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Lirael (Abhorsen #2)

4.29 of 5 stars 4.29  ·  rating details  ·  67,522 ratings  ·  1,555 reviews
Lirael has never felt like a true daughter of the Clayr. Now, two years past the time when she should have received the Sight that is the Clayr’s birthright, she feels alone, abandoned, unsure of who she is. Nevertheless, the fate of the Old Kingdom lies in her hands.

With only her faithful companion, the Disreputable Dog, Lirael must undertake a desperate mission under the
Kindle Edition, 720 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by HarperTeen (first published April 21st 2001)
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Anna Completely different story though some of the old characters are interwoven with the Lirael characters. When I read this series I think of Steampunk -…moreCompletely different story though some of the old characters are interwoven with the Lirael characters. When I read this series I think of Steampunk - a few different time frames tossed together..lots of adventure...(less)
Kelsey I found the characters had way more depth than the first book. I didn't mind the first book for what it was but I did find it very unmemorable. Lirael…moreI found the characters had way more depth than the first book. I didn't mind the first book for what it was but I did find it very unmemorable. Lirael (the main character) and the secondary characters are developed much more than the first book.(less)

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Lindsey Rey
[4.5 Stars]
Way better than the first one!
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
4.5 stars
I liked this even more than the first book! I really really love Lirael and the Disreputable Dog was a great addition. Some of my favorite scenes where between Dog and Moggot.
He book definitely ends on something of a cliff hanger so I cannot wait to pick up Abhorsen!
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
When I glance at the reviews for this book, I'm actually surprised. Not that people would like this book, but that everyone would like it. I thought for sure there would be more of a split on it.

I mean, the writing is good. Nix can put together sentences and his plot is soundly articulated. His Old Kingdom is a vast and impressive construct, and his imagination is superb. There were even a couple really good scenes in here.

I just...I don't know. I couldn't wait for it to end. I hated the charac
[4 Stars] I'm conflicted about this rating because the first half of the book was probably more like a 5 star book, the last half of the book was more 4 stars, and all of Sameth's parts were around 3.5 or even 3 stars. Why did Sameth have to be just as annoying as Lirael was amazing? Lirael was seriously such a fantastic protagonist, and I wish the book had focused almost entirely on her as opposed to bringing Sameth into the picture. He just seems like a bit of a waste in all honesty: annoying, ...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
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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
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
Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
Two books through this trilogy (because I'm very unsure about reading past that, since Nix has started doing prequels and such) and I'm STILL uncertain how I feel about it. I reread my Sabriel review and basically find myself feeling the same way, if rather reluctantly. As I mentioned in my last update, these books are sometimes difficult to focus on, but by the end I want to go back and reread them to piece everything together. Lirael and Sameth both felt very realistic, although I was disappoi ...more
As much as I love Sabriel (both the book and the character!), I was reluctant to read this again. Lirael’s role in the library is awesome, but both she and Sameth are rather too prone to self-pity to stand up well beside Sabriel’s example. Which is part of the whole point, that Sameth’s grown up in his parents’ shadows, but still. While Sameth has serious problems to deal with, he’s also selfish, doesn’t think things through properly, and would do a lot better if he’d open his mouth and let word ...more
Garth Nix has done it again folks.

Lirael is closer to a piece of artwork than a book. The world is so vivid, it becomes a character itself. Nothing in this book is an inanimate object. Everything from the Abhorsen's house to the river Ratterlin has character and charm. Specific settings of the book carry emotion that is felt by the characters and readers alike. For instance, the Clayr's glacier has an air of oppression and deep sadness, while the great library Lirael came to love conveyed a sens
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
Ak si myslíte, že je Sabriel skvelá...Lirael je ešte skvelejšieúžasnejšia...

Prečo mi to travlo tak ku*evsky dlho? -_-
Eh...jeden dôvod by tu bol. Sam! Nemám rád toho chlapca.

A tá mágia. ^^
Macek. Fenka. Obaja sú bohovský.

A ten koniec.
Lirael je ešte stále môj najobľúbenejší diel celej série! To sa proste ani inak nedá :)
A Sam, ten mi snáď liezol na nervy ešte viac, ako zvyčajne... He should grow a pair! :)
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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!
This series is a re-read for me and on reading Lirael a second time I feel like it was slower paced than the first book and harder to get through. This may be because the characters I grew to love in the first book are not really in the sequel and it has jumped quite a few years. The characters we follow this time round are Lirael and Sameth. I found this, mainly, dual perspective nice to read, however I much prefered Lirael's perspective to Sam's because in the bulk of the story he came across ...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
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
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
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
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
3.5 Stars

I rather enjoyed Lirael. It was a fine continuation of the story begun in Sabriel with the introduction of new characters and the re-introduction of old characters such as the Abhorsen and the Prince. You cannot exactly consider this book a normal continuation of the storyline. Where Sabriel is on its own one book and one plot this story is set afterwards along a different plot yet with some ideas drawn from the original book. That said it was still readable on its own.

Lirael is the sto
Rose 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
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
This sequel to Sabriel is stronger on character development but weaker on action; I don't think Nix has quite figured out how to balance the two aspects of the story. In Sabriel, the heroine (and we as the readers) were plunged almost immediately into the dangerous journey across the Wall. While I liked Sabriel, I found her a bit flat and her relationship with Touchstone not terribly convincing emotionally. With Lirael, we spend much more time watching her grow up and develop some confidence. He ...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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