Lirael by Garth Nix
Daughter of the Clayr (The Abhorsen Trilogy)

71%

7 Critic Reviews

The action in this book is great and you are able to identify with the characters. It was also nice to be able to see some of the changes that Sabriel had brought about in the Old Kingdom.
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Synopsis

New York Times bestseller Lirael is perfect for fans of epic fantasy like Game of Thrones. In this sequel to the critically acclaimed Sabriel, Garth Nix draws readers deeper into the magical landscape of the Old Kingdom.

Lirael has never felt like a true daughter of the Clayr. Abandoned by her mother, 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 possible futures—that is the very birthright of the Clayr. Nevertheless 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.

 

About Garth Nix

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Garth Nix grew up in Canberra, Australia. Besides being a full-time writer, he has worked as a sales rep, publicist, editor, marketing communications consultant, literary agent, and part-time soldier. He is the acclaimed author of the internationally bestselling Abhorsen Chronicles: Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen, as well as the story collection Across the Wall and the novels Shade's Children and The Ragwitch.He currently lives in Sydney, a five-minute walk from Coogee Beach, with his wife, Anna, his sons, Thomas and Edward, and lots of books.
 
Published October 6, 2009 by HarperTeen. 720 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Children's Books, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Lirael
All: 7 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 0

Kirkus

Above average

This is pure-quill epic fantasy, with satisfyingly intricate world building...Nix subtly invests minor characters, objects, even the landscape with vivid life, and his villains are acidulous distillates of pure malevolence.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average

...Lirael finds her destiny linked with that of handsome, nervous Prince Sameth (son of Sabriel) but startling subplots abound and keep the pages turning. The book ends on a cliffhanger, and Nix leaves nearly every major question unanswered.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average

In this sequel to Sabriel, Lirael is the only one in a community of clairvoyant women not to be gifted with "the sight." ...the cliffhanger ending points the way to a third entry in the series.

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Blog Critics

Above average
on Mar 04 2007

The action in this book is great and you are able to identify with the characters. It was also nice to be able to see some of the changes that Sabriel had brought about in the Old Kingdom.

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Suite 101

Good
on Jan 25 2010

Spellbinding characters and vivid descriptions make Lirael, as the middle book in the Abhorsen Trilogy, an absolute joy to read that outstrips its predecessor Sabriel in both pace and fantasy narrative.

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Teen Reads

Above average
on Oct 18 2011

LIRAEL is full of twists and turns, subplots abound, and readers will be turning pages madly. The book ends on a total cliffhanger, and all the questions raised in the book are left unanswered.

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Teen Ink

Above average

With the King and Sabriel out of the country, Sam off to rescue Nicholas, Lirael leaving home to follow a future seen by the Clayr, and a dangerous necromancer on the loose, this book is action-packed! I recommend it to anyone.

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