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Lirael by Garth Nix
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Apr 06, 15

bookshelves: paranormal, young-adult, australian, childhood-revisited, 2012, fantasy, own-it-hard-copy
Read from February 22 to 24, 2012

Where the first book of the Abhorsen Trilogy, "Sabriel", can be considered a stand-alone novel, this second instalment most definitely cannot. It's very obviously the book that establishes the scene and the characters of the final book.

Set eighteen years after the events in "Sabriel", the story is split between Sameth - Sabriel and Touchstone's son - and a new character, Lirael. Sameth is the Abhorsen-in-Waiting, and hates it. Going into Death terrifies him, and even touching the Book of the Dead makes him physically ill. Lirael is an outsider among The Clayr, unable to see the future like the rest. Eventually, she's stationed to the library and takes advantage of her posting to learn everything she can, including Charter magic.

It takes about 75% of the book for the two characters to even meet, though it's clear that they're moving towards a meeting from quite early on.

While it's very much a "to be continued" type book, in which a LOT of time is dedicated to establishing the characters, it's still a thoroughly enjoyable read, and I'll be moving straight on to the final book, "Abhorsen"!

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