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Lirael (Abhorsen #2)

4.3 of 5 stars 4.30  ·  rating details  ·  58,450 ratings  ·  1,295 reviews
Special feature: This PerfectBound e-book contains an exclusive work-in-progress preview of "Abhorsen, " the third book in Garth Nix's "The Old Kingdom Trilogy."

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 does...more
ebook, 720 pages
Published May 15th 2001 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published April 21st 2001)
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It took me a while to get around to reading this book, even though I rushed out and bought it immediately after finishing Sabriel. The up side to that is in the meantime, I'd bought Abhorsen as well. That's important. Sabriel was a good stand-alone novel. Lirael and Abhorsen are not. In fact, I'd recommend that before you read Lirael 1) you read Sabriel first and 2) you have a copy of Abhorsen ready to pick up as soon as you finish Lirael. Lirael ends in the middle of something, and the two prob...more
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Nov 01, 2008 Nicole rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: feminists with a morbid streak
I'm not a huge fantasy person, but I'm always up for a kick-ass heroine such as Lirael. I thoroughly enjoyed the first 2 books in this trilogy, mostly because they appeal to my morbid streak. Death portrayed as a river with 7 gates? Sending the Dead back into Death using necromancer bells? What's not to like here?

Decent writing, excellent story, not-quite-typical (and therefore appealing) fantasy story. Not to mention book covers by the Dillions. I will read almost anything that has a Dillions c...more
Apr 18, 2011 Lady rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lady by: Ben
Shelves: bookclub, fantasy
I liked this book. The writing wasn't as beautiful as I hope for in fantasy novels. But his world building was thorough and very interesting. I went back and forth between liking the characters and not, which I think reveals how fully formed they are.

I really liked the whole Charter marks and Free Magic stuff. I think it made a fascinating world and sense of magic. I liked that, just because Lirael was good with Charter marks, didn't make her all powerful; that there were weaknesses to how it ca...more
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Mike (the Paladin)
Well.....okay. Not as good a book as Sabriel, I went with 3 stars on this one. It was close as the story is a pretty good one and we are still following the plot line thrown out in Sabriel, just not quite as well (in my opinion of course).

We pick up about 14 years after end of that volume and we sort of get an introduction like, 14 years have passed. there have been many battles as the King (Touchstone) who married Sabriel (the Abhorsen) overthrows evil, saves the Kingdom and aids the people. At...more
Eddie Costello
These books are awesome and should be mandatory reading by everyone.

I first read this trilogy(Lirael is a second book in the old kingdom trilogy; Sabriel is first while Abhorsen is the finale) when I was in middle school and I have to admit I'm just as obsessed with this series now as I was then.

With a cast of fantastic characters and a quick moving pace(mostly), you are truly sucked into the world of the old kingdom and it's pretty scary.

I'm truly surprised that this book can be considered YA...more
So there’s this girl, and she lives in a Glacier. Yes, a real glacier. It’s in a tall mountain at the very tip-top of her country, and she lives there with thousands of cousins, who are collectively called ‘The Clayr,’ most of whom are female and have the pale blonde hair and tanned skin that marks them as one of their own. They are entitled to this sobriquet because every single one of them can see the future. Every single one of them, except Lirael, that is. Most Clayr receive the Sight by the...more
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4.0 to 4.5 stars. The is the second volume of this remarkable fantasy series by Garth Nix. Given the well-worn venues, themes and even character types rampant in epic fantasy, it is great to find fresh, original characters, world-settings and magic systems. This series has all three. Add in that it is beautifully written and deftly plotted and you have the makings of a classic, which I believe this may become.
I'm really enjoying this series. Check it out if you get the chance!
At the beginning of the book, I was outside with Mike, both of us reading, and I had to say, "I'm not sure how I feel about this."

Without taking his eyes off the book I'm still waiting for him to finish (in fairness, it has, what? A thousand pages?), he tilted his head a bit toward me and asked, "What's that?"

"The fourteen-year-old main character is suicidal, in a book geared toward 'young adults'."

"Hmm," he said, his nose going back into his book. "I can see how that might be disturbing." And t...more
This was a very interesting follow up to Sabriel. I read it relatively quickly, and really enjoyed it.

Lirael, the character, doesn't know who she is, or why she is different from the other girls of the Clayr, which is a group of people who have the ability to see into the future, or possible futures. She just knows that she IS different. She soon joins up with The Disreputable Dog, fights fun creatures who are trying to eat her, and goes exploring... And thus we begin tagging along on her journ...more
Book one, Sabriel, was interesting enough to make me want to read this book, but I was a bit disappointed. I think what happened was Garth Nix had this great idea for a long story, but was unable to break it up nicely into a trilogy. This book was not complete in and of itself. It does not have a clear climax; it does not have any resolution; it is not a satisfying read all alone. Now I have to read book three just to have closure on the story.

That said, the Lirael character is usually fun. I am...more
John Dalton
I bought this as soon as I'd finished Sabriel, the first in the trilogy. I still found it to be a page-turner, but I didn't enjoy it as much.[return][return]Sabriel is a stand-alone book. Obviously you're set up for a sequel, but the story is resolved. It has a kick-arse female protagonist, an unusual and well-realised world, and a cracking pace.[return][return]Lirael, on the other hand, is a much longer book with a much slower pace, and much of it is occupied by the whining of two teenage prota...more
Phoebe Copeland
The structure of this book surprises me every time I read it--it takes a far more leisurely approach to the plot than its predecessor, Sabriel, but somehow manages to avoid dragging its heels on the way to the larger plotline centered on Orranis.

Beginning when Lirael is only 14, there are a few time skips so that the main course of the plot takes place after her 19th birthday--this is disorienting at first, but lends itself to the long-laid-plans within the plot: the grand scheme takes several y...more
Mar 05, 2009 Susan rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Susan by: David
Shelves: genre-sff
I'm afraid I may be disowned by the friends with good taste who recommended this to me, but I didn't like it.

I think I discovered why I disliked it when I abruptly hit the end -- this book had no story of its own. It's a bridge between Sabriel and Abhorsen that exists only to introduce characters and lay a bit of ground work for the epic cage match that is going to happen in the latter.

I found the writing craft to be much clunkier than in the first book too, filled with awkward worldbuilding an...more
This was an excellent follow up to Sabriel and every bit as interesting. Lirael is a whole new character to discover and enjoy although the story still takes place in the now familiar world of the Old Kingdom and there are frequent links to the story of Sabriel and Touchstone. Moggett and the Disreputable Dog are entertaining characters in their own right and I expect Sam will redeem himself and stand on his own two feet in the next book. There was a surprise at the end of this book when it fini...more
Much of fantasy is founded on the principle of Fate taking a hand in deciding future outcomes. It’s hardly surprising – it shares this principle with fairytale, with mythology, with religion, whether Fate is called a fairy godmother, a god or any other kind of demiurge. With backgrounds such as these the notion of prophecy looms large, even saws and sayings become significant determinants which one defies at peril or at least with little success.

In Garth Nix’s Old Kingdom series that sense of pr...more
When we first meet Lirael, the only of-age Daughter of the Clayr without the power to See into the future, she is depressed, alone, and busy planning her upcoming suicide-by-iceberg. “Tears filled her eyes as she imagined a great crowd silently watching as her body was carried through the Great Hall, the blue of her child’s tunic transformed to white by the ice and snow encrusted upon it” (p.21).

When we first meet Sameth, eighteen-year-old Royal Prince and Abhorsen-in-Training, he is depressed,...more
Emily Duncan
I can easily say that I am completely in love with this series. They are literally everything I have been looking for in a YA series. My only regret is that I never read these when I was younger (I was constantly picking them up at the library, but I never actually read them).
Lirael is the sequel to Sabriel (if only i had known that when i was younger, I'm pretty sure Lirael was the one that was always at the library and I could never figure out where it fit in the trilogy). And is set about ei...more
Fourteen years have passed since Sabriel deveated the evil lurking behind The Ninth Gate in the first book in the series, but still there are powers of darkness at work in The Old Kingdom – powers so ancient and devastating that this time, the powers of the Abhorsen alone might not be enough to deliver the kingdom from evil. With Sabriel running off on Abhorsen-duties and King Touchstone working around the clock to keep the kingdom in check, and re-establish old orders long forgotten, it might b...more
In Garth Nix' Lirael: Daughter of the Clayr (2001), the second novel in his Abhorsen trilogy, Touchstone and Sabriel are now the King and Abhorsen (anti-necromancer) of the Old Kingdom lying north of the Wall that separates their land of magic and pesky undead from the world of machines and countries in conflict (reminiscent of our early 20th century world). And things are not well in their Old Kingdom. An unknown "Enemy" is manipulating Necromancers into attacking villages with bands of undead...more
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I was quite surprised and pleased when I read this book after reading Sabriel. I thought Sabriel was a good adventure, but I had a lot of problems with the characters and the situations they found themselves in. I had a few problems with it in this book, but not as much as before.

First off, I thought Lirael was a fantastic character with a lot more depth than Sabriel, stemming of course from a difficult childhood and how everyone around her was gaining her heart's desire except for her. Sameth w...more
Shayantani Das
As much as I love this series, I felt cheated by this book. It felt like a filler novel, building up the scene for the final book in the trilogy. The extensive background details and character sketching felt unnecessary as we have already been introduced to the novel in Sabriel. Also, the argument that this book couldn't have fit into it the resolution of the conflict, is moot because Sabriel achieves just that perfectly. Overall, as much as I like Lirael, this book was a disappointment. The plo...more
Marje Mallon
This wonderful trilogy was introduced to me on Goodreads via the Hot Key books Old Kingdom READ-ALONG.

It is quite fascinating how Garth Nix fast forwarded the essential elements of the story many years into the future, rather than continuing Sabriel and Touchstone’s more youthful story. We are introduced to Lirael, a young woman who wants desperately to be accepted as a Clayr, yet she is lacking in one important quality that the Clayr must possess. Each year she grows older but the ability to se...more
Lirael es el segundo libro de la Trilogía Abhorsen, pase AÑOS buscándolo y creo que valió la pena; acá nos presentan a Lirael, hija de las clarvis, pero que carece de lo más importante, el Don de la Visión, que el parte fundamental para llegar a ser una clarvi, lamentablemente, vemos que Lirael carece de este don, lo cual la vuelve muy vulnerable ante las demás. A lo largo de la historia, vemos la evolución de Lirael y como logra invocar a su fiel amiga, la Perra Canalla *w* gracias a su poder c...more
It's hard not to admire a young adult fantasy novel that starts with the title character whispering "Death" repeatedly into a mirror before she plans to go and top herself. It's definitely a bold opening gambit.

To some extent it's more of the same from the previous book in the series, Sabriel, with reluctant protagonists being forced to hit the road to save the world from terrible necromantic schemes, but it's such a perfectly toned and paced experience that it's hard to complain. The world fee...more
Tamara Lazic
This is kind of like watching Star Wars, in the sense that the first movie is pretty complete, but the second movie leaves a gigantic cliffhanger for the third. While "Sabriel' has a satisfying wrap-up to all the loose ends, "Lirael" just leads you into the fight that is sure to follow in "Abhorsen", so if you don't have "Abhorsen" ready, it's just going to be frustrating as hell when you get to the end.

Though the human characters are all well and good, my heart remains with Mogget and now is sh...more
Quite an amazing book. I was surprised to find such a gem in the YA section.

In a way it made me think of Twilight, but in a good way. The thing is that like Twilight the book consists of 3/4 of characterization. Normally this is the point such books fail at. It makes the character come alive especially the protagonist named Lirael. It also brakes up the characterization with some action, so the reader doesn't get bored, which was one of the complaints I had about Twilight. As I said it was all a...more
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Garth Nix was born in 1963 in Melbourne, Australia, to the sound of the Salvation Army band outside playing 'Hail the Conquering Hero Comes' or possibly 'Roll Out the Barrel'. Garth left Melbourne at an early age for Canberra (the federal capital) and stayed there till he was nineteen, when he left to drive around the UK in a beat-up Austin with a boot full of books and a Silver-Reed typewriter.

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