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Lirael (Abhorsen Trilogy) (original 2001; edition 2008)

by Garth Nix

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Title:Lirael (Abhorsen Trilogy)
Authors:Garth Nix
Info:HarperTeen (2008), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 496 pages
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Lirael by Garth Nix (2001)

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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. ( )
  AlllyCat | Apr 28, 2015 |
From 4 stars to 1.5...

There was just something tedious about this book. It felt as if nothing really happened; we just got a bit of back story from Lirael, and rather pointless realisations from Sameth. And another talking animal? I really don't think that was necessary. ( )
  Xleptodactylous | Apr 7, 2015 |
I think I have a new-found appreciation and fondness for this series by rereading it. I never actually finished the third book, I stopped only a few chapters in because I read the 3 in a binge but this time I'm spurred on my curiosity. So many questions, What are Mogget and the Disreputable Dog truly? What really happened with the 9 in the Beginning? Gah, I hope Nix answers all of them. ( )
  LopiCake | Mar 25, 2015 |
It took me 3 months to read Lirael… it typically takes me about 1 day to a couple of weeks to finish a decent book. Lirael was an exception to my usual policy of putting down and stepping away from books that bore me for at least a few years. I stuck with Lirael because I enjoy the Old Kingdom and I was/am excited about reading the other books. I really wanted to love this book’s characters and final result, unfortunately I ended up hating a few things right away.

Lirael was a strange character. She is certainly one like I have never read before. She’s a young teenage girl who wants to kill herself because she isn’t like anyone else… in the beginning of the book! I had to keep reading to find out how she gets out of her situation. It was interesting to see how she progressed and how Sabriel fit into everything. Lirael’s innate sense to become a librarian and to stick with books is something I can relate to, and I appreciated the wonders of the Clayr library. (I hope we see more of it in the future or in the short stories.) The disreputable dog was brilliant. I loved her. I thought I loved Mogget, but that was in a completely different way! Towards the end of the book you really get to see the amount of trust and the bond that is Lirael and her dog. It was touching.

Sameth. Oh, Prince Sameth… how I hate you! The only thing I enjoyed learning about Sameth was his ability to create things like a “layman” (in their world, anyway). I thought that Sameth, from his very first chapter was a whiny brat. He really got on my nerves, and it’s actually why it took me so long to read the book. I kept having to put it down whenever Lirael’s chapters finished. I had to keep telling myself “it’s almost over… soon… just hurry… more Dog soon”. It was terrible. I want to say I liked him in the end, but I have a feeling Sameth will be a similar obstacle for me in Abhorsen.

The story was one that I appreciated. This book had better world-building than Sabriel. There were many twists and turns and I appreciated the nod to the first book with creating helpful but worrisome sidekick creatures and quirks of the protagonists. ( )
  theindigoshelf | Mar 22, 2015 |
Lirael is the second novel in the Old Kingdom Series by Garth Nix.

Plot:
Lirael is supposed to be one of the Clayr. But year after year passes and her Sight – the ability to foresee the future – doesn’t awaken. She doesn’t even look like all of her cousins, the rest of the Clayr. At least when she gets a job at the library, she can do a small part in the community and she can explore the library that has quite a few surprises hidden away. Lirael even manages to make/call the Disreputable Dog in whom she finds a loyal friend.
In the meantime Prince Sameth, the son of Sabriel and Touchstone, encounters the Necromancer Hedge in Death. From that point on he feels unable to take up the mantle as the Abhorsen-in-Waiting, descending further into depression, only looking forward to a visit from his Ancelstierrian friend Nicholas.
All of their paths cross when it becomes clear that the entire Old Kingdom is under a serious threat.

When I read the Series for the firs time, I was blown away by Sabriel because it was so new and shiny. And I thought that Abhorsen was the best book of the three. Lirael kind of fell between the cracks of fantastic beginning and satisfying ending. On re-reading it, I’m thinking that I might like it best of all.

Read more on my blog: http://kalafudra.com/2015/01/28/re-read-lirael-garth-nix/ ( )
  kalafudra | Feb 16, 2015 |
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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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