finish Lirael. Lirael ends in the middle of something, and the two probably could have been combined into one very long novel.Still, I recommend the whole series. The characters may not be quite as awesome as Sabriel, but they're still very well-done and the story is wonderful. I'll definitely seek out more of Garth Nix's books after I finish this series.

  • TS Chan
    2019-05-15 03:12

    While the Abhorsen series continues to thrive on its magic and worldbuilding, the characterisation in Lirael is unfortunately not up to par with its predecessor, Sabriel. It does appear that Sabriel is written almost like a stand-alone, as this sequel takes place almost one and a half decade after the events in the first book with two new main characters; Lirael, a daughter of the Clayr and Prince Sameth, the son of Sabriel and Touchstone. Both characters demonstrate the typical angst and insecurity of teenagers; one who bemoans the absence of a power that is the birthright of her race and the other who decries the responsibility thrust upon him because of his birthright and powers. If I have to choose, I will say Lirael is definitely the more aggravating one. While the other Clayrs of ages younger than Lirael started gaining the power of Seeing, she remained an outcast as she continues to well into her teenage years without even a hint of it. However, it turns out that she is very adept at Charter magic and has the ability learn quickly and perform marvellous feats which most others cannot. BUT just because she cannot See, her anxiety that she will never fully be one of the Clayrs grates on her self-confidence and my patience. The appearance of the Disreputable Dog - a creature of magic - was a welcome change to Lirael's story. Not accepting her constant self-belittling, the Dog prods her into action that finally takes the direction of her tale towards an intriguing revelation of her potential heritage. Prince Sameth (or Sam) may be slightly less annoying but I do feel like giving him a good shake for both his actions and inaction in addressing his debilitating fear of his legacy. The Disreputable DogThe highlight of this series so far truly lies in the magic and worldbuilding. We learn more of the Clayr, a race who appeared briefly in Sabriel, and the birth of the Charter, created out of Free Magic. The seven bells used for necromancy and controlling both the living and the dead, which are tied to the creation of the Charter, are just simply fascinating. So is the portrayal of Death, which is a river, grey and cold, with currents pulling the dead through the Gates, nine in all before a soul goes beyond any necromancer's ability to be summoned back.The story also started to become more interesting when Lirael and Sam eventually encountered each other under grave circumstances. This also meant that the Disreputable Dog met Mogget, the cat, who is now accompanying Sam after he stole away from the palace under the guise of an ordinary traveller. It was pretty obvious from the start that both these creatures of magic had a history together, and not an entirely pleasant one. A delightful turn of events, one might say. The common thread that brought Lirael and Sam together is the potential re-emergence of an extremely dangerous and powerful entity engineered by a necromancer of considerable strength. As we find both our main characters getting to terms with each of their own true legacy, the enemy is moving ever closer to his goal. This volume concluded on an unresolved note, with Lirael and Sam both contending with the grim prospect of having to face this new adversary, setting up the stage for the next book, Abhorsen. This review can also be found at Booknest

  • Mike (the Paladin)
    2019-05-07 23:29

    Well.....okay. Not as good a book as Sabriel, I went with 3 stars on this one. It was close as the story is a pretty good one and we are still following the plot line thrown out in Sabriel, just not quite as well (in my opinion of course).We pick up about 14 years after end of that volume and we sort of get an introduction like, 14 years have passed. there have been many battles as the King (Touchstone) who married Sabriel (the Abhorsen) overthrows evil, saves the Kingdom and aids the people. At the same time the Abhorsen has faced many terrible dangers, binding the dead and destroying awful necromancers. Really. That might have made a good book. Why didn't you tell us that story???? No we get to start over with another uncertain (even more uncertain) young woman. She constantly bemoans her situation, considers killing herself (but decides that throwing herself off a glacier might not really be the way to go), makes constant bad decisions that seem to work out for her and so on and on and on. And of course a young man who's managed to get himself so scared of his "expected future" that he's paralyzed at the very thought of it...and he won't go to the very people/person who might be able to help him with it.I'll be honest, I got sick of Lirael's constant woe is me I don't have the sight... Yes it would be awful to go through what she did, to face what she faced. But between her constant bemoaning of her fate and Sam's refusal to talk to his parent's when he had the chance (I'll wait till morning...oops they're already gone) about something that could threaten EVERYBODY... well, it got a bit tiring.This book may be (and I hope is as I'm beginning the third book Abhorsen) suffering from the well know "second book in a trilogy" syndrome. It's a bit long winded, a bit drawn out and a bit (for me) tiresome. I like good YA fantasy and the first in this series was certainly that. This for me told a pretty good story but could have done it better in maybe two thirds the length...just me possibly.Three stars, not bad, a fairly interesting story that tells us more of the world and it's people, hope the next strikes me better.************* Spoiler below line *************************(view spoiler)[I think the point at which I went totally from 4 stars to 3 here was when Lirale discovers that she is the Abhorsen in waiting her first reaction is "so I'll never get the sight?" Sort of ticked me off. I was hoping Nix would give her the sight just so she'd stop worrying (herself and us)over it. (hide spoiler)]

  • Chris
    2019-05-10 02:33

    When I glance at the reviews for this book, I'm actually surprised. Not that people would like this book, but that everyone would like it. I thought for sure there would be more of a split on it.I mean, the writing is good. Nix can put together sentences and his plot is soundly articulated. His Old Kingdom is a vast and impressive construct, and his imagination is superb. There were even a couple really good scenes in here. I just...I don't know. I couldn't wait for it to end. I hated the characters. As much as I love Tim Curry as a narrator, even he couldn't save this audiobook. Lirael was annoying, and her dog was worse. Sam started out alright, but I came to loathe him more than Lirael herself by the end. Mogget the cat was pretty good, nearly as enjoyable as he had been in the first book.The first book, which I had liked. What happened here? Ahhh, don't know. Maybe it's suffering from middle book syndrome. Maybe the plot wasn't strong enough to keep my interest with a cast of such lame characters. Let's talk about the characters. I would not piss on Lirael, Sameth, or the Disreputable Dog if they were on fire.I so much wanted to reach into that story and rip Mogget's collar off, and let him go totally batshit nuts on those three.I didn't even like Hedge. I thought I would, but no. Fail. An Uninteresting Villain, that one. I found myself yawning nearly as much as Mogget (maybe that's why I like him).And what's with that ending? (view spoiler)[What, with the Lord Voldemort shit? (hide spoiler)]Nothing was resolved, as of course I should expect from a middle book full of moronic characters.Well, I did kinda like Nicholas Sayre. (view spoiler)[And yes, even when he went Lord V on us. (hide spoiler)]Maybe the Moronic Protagonists and the Disreputable Dumbass can get him out of the carbonite before Jabba the Hedge eats him.And WTF, zombies? This thing dragged on for so long that I actually forgot there were zombies. So when they attacked, I was like ! Hell yeah!But it didn't last long. Pretty soon we were back in the boat with our Disreputable Zeros. I am curious to see where this series will go from here. Maybe it needs some Ewoks.ETA: There was one thing in particular that soured me on this book. A scene about 65% into the book that really kicked ass. I mean, it was dark as hell, and a real surprise. A kick in the nuts for the reader, and a main character.But then in the next chapter, slate wiped clean - nullified all consequences to what had happened. I mean, eh? A really badass gut wrenching type moment where shit got real, and they roll that kind of a saving throw?The fucker didn't even feel remorse, since it was wiped out. I mean. This was Turn to the Dark Side Forever type shit, and slate clean. It didn't happen, so he can go back to whining like a bitch because he's afraid to read a damn book.Ok, I'm seething again. I'll move on now.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Samantha
    2019-04-24 23:34

    4.5 starsI liked this even more than the first book! I really really love Lirael and the Disreputable Dog was a great addition. Some of my favorite scenes where between Dog and Moggot.He book definitely ends on something of a cliff hanger so I cannot wait to pick up Abhorsen!

  • Jessica
    2019-05-05 03:13

    There’s a reviewer who I follow (Ceridwen) who mentioned in her review of Sabriel how refreshing it is that the magic in the story is “something other than a deus ex machina” (aka: when the protagonist defeats evil without any true skill, the magic just kind of does its thing through them because they are super special snowflakes). I completely agreed with that point…in book 1. Pretty much everything I loved about the protagonist in Sabrielis contradicted in the Mary-Sue that is Lirael, the main protagonist of book 2.Doormat/whiny/woe-is-me/doesn’t think she’s special even though all signs point to the annoyingly obvious fact that she is. Not only is she mega-talented (but thinks she’s worthless), she has the added convenience of that “dues ex machina” magic that shows up unexpectedly and makes her 10x more awesome. It killed me that even after the Clayr explained that only super awesome Clayr develop “the Sight” late and only incredibly important people are sent on missions, Lirael is ready to kill herself all over again and actually thinks they’re just kicking her out. Yeah, ok, Lirael. Ok.And where Sabriel’s looks weren’t really mentioned and her “romance” was pretty dang tame for YA, Lirael, on the other hand, is a silent, sensitive wallflower who hides behind her hair but catches the eye of alllll the boys because they all find her beautiful, even though…wait for it…she doesn’t find herself beautiful! Ugh, spare me. Sameth, the male protagonist isn’t much better although he’s a little more sympathetic. He might be somewhat of a spoiled brat, but at least his whining is more believable (not living up to his parents or elder sister’s expectations, because, honestly, what they want for him isn’t what he wants or is even capable of). Lirael, though, is out slaying beasts and is still like, “Shucks, I’m no good at anything, why do I even bother living…” Gurl, write a sad poem in your journal and move on.Also, this book had no real ending. I’m basically being forced to read the last book of the trilogy against my will. Basically.THREE STARS because Sabriel and Touchstone make cameos, Lirael occasionally takes breaks from moping to kick some butt, there’s some crazy/creepy action sequences, Nix's world-building is always fun, and the two talking animals (Mogget and Dog) save the reader from utter boredom (concerning the main characters) with their snarky comments and superior characterization.

  • Nicole
    2019-05-23 03:29

    I'm not a huge fantasy person, but I'm always up for a kick-ass heroine such as Lirael. I thoroughly enjoyed the first 2 books in this trilogy, mostly because they appeal to my morbid streak. Death portrayed as a river with 7 gates? Sending the Dead back into Death using necromancer bells? What's not to like here?Decent writing, excellent story, not-quite-typical (and therefore appealing) fantasy story. Not to mention book covers by the Dillions. I will read almost anything that has a Dillions cover, story be damned.

  • Sanaa
    2019-05-06 19:31

    [4 Stars] I'm conflicted about this rating because the first half of the book was probably more like a 5 star book, the last half of the book was more 4 stars, and all of Sameth's parts were around 3.5 or even 3 stars. Why did Sameth have to be just as annoying as Lirael was amazing? Lirael was seriously such a fantastic protagonist, and I wish the book had focused almost entirely on her as opposed to bringing Sameth into the picture. He just seems like a bit of a waste in all honesty: annoying, spoiled, stupid, and obnoxious. If Sameth hadn't bugged me so much, I would have given this book a 4.5 or even a 5 star rating, but as it stands now I can only really give it a 4. I also felt that things significantly slowed down towards the end, and I just wanted it all to be finished. I think part of the reason for this is that I'm not convinced Garth Nix can write villains I really love or love to hate or can just get behind, you know? They all seem a little meh to me. That being said, I do want to emphasize that Lirael and the Disreputable Dog are AMAZING, and their portions in the book, everything about the Clayr and the Library, and just gah all the portions with Lirael were 5 stars for sure. The rest of the book I just wasn't as convinced about. I think this is also due in part to this being more of a part one to the story and Abhorsen being part two of the story. Regardless, I really enjoyed this and can't wait to jump into Abhorsen!

  • Mayim De Vries
    2019-05-08 02:19

    Sabriel was a pure pleasure to read. Lirael was as appalling as Sabriel was awesome. It sported an insecure and impulsive heroine drowning in her angst and her companions: an idiot of a selfish prince and a dog (a dog!).Lirael is a Daughter of the Clayr, compensating her lack of Sight (i.e. the ability to see future) with other capabilities like outstanding sociopathy and a penchant for magic. Yes, Lirael is one of these special snowflakes we love reading about. She is so standing apart that she does not feel like talking to anyone, then she feels excluded, then she can go on through days of not talking to anyone, then she wants to commit a suicide because she feels excluded. In the course of drama, drama, drama, drama she becomes a librarian, visits places she's not supposed to venture to and creates a magic dog of considerable powers, possibly even bigger than her own (just like that). Finally, when it is confirmed just oh how special the girl is, she is sent out of the glacier to save the world. In the meantime, the idiot of a selfish prince, abandons his family and kingdom in the hour of need, gallivanting through the Dead infested country (in spite his overwhelming fear of Death) pursuing a quest of his own choosing. Because why not?Inevitably these two aggravating figures meet and misery ensues as they plunge from one trouble to another slowly piecing together the evil they must face. Even the Mogget was not enough to balance this preposterous setting. I was fuming throughout this novel, especially that it constitutes such stark contrast with Sabriel. I never expected to be let down by Mr Nix - and in such an underhanded manner! My wounds have already scarred, but still, the book does not deserve more than 2 stars and another half for the story potential. Lirael is the necessary prelude to Abhorsen, the third of the set. If your love is for Sabriel and Touchstone only, leave Lirael alone. If you want to learn more about the wonderful world of the Old Kingdom - keep calm and endure it, as the final part of the trilogy will make it worth your while.Also in the series: 1. Sabriel 3. Abhorsen

  • Lady
    2019-05-09 02:40

    I liked this book. The writing wasn't as beautiful as I hope for in fantasy novels. But his world building was thorough and very interesting. I went back and forth between liking the characters and not, which I think reveals how fully formed they are.I really liked the whole Charter marks and Free Magic stuff. I think it made a fascinating world and sense of magic. I liked that, just because Lirael was good with Charter marks, didn't make her all powerful; that there were weaknesses to how it can be used. I mostly liked the pace. In the beginning it took a bit to get going, especially once I could see where the story was going. But once the plot became focused for the characters it moved along very well. As far as the characters went, I didn't like Lirael in the beginning. I felt she was a very bland rather petulant character, but then she was obviously surrounded by a great deal of power so I was kind of fascinated. As the story continued, however, I liked her. In the reverse, I liked Sam pretty much right away then he devolved a little for me in the middle and was a little bit pathetic in moments. But then he got stronger and a little bit smarter and braver and I liked him again. In some ways - and this doesn't happen often - I was ok with the moments when I didn't like the characters because a) they were still surrounded by a great deal of power and b) it made them more human. I accepted their flaws as very real and not as constructs or as the author just writing bad characters.fyi - Abhorsen is more the completion of this book, rather than a sequel.

  • Laure
    2019-05-07 02:34

    Nice to see the stories and characters are getting more complexed - I am looking foward to the next instalment in the stories.

  • Eddie Costello
    2019-05-12 20:36

    These books are awesome and should be mandatory reading by everyone.I first read this trilogy(Lirael is a second book in the old kingdom trilogy; Sabriel is first while Abhorsen is the finale) when I was in middle school and I have to admit I'm just as obsessed with this series now as I was then.With a cast of fantastic characters and a quick moving pace(mostly), you are truly sucked into the world of the old kingdom and it's pretty scary. I'm truly surprised that this book can be considered YA cause it's a extremely dark tale that's leads up to a jaw dropping revelation(not really you can guess it almost immediately, I just wanted to entice you into reading it).I listened to the audio version and Tim Curry makes everything so much better, he totally knows how to perfectly creep you out when he wants to. He is an absolutely perfect choice for the audio narration; word of advice listen to him read with all the lights off while your in bed alone and I guarantee you will get the wiggens.ProsCharacters, prose, audio narration, character development, Death, the library of the Clayr, paceConsPace can be a little iffy sometimes

  • Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
    2019-05-02 01:38

    Two books through this trilogy (because I'm very unsure about reading past that, since Nix has started doing prequels and such) and I'm STILL uncertain how I feel about it. I reread my Sabriel review and basically find myself feeling the same way, if rather reluctantly. As I mentioned in my last update, these books are sometimes difficult to focus on, but by the end I want to go back and reread them to piece everything together. Lirael and Sameth both felt very realistic, although I was disappointed that the story didn't pick up where Sabriel had left off -- it made the romance between her and Touchstone feel very insta-love, but alas. Looking forward to reading Abhorsen though.Also, Tim Curry's narration is very good. Audiobook recommended :)

  • Ashley
    2019-05-22 20:21

    So there’s this girl, and she lives in a Glacier. Yes, a real glacier. It’s in a tall mountain at the very tip-top of her country, and she lives there with thousands of cousins, who are collectively called ‘The Clayr,’ most of whom are female and have the pale blonde hair and tanned skin that marks them as one of their own. They are entitled to this sobriquet because every single one of them can see the future. Every single one of them, except Lirael, that is. Most Clayr receive the Sight by the age of twelve. Lirael passes twelve. Then fourteen. Then seventeen. She is an adult, and she does not have the Sight. This is the main source of inner conflict in Lirael’s life.Lirael is also different physically. Her black hair and pale, deathlike skin mark her immediately out from her fellow Clayr, but Lirael is also unusally quiet and reserved, because Lirael is very lonely. All the other Clayr have a purpose. They all take turns on the Watch, and they wear the robes of an adult, while Lirael still wears the robes of a child, simply because the main indicator of adulthood as a Clayr is the Sight, which, as discussed above, Lirael doesn’t have. What’s worse, none of the other Clayr have ever Seen Lirael. Not one. They don’t know what to do with her any more than she knows what to do with herself.So instead of actually throwing herself off the highest peak of the glacier, as she almost did on yet another birthday without the Sight, she instead chooses to focus on learning the Charter (the magic system in the Old Kingdom), which leads to her creation of her companion the Disreputable Dog (who is THE BEST). This is the Disreputable Dog when she first meets Lirael:“Suddenly, the dog stopped scratching, stood up, and shook itself, spraying droplets of dirty water all over Lirael and all over the study. Then it ambled across and licked the petrified girl on the face with a tongue that most definitely was all real and not some Charter-made illusion.When that got no response, it grinned and announced, ‘I am the Disreputable Dog. Or the Disreputable bitch, if you want to get technical. When are we going for a walk?’”Together, Lirael and the Dog explore the Clayr’s magical, GINORMOUS library and mine it for secrets, defeating monsters lurking in the corners, and all the while honing Lirael’s magic. Oh, yeah, did I mention that Lirael is a librarian? BECAUSE SHE IS TOTALLY A LIBRARIAN and the library is almost as terrifying and awesome as the Library the Doctor and Donna visit where the Library is an entire planet (and also the shadows are trying to kill them).Now, I’m focusing on Lirael here because she’s my favorite, but this book has other stuff going on, as well. It takes place 14-18 years after Sabriel (depending on Lirael’s age), and Sabriel is barely in it at all. The two main characters are Lirael (obvs) and Sameth, Sabriel and Touchstone’s son. The narrative starts with them apart as we get to know them, but eventually they meet up and things are pretty much BOOM BOOM BOOM from there on out. Both Lirael and Sam have good character arcs, their inner lives and conflicts are way more realized than Sabriel’s were in book one. Sabriel can pretty much stand alone, but the second two books are basically one long continued story, with Lirael setting things up, and Abhorsen bringing them to a close. I think I prefer Lirael, though, because of the library, and because also Abhorsen honestly kind of scares the shit out of me. But more on that in the appropriate review.[4.5 stars]

  • Erik
    2019-05-23 19:27

    Toto bol môj 28 rereading... (to len tak odhadom :) ) ale páčilo sa mi to aj najviac zatiaľ. viac napíšem, keď si utriedim myšlienky.

  • daisy
    2019-05-12 03:32

    I'M SO !!!!!I stayed up until midnight to finish this and I don't regret that really, but I need to be awake at 5am for uni, so... I'll write a review out tomorrow lmaoREALLY enjoyed this though 🙏

  • Ľuboš
    2019-04-27 20:19

    Ak si myslíte, že je Sabriel skvelá...Lirael je ešte skvelejšieúžasnejšia...Prečo mi to travlo tak ku*evsky dlho? -_- Eh...jeden dôvod by tu bol. Sam! Nemám rád toho chlapca. A tá mágia. ^^ Macek. Fenka. Obaja sú bohovský. A ten koniec.

  • Ally
    2019-04-26 23:35

    Garth Nix has done it again folks.Lirael is closer to a piece of artwork than a book. The world is so vivid, it becomes a character itself. Nothing in this book is an inanimate object. Everything from the Abhorsen's house to the river Ratterlin has character and charm. Specific settings of the book carry emotion that is felt by the characters and readers alike. For instance, the Clayr's glacier has an air of oppression and deep sadness, while the great library Lirael came to love conveyed a sense of hope. Every single place Lirael visited played an physical and an emotional role in the book. That brings me to how amazing the Clayr library is. It's everything any bookish person could ever wish for. It had thousands upon thousands of books, rooms filled with magical items, and the lurking threat of an escaped monster at every turn. So generally it was a ton of fun watching Lirael explore it all, learning crucial magics along the way. Lirael was fantastic. She embodies everything I look for in a protagonist. Smart, funny, and doesn't need no man to get the job done. Lirael managed to use her past to fuel her future, and didn't have the self pity that usually accompanies main characters. She was resourceful; furthering her knowledge of magic every time she could. She was always asking to read magic books or explore ancient tunnels in search of forgotten tomes. I really related to the curious side of her, cause if it were me, I'd be doing the exact same thing.I loved Lirael's furry companion, the Disreputable Dog almost as much as I loved her. The Dog is awesome. Seriously, where can I get one. She's loyal, funny, and wildly powerful. Unlike Mogget from Sabriel, the Disreputable Dog actually wanted to be with Lirael. It allowed for a kinship that was new to the series.Sadly, Mogget leads us to the negative part of the review.So Lirael has a split POV. This usually doesn't bother me, but I absolutely hated Sameth, the other character followed through the book. He is everything Lirael isn't; winey, self absorbed, and privileged. Intill later on in the story, all he does is make bad decisions and complain about the burdens of being the abhorsen in waiting. To make things worse, Mogget is asleep basically the entire time, so we don't get any reprieve from Sam's winey ways. Although, I could see a light at the end of the tunnel for Sam. Throught the series, I see endless potential for growth. He could become the brave warrior that fights for his kingdom. Maybe that day will come, but for the entirety of the book, he was a little snot that really needed to suck it up.Overall, the book was really good. Honestly, I'm regretting not have picking it up sooner. The ending was a bit abrupt, and Sameth was a little aggravating, Lirael and the world building made up for it seven fold.

  • Shari Kay
    2019-05-15 22:25

    Though the overall plot is very good...I had trouble warming up to the MC's. Lirael is full of self pity and is quite the whiner. She contemplates suicide a few times and because she is not a Seer like the rest of her people...she feels life isn't worth living. She shuts everyone out and makes herself, and the reader, fairly miserable. She eventually finds a place in the Library and proceeds to almost unleash an unspeakable horror that's been locked away with a big, "DO NOT ENTER" sign on the door. Does Lirael think maybe as an APPRENTICE librarian, (a job which by the way, she never would have gotten without the kindness of others and is lucky to have) maybe she really shouldn't break all the rules and out of curiosity break into a sealed room like a criminal ? Then when she does unleash this monster, does she ask anyone for help? Does it dawn on her that man, I may get in trouble for being where I wasn't suppose to be but heck people could die so I guess I should suck it up and tell someone what I've done? Um...that would be a, "no". She decides to handle it herself. But since she has no idea how to do that, she takes months to figure it out and prepare herself. All the while she is risking the creature's escape. After miracles of miracles she DOES manage to "fix" the problem...does she decide she barely escaped disaster and should never do it again? That'd be another, "no." She just finds other ways to go where she shouldn't. Does she end up being a fairly brave girl...she does. Does she have a good heart...yes, she does. Did I find her as annoying as shite? Yes I did.This book is also about Sameth. Another whiny, self-pitying teenager who needs to use his words and not just moan and groan about everything.The dog and the cat...can't say I loved either one, but at least the despicable dog appears to have affection for and is trying to help Lirael...can't say the same for the Puss in Boots.And can I just say, Sabriel and Touchstone turned out to be fairly rotten parents...So as annoying as the characters were for a large majority of the book, the world is interesting and the magic is original. I really liked Nick.Will I read the final in the trilogy...probably. Eventually. Maybe.

  • Nikki
    2019-04-25 00:34

    As much as I love Sabriel (both the book and the character!), I was reluctant to read this again. Lirael’s role in the library is awesome, but both she and Sameth are rather too prone to self-pity to stand up well beside Sabriel’s example. Which is part of the whole point, that Sameth’s grown up in his parents’ shadows, but still. While Sameth has serious problems to deal with, he’s also selfish, doesn’t think things through properly, and would do a lot better if he’d open his mouth and let words come out. Sabriel and Touchstone might have a firm idea of their duty is, but I’m pretty sure that they would also understand that Sameth’s sickened fear would actually make a very bad Abhorsen.Communication, communication, communication. My pet peeve in real life and in fiction, alas.Lirael is more engaging, despite her bouts of self-pity. They’re more understandable, and she has the Disreputable Dog to put a stop to it as well. Her life in the Clayr’s glacier, her work in the library, her abilities with Charter marks and her explorations, all of those things are fascinating. And the Dog herself, too.It’s difficult, because I do love this world, but Nix seems to have created a uniquely frustrating character/situation, perfectly balanced to annoy the heck out of me. I think I liked Abhorsen better, so I’m hopeful about that and Clariel, but it was disappointing how much of a struggle this was to reread.Originally posted here.

  • Miriam
    2019-05-05 00:38

    This sequel to Sabriel is stronger on character development but weaker on action; I don't think Nix has quite figured out how to balance the two aspects of the story. In Sabriel, the heroine (and we as the readers) were plunged almost immediately into the dangerous journey across the Wall. While I liked Sabriel, I found her a bit flat and her relationship with Touchstone not terribly convincing emotionally. With Lirael, we spend much more time watching her grow up and develop some confidence. Her emotional shortcomings are due to a lonely and somewhat neglected childhood, caused in part by her own self-conscious of her difference from those around her. She is shy but adventurous, loves her dog, and tends to let her curiosity lead her into danger. The enormous magical library where she works is a wonderful setting. But although she has some adventures there, and the secondary character Sameth has some adventures of his own, their meeting and the major plot don't really get underway until near the end of the book, leaving the majority of the story for the next volume.

  • Cinda
    2019-05-10 20:41

    I'm really enjoying this series. Check it out if you get the chance!

  • Erik
    2019-04-30 20:39

    Lirael je ešte stále môj najobľúbenejší diel celej série! To sa proste ani inak nedá :) A Sam, ten mi snáď liezol na nervy ešte viac, ako zvyčajne... He should grow a pair! :)

  • Andrea
    2019-05-16 21:32

    After Sabriel's stoic determination, a swap to Sam and Lirael as POV is a little jarring, as they're both very unhappy and rather inclined to wallow. [Content warning: there's some contemplation of suicide in the early phases of the book.]I enjoyed the story overall, but not as much as Sabriel. It's both overlong, yet isn't a whole story in itself - stops right in the middle of a journey, in fact. The standout plus of the book is not one, but two snarky animal companions. Again the world is very dark and there is a high death rate for unnamed characters.Also. Sabriel and Touchstone are shown in this book to be loving but completely freaking incompetent parents. Incredibly busy, yeah, but doesn't excuse the neglect that they show to Sam after he is attacked. Never seems to occur to them that he could be traumatised, and Sabriel - after apparently deliberately holding off training Sam - then just gives him book and bells and expects him to get on with it, without any help. Annoying.

  • Chloe
    2019-05-14 21:27

    I liked this book even more than Sabriel. His world-building, story and characters are really great. It is gripping, well-written and a very unique fantasy. I really love his world and his style.The story is well-paced.This is a world that I could get lost in forever. The main characters are very likable, and I find Lirael easier to relate to than Sabriel, though of course I still adore her and her own book. He's taken what he gave us in Sabriel and expanded on the world and its magic in a really wonderful way. I love this book and this series in general. Sometimes light and funny, sometimes dark and dangerous; always exciting. This book has set us up for a great conclusion to the trilogy.

  • Stephen
    2019-05-15 02:23

    4.0 to 4.5 stars. The is the second volume of this remarkable fantasy series by Garth Nix. Given the well-worn venues, themes and even character types rampant in epic fantasy, it is great to find fresh, original characters, world-settings and magic systems. This series has all three. Add in that it is beautifully written and deftly plotted and you have the makings of a classic, which I believe this may become.