A nomad Ferin is has been sent to deliver a message, a message that she had been told is very important and that means she is being pursued by free maA nomad Ferin is has been sent to deliver a message, a message that she had been told is very important and that means she is being pursued by free magic creatures and necromancers sent by the Witch With No Face. The message is to be delivered to the daughter of the Witch In The Cave to her daughter among the Clayr, Lirael.
Lirael is sent in Sabriel's absence to deal with a Nicholas Sayre, who has been attacked by a free magic creature. Unsure of what to do with his condition, Lirael decides to take him back to the glacier, her old home with the Clayr.
After Clariel, I'm not going to lie, I was cautious approaching this book, but as I was told it is more of a sequel than a prequel, I went for it and I was glad that I did. It was long, I think longer than I was expecting, but it didn't drag which is always a bonus. This feels a lot more like going back to the original series. I liked seeing old characters and the introduction of some new ones.
That said, it still doesn't (in my opinion) come close to how much I loved Sabriel, though this could be because I'm now a lot older and these books aren't really aimed at my age group anymore. Still, I enjoyed it and think it's worth a read, especially if you liked the original series. ...more
Arielle has been kicked out by her boyfriend Piers after 4 years of living off him and enjoying a lavish lifestyle. With no money to32% did not finish
Arielle has been kicked out by her boyfriend Piers after 4 years of living off him and enjoying a lavish lifestyle. With no money to her name, she heads home.
And that, tbh, is as far as I got, mostly because Arielle is so.fucking.annoying and partly because at 30% into the book we hadn't gone much further than that. The story is being told in a series of flashbacks and I was just so bored I couldn't keep going.
I also had a deadline thanks to my Kindle Unlimited free trial ending, but tbh, this probably wouldn't have got finished either way. It's possible Arielle would have had her redemption arc and the story picked up, but it just wasn't for me....more
Young Jim Hawkins finds himself with a treasure map to the famous Treasure Island and sets off sail on his adventures with a mixed crew, including LonYoung Jim Hawkins finds himself with a treasure map to the famous Treasure Island and sets off sail on his adventures with a mixed crew, including Long John Silver, who is both a dangerous pirate and an ally to Jim in his adventures.
This book started off (in my opinion) very slow, but when it picks up pace it's a lot more enjoyable. The brief changes of narrative was a little unnecessary imo, especially given the story was moved on in other places from Hawkins confessing to getting filled in from what happened afterwards. Still, all that considered, it was a quick and enjoyable book.
I will confess I knew of the book, but I knew so little about the story that I didn't actually know Treasure Planet (the 2002 Disney movie) was based on this book until maybe 5 or so years ago. As a classic I was a little hit and miss about whether or not I wanted to read it, but I would recommend it.
Obviously the Disney movie takes liberties and changes settings, but one of the best things about the Disney movie, turned out to be one of the best parts of the book, which is the complicated relationship Hawkins has with Silver and how it's not always easy to call someone inherently bad or good, especially with a child's book I thought this was an important nuance for children to understand....more