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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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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 |
Deep in the north of the Old Kingdom lies the Clayr’s Glacier, where the Clayr as a collective body of tan, blonde females pool their powers of the Sight to see snippets in the fabric of time that may or may not come to be. Stuck amidst the collective is Lirael, who, ungifted with the Sight, can never obtain true adulthood through the rites of the Clayr and sticks out with her dark hair and pale skin. Faced with a perpetual future of not belonging, Lirael begs to be allowed to have duties that will keep her occupied. The Clayr grant Lirael’s wish and sent her to work in the Library where she unlocks mysteries that will send her on a far-reaching adventure. In this sequel to Sabriel, Nix introduces the audience to another empowered heroine all while adding substance to the history and lore of the Old Kingdom through tales of creatures sealed away and eternal struggle between Charter Magic and Free Magic. Along the way, the book also switches perspectives through a couple of new characters in a way that thrillingly connects Lirael to its prequel and emphasizes the expansiveness of the world Nix has wrought to life. Recommended for purchase. Ages 12 and up. ( )
  kornelas1 | Dec 3, 2014 |
More adventuresome fun from Nix in this second volume, which I ripped through in about a day and a half. I confess that I was hoping this one would pick up nearer to the previous installment, but at least Sabriel and Touchstone do make their appearance. While I didn't I enjoy this one quite as much as Sabriel, it was still very much worth reading and it sets up the final volume very well (but with quite a cliffhanger ... I can't imagine having to wait two years between the two books). And the Disreputable Dog, what a character! ( )
  JBD1 | Aug 7, 2014 |
So this book earned its fourth star in the last ten pages, when a lot of things are finally revealed. Prior to that, this book was a little slow going, as it switched between the viewpoint of Lirael, who doesn't quite fit in with the tribe she was born into, and Sameth, a prince who is endeavoring to escape his birthright. I enjoyed Lirael's parts but Sam came off sounding like a spoiled prince trying to disregard his duties more often than not. Either way, the ending made me eager for the next in the series. ( )
  wagner.sarah35 | Jun 29, 2014 |
This was no where near as good as Sabriel.

I know it's a trilogy, but it just didn't feel like a continuation of the previous book; mostly because the focus was on a completely different character, and it takes a while for the link to be made. It's still set within the same world, which makes it interesting. But it's not as vivid as it's predecessor. ( )
  whimsicalwattle | Sep 27, 2013 |
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Garth Nixprimary 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.

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