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Lirael (Abhorsen #2)

4.28  ·  Rating Details  ·  77,060 Ratings  ·  1,820 Reviews
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Garth Nix's critically acclaimed novel, Sabriel , first introduced us to the magical world of the Old Kingdom. In Lirael, the story begins in the Old Kingdom once again, only this time it centers around the Clayr, who were only touched upon in the first book. The Clayr are a group of women who are known for their ability to see into the future
ebook, 720 pages
Published November 15th 2001 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published April 21st 2001)
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Mirra R I suppose that it is possible, especially if you know the story of Sabriel, but I wouldn't recommend it. I really loved Sabriel and I would really…moreI suppose that it is possible, especially if you know the story of Sabriel, but I wouldn't recommend it. I really loved Sabriel and I would really suggest reading it.(less)
Kairia This is a direct sequel to Sabriel, though it follows new characters that aren't previously mentioned. The story takes place fourteen years after the…moreThis is a direct sequel to Sabriel, though it follows new characters that aren't previously mentioned. The story takes place fourteen years after the first book.(less)

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Lindsey Rey
Apr 10, 2015 Lindsey Rey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy, 2015
[4.5 Stars]
Way better than the first one!
Sep 13, 2013 Echo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Nov 01, 2008 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  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
Apr 15, 2015 Samantha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Nemo (Young Adult At Heart)
I’ll be honest with you: Lirael is over 500 pages of largely non-action, worldbuilding, and characters who make terrible mistakes and have to overcome them largely by their own fortitude. But the difference between Lirael and other books with little action driving the plot is that Nix is consistent with his characters. He doesn’t tell you one thing and show you another. He never pulls any punches. He’s a writer you can trust to tell the story honestly and not try to force you into loving his cha ...more
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Aug 17, 2015 Sanaa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
[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
Oct 28, 2008 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: don-t-own, fantasy, ya
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Apr 18, 2011 Lady rated it liked it  ·  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
KZM books
Jul 14, 2015 KZM books rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Lirael je druga knjiga u serijalu Abhorsen, triologiji koju je u Srbiji izdala Narodna knjiga.

Radnja knjige se odvija četrnaest godina nakon završetka knjige Sabrijel ( prvi deo ) i u centru priče je Lirael, devojka koja je kći kralja Klajra. Čitava priča je fokusirana na ljude Klajra, Liraelinu veliku porodicu, koja ima sposobnost da Vidi budućnost. Međutim, Lirael je drugačija od svojih ljudi i ona nema tu sposobnost, te je iz tog razlo
Eddie Costello
Aug 20, 2014 Eddie Costello rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
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
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
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
Toto bol môj 28 rereading... (to len tak odhadom :) )
ale páčilo sa mi to aj najviac zatiaľ.
viac napíšem, keď si utriedim myšlienky.
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
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.
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
Nov 22, 2011 Cinda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ya
I'm really enjoying this series. Check it out if you get the chance!
Jul 09, 2015 Marina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star, own
It's kind of astounding how a 700+ page book can contain barely any action and yet I was never bored. Lirael is a sequel to Sabriel -- though I think Sabriel can stand on it's own and Lirael and it's sequel Abhorsen can be read without it. Lirael begins about six years after Sabriel ends, with a story about Lirael, a daughter of Clayr who feels like she doesn't belong with them and then later, about Sameth a Prince of the Old Kingdom and a son of Sabriel and Touchstone.

I had trouble liking eith
Everything that was awesome about the first installation of the series, Sabriel, got completely muddled and lost in this sequel. I loved the first book, and had high hopes with following it up. Those hopes have been dashed. Mercilessly.

We begin with Lirael, only 14, a daughter of the Clayr. She decides the best way we could possibly be introduced to her as a character is for a wallowing in self pity depression session and contemplation of suicide. I don't know about you, dear readers, but that i
Mariel Zani Begoña
Sadly I didn't end up loving it as much as I was enjoying the 1st part. I didn't like the new character we were introduced in the second part.
I really liked Lirael as a character though but as the story was progressing it turned out to be really similar to the 1st one. Overall, I really liked the world that Garth Nix had created but I'm not the hugest fan of his characters and plot

Lamentablemente no me terminó de gustar la historia tanto como la estaba disfrutando en la primera parte. No me gu
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.
Mar 01, 2016 Sašenka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, favorite
Skvelé a pre mňa lepšie ako Sabriel.
Liraeline časti v knižnici a tak celkovo boli proste úplne super! Sam mi k srdcu až tak neprirástol, ale som zvedavá aké bude finále, lebo akože halóooooo takto to seknúť? A slovenský preklad v nedohľadne?? to akože čo mám teraz? Uchýliť sa k originálu?? To by si Erik chcel???
Jan 01, 2015 Erik rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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! :)
Apr 08, 2009 ♠shane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 13, 2008 Miriam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, books
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
Apr 09, 2016 Nata rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Síce viacerým sa páči viac práve táto časť, ale pre mňa osobne bola aj tak Sabriel o niečo lepšia. Aj keď na druhej strane musím uznať, že Lirael je o niečo akčnejšia a dokonca mala aj o niečo rýchlejší spád, lenže zas ma nič nenútilo čítať ďalej. Sakra! Ale aj napriek tomu je to naozaj zaujímavé, osudy hrdinov sú prepletené navzájom a nebudeme si klamať, ja také rada! Síce tu bolo pomenej Mačiaka, ale úprimne som zvedavá aká bude nasledujúca časť.

P.S. Ak by vás zaujímalo, tá moja teória bo
Feb 28, 2016 Naty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own
Ja len.....fuuuha. Tak toto bola neskutočná pecka. Trúfam si tvrdiť, že Garth Nix je autor rovnakého kalibru ako pán Tolkien, pretože Nix vytvoril neskutočný svet, premyslený príbeh, novú a zaujímavú mágiu. Na toto nemám slov.
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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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Abhorsen (5 books)
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  • Abhorsen (Abhorsen, #3)
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