Lirael, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (8 ratings)


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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 528 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Science fiction
  • ISBN: 9780007137336



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The second book of the Abhorsen Saga and, in my opinion, better than 'Sabriel'. It was a more fully fleshed out novel. While 'Sabriel' did a good job of constructing the world in which these books are set, Lirael makes it grow more. It primarily follows the story of Lirael, a daughter of the Clayr (a group of people with some kind of psychic ability) as she finds her place in the world. She is without the 'sight' and feels out of place and outcast in her own society. This tale recounts her quest to discover her true calling and although by the end of it the reader has already guessed what this is, it still entertains en route. The book is definitely improved by the presence of the Disreputable Dog (although, despite Nix's assertion that Dog is female, for me the voice it spoke in was always male) - I can't imagine a more mishchievous companion. We don't lose contact with Sabriel and her family either - now an adult with children, one of whom is the focus for the second storyline that runs throughout this book. Again, it isn't monumental writing - nothing to stir the soul. Neither is it in any way bad writing. It's a good tale, efficiently told.

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I've already said this about the first book, Sabriel, but it is still true about this book. Fast-paced page-turner. The storytelling quality is very compelling. Nix gives us characters which will stay with a reader long after one has finished reading the book. World building is beautifully woven that a reader can suspend disbelief effortlessly. Simply masterpiece.Overall Rating: 5 out of 5

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Second books in trilogies always have to deal with the 'bridge' effect - will they stand up under their own weight or only work as a bridge between the first book where the set-up or world is introduced, and the denouments of the third book. This one deals well with it, bringing in lots of interesting and exciting new aspects of the world introduced in Sabriel. The main problem with it is that the secondary character, Sam, is pretty annoying throughout much of the book - on purpose and for good authorial reasons, but somehow the self-pity that drives him is more annoying than the self-pity that in the earlier section drives Lirael.

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Didn't like this as much as the first one -- Lirael and Sam were both a bit too mopey.

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What Garth Nix needed was a better editor. I thoroughly enjoyed the predecessor to Lirael, Sabriel, but this one left a lot on the table. There are points when I really enjoyed the story, but it was broken up by long sections of average story telling, extended description of teen angst, and generally slow pacing.<br/><br/>That said, the story was a thorough follow-up on Sabriel, took the story to the next level, and was worth the read. I would bump it up a star if the pacing and teen angst hadn't irritated me, but regardless, it was enjoyable.<br/><br/>CAUTION: don't read if you don't like zombies.

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