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 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 Clay; 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.
In this sequel to the critically acclaimed Sabriel, Garth Nix draws readers deeper into the magical landscape of the Old Kingdom and weaves a spellbinding tale of discovery, destiny, and danger....Continua
This is the sequel to Sabriel, and begins fourteen years after those events. The main star is, as the title suggests Lirael. She celebrates her 14th birthday as the story starts, and we learn that she, although one of the Clayr, cannot See. The Clayr are people with the gift to see the present, and also to see possible futures. Because she has not yet awoken she is treated as a child while those younger than her get to put on the white clothes of adulthood, she remains in blue. Always apart and alone.
But there is trouble in the land, an ancient evil begins to exert influence and Lirael is, through her duties as librarian, dragged into danger and conflict. And then there is the Disreputable Dog…
Meanwhile, throughout the Old Kingdom the Abhorsen is busy fighting off increasing numbers of the waking dead, of creatures returning from beyond the gates of death.
I don’t want to give away too many details regarding the plot, for a lot of it would be spoilers for Sabriel, so I’ll just say that this is a really well-written book. It is a YA book, but there are also adult edition available (the covers are different). If you like fantasy novels at all I’d say you will enjoy this book. It has magic, adventure, trouble and darkness, but more importantly is has captivating characters and a plot that’ll drag you along with it....Continua