15 journalers for this copy...
- perfect-circle (Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, UK)
- Rebus5 (Canterbury, Kent, UK)
- Suedo's other half
- Suedo Spennymoor, County Durham, UK)
- Cyzaki (Newport, Shropshire, UK)
- CaterinaAnna (Coventry, West Midlands, UK)
- candy-is-dandy (Great Bardfield, Essex, UK)
- dark-draco(Ledbury, Herefordshire, UK)
- tehuti (Nottingham, UK)
- KiwiinEngland (Dublin, Ireland)
- nifferdoodle (Dublin, Ireland)
Middle books in fantasy trilogies are sometimes disappointing, but Garth Nix has created in Lirael a fine successor to Sabriel that both complements its precursor and sets up a mouth-watering dénouement for the final instalment in Abhorsen. Nix continues by setting this new story in the neighbouring worlds of Ancelstierre (no magic) and The Old Kingdom (lots of magic) but introduces several new and substantial characters that are as strong and fascinating as those in the first book.
In the Old Kingdom, while the Abhorsen Sabriel is off fighting the undead, who are waking in worryingly ever-increasing numbers, Lirael is alone in the glacial mountain kingdom of the Clayr dreaming of when she will receive the gift of "the sight"--which all true daughters of Clayr possess. She fills the long wait with years of self-taught charter magic and investigations into what lies in the depths of the Clayr library--a truly vast and ancient place.
In Ancelstierre, Prince Sameth, son of Sabriel and designated Abhorsen-in-waiting, is battling with his own inner demons. His own familiarity with charter magic is limited and it even sometimes scares him. This weight of expectation is crystallised when he is attacked by an evil necromancer intent on killing him. Sameth barely escapes with his life.
In these times of increased undead activity, Sabriel suspects a greater force at work. Sameth must return to the Old Kingdom and learn fast to help counter this enormous threat while Lirael too must play her part. She is a girl with an important destiny and is sent out towards the area of darkness and mystery that holds the key to what has been happening. Nix's imagination continues to impress all and his Sabriel trilogy is so far proving to be the award-winning spectacle that it has promised to be. The book is recommended for ages 10 and above. --John McLay
When the future is unclear, who holds the key to destiny? Sequel to the spellbinding, award-winning fantasy adventure, SABRIEL. Lirael has never felt like a true daughter of the Clayr. Abandoned by her mother and ignorant of her father's identity, Lirael resembles no one else in her large, extended family living in the Clayr's Glacier. 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. she must undertake a desperate mission under the growing shadow of an ancient evil -- one that opposes the Royal Family, blocks the Sight of the Clayr, and threatens to break the very boundary between Life and Death itself. With only her faithful companion, the Disreputable Dog, to help her, Lirael must find the courage to seek her own hidden destiny. Garth Nix draws readers deeper into the magical landscape of the Old Kingdom and weaves a spellbinding tale of discovery, destiny and danger.
Thanks AliceF, this is off to Rebus5 as soon as I get an address.
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Posted to Rebus5 today, second class.
The ending was disappointing, as the book is not a self-contained story. It seems to be the first half of a longer story (continued in Abhorsen, by the same author). So, that's a black mark for the publisher (for publishing a book in two halves but pretending they are separate books).
CAUGHT IN SPENNYMOOR CO. DURHAM UK
Having said that I did like the main character, even though she is desperately unhappy at the start of the book. Sam however, I found very annoying, and if I met him, I'd probably have given him a swift kick up the behind. The dog and cat were fun characters, and I have guessed a lot about their background, which I hope will be confirmed in book 3.
Will be posted on this week
PMing CaterinaAnna for her address.
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
To candy-is-dandy via mrsdanvers
Went straight on to Abhorsen as it's impossible to stop at the end of this one. It really is one story in 2 books - it felt like watching Dr Who and then being told that the story continues next week - groan!
I have now finished Lirael and Abhorsen and will be sending them on to dark-draco shortly. I will get my son to add his comments too as he read these books while they were watiing for me.
Thanks very much for sharing AliceF.
Thanks for sharing
I loved the Dog character, partly I think because the little silhouette on the front cover looks so much like my own dog. Mogget is just as cool though, if a bit scary.
What I love about these books is how real the setting seems, even though there's magic and zombies and stuff!! I think I would much prefer to be an inhabitant of the Old Kingdom though - much more fun.
Thanks for sharing - have already started the next one in the series so should be able to post them off soon.
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Sent on the next stage of the bookring
My favourite quote from the dispreputable dog when Lirael is again bemoaning her lack of Seeing.
"You've seen the hunting dogs, how every now and then one will be born with floppy ears or have a brown back instead of gold. They're still part of the pack. You're just a floppy-ear"
hmmm... I don't know if being called a floppy ear is very comforting! :)
Will pass on to Nifferdoodle tomorrow.
This is the second book in a trilogy. I have read the first, which stands alone, but I don't think you need to to read this. You certainly don't need to have read Sabriel recently. Books 2 & 3 (Abhorsen) do need to be read together though.
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Left at the bookcrossing Ireland meeting. Was on the shelf by the snug at the end of the night.