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Lirael (original 2001; edition 2003)

by Garth Nix

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Title:Lirael
Authors:Garth Nix
Info:HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (2003), Hardcover, 528 pages
Collections:Read but unowned, read in 2012
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Lirael by Garth Nix (2001)

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The second in Garth Nix's saga of magic and necromancy. Lireal is a young woman from a race of Seers who does not have the sight. She finds work in the Great Library, a fantastic and sometimes frightening place that holds books, weapons, magic, and some rather nasty monsters. With her friend the Disreputable Dog, Lireal embarks on an adventure to save a non-magical foreigner caught in the clutches of an evil necromancer.

This young adult novel is quite suitable for adult readers who like fantasy without a lot of romance or bodice-ripping. ( )
  debs913 | Apr 2, 2016 |
These were fun books.
Sabriel is pretty much a stand-alone book, but the second two are really one novel - Lirael ends right smack in the middle on a cliffhanger, and Abhorsen starts right where it left off...
The trilogy gives us a dual world - one which very strongly resembles Britain in the early twentieth century - and then, across the Wall, the Old Kingdom, a magical land which is currently in a dire state of anarchy and seriously plagued by the Dead - which rise as zombies and make themselves the sort of nuisance that zombies generally do.
Sabriel has been raised at a girls' school in Ancelstierre (Britain), but has always been aware that her father is the Abhorsen, a powerful individual with magical influence over the Dead. But when her father disappears, and Sabriel sets out to find him, she realizes that she has never been aware of even half of her father's abilities and duties... duties which are now on her shoulders, as she realizes that more is at stake than merely her father's life...
The second story (Lirael/Abhorsen) takes place around 20 years later, and deals mostly with the next generation... of course, things are even worse, plots are afoot to bring about the end of the world, necromancers are causing problems, and our young protagonists, Lirael and Sam, must both discover who they truly are, find their path/calling in life, and, oh, save the world. With the help of the snarky magical cat (?), Mogget, and the Disreputable Dog.
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  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
Annoyed that I didn't bring home the next book with me before the holiday, so now I'll have to wait until Friday to start. I didn't expect it to go so quickly, but I read about 400 pages on my day off today, because it's so easy to just breeze through. Also, not that there wasn't plenty about death, etc. in Sabriel, but this book is significantly (and surprisingly) darker than its predecessor. The violence is more traumatic because of the way the protagonists respond to it - neither Lirael nor Sameth is as mentally tough as Sabriel was - and there's a lot more internal struggle with things like depression and suicide. Very interesting, and I liked the way it was handled, but definitely dark.
  mirikayla | Feb 8, 2016 |
Re-read. First read as a digital book. Now I read it in paperback. ( )
  MisaBookworm | Feb 2, 2016 |
This is an excellent book. 'Lirael' does not immediatly pick up where 'Sabriel' left off, instead exploring a new plotline before weaving the two together. Same high quality as always, and the new characters, such as the Disreputable Dog and Lirael herself, were fascinating as always. I saw the major plot twist coming, but Nix still managed to make it exciting when it happened. Very good. ( )
  jerenda | Jan 20, 2016 |
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Garth Nixprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Villari Gerli, FabriziaTranslatorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Curry, TimNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dillon, DianeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dillon, LeoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kattelus, KaisaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To Anna, my family and friends, and to the memory of Bytenix (1986-1999), the original Disreputable Dog.
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It was a hot, steamy summer and the mosquitoes swarmed everywhere, from their breeding grounds in the rotten, reedy shores of the Red Lake up to the foothills of Mount Abed.
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Fourteen years have passed since the necromancer Sabriel bound the Greater Dead Adept Kerrigor beyond the Ninth Gate and helped restore King Touchstone to the Old Kingdom throne. Now she rules at his side as Abhorsen, the sole necromancer of the Old Kingdom, keeping the people safe from the dark power of Free Magic. But this is not just Sabriel's tale. It is also the story of Hedge, a mysterious necromancer who is digging up a monstrous evil that could utterly destroy the Old Kingdom. And it is the story of Prince Sameth, Touchstone and Sabriel's only son, who would rather fight an entire army of Dead than disappoint his beloved parents. And Sam's friend Nick, who has unknowingly loosed Free Magic into the Old Kingdom, blissfully ignorant of its complete malevolence. But mostly, this is the tale of Lirael, the only daughter of the future-seeing Clayr who does not possess the Sight. Burying the pain of her Sightlessness in the Clayr's great library, Third Assistant Librarian Lirael's insatiable curiosity will soon lead her to an unbelievable destiny that may even be connected with that of the great Sabriel herself.

Garth Nix's stunning sequel to Sabriel, full of Mages, Moggets, and even a Disreputable Dog, is on par with the equally superb works of Philip Pullman and William Nicholson. And fantasy lovers of all ages will be thrilled to discover that Lirael ends with more questions than answers, which will mean a third dip into Nix's beguiling Charter Magic. Both exhilarating and mesmerizing, this fine novel is pure enchantment. (Ages 12 and older) --Jennifer Hubert

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When a dangerous necromancer threatens to unleash a long-buried evil, Lirael and Prince Sameth are drawn into a battle to save the Old Kingdom and reveal their true destinies. Lirael has never felt like a true daughter of the Clayr. Now, two years past the time when she should have received the Sight that is the Clayr's birthright, she feels alone, abandoned, unsure of who she is. Nevertheless, the fate of the Old Kingdom lies in her hands. With only her faithful companion, the Disreputable Dog, Lirael must undertake a desperate mission under the growing shadow of an ancient evil. In this sequel to Sabriel, winner of the Aurealis Award for Excellence in Australian Science Fiction, New York Times best-selling author Garth Nix weaves a spellbinding tale of discovery, destiny, and danger.… (more)

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