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Lirael: Daughter of the Clayr (Abhorsen #2)

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Lirael has never felt like a true daughter of the Clayr. At 18, she is still unable to See the future like the others, With only her faithful companion, the Disreputable Dog, she must undertake a desperate mission under the growing shadow of an ancient evil.
ebook, 512 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by HarperTeen (first published April 21st 2001)
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Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
4.5 stars
Sh3lly ✨ Bring on the Weird ✨

When I started this, I was way excited... another epic story in this cool magical world with TIM CURRY narrating, again. The first section was great. We meet Lirael, who is a loner and has trouble being around other people and communicating. She is a Daughter of the Clayr, but doesn't have the power of sight, she is an outcast.

She finds a place to work where she might belong - the library! - and comes across a new, wonderful friend: The Disreputable Dog. I love TDD. So fun, so funny, stole the s
Lindsey Rey
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy, 2015
[4.5 Stars]
Way better than the first one!
Nov 28, 2007 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
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
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
Apr 09, 2015 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!
May 22, 2008 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
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Jan 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-read
[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
Feb 22, 2011 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
Nice to see the stories and characters are getting more complexed - I am looking foward to the next instalment in the stories.
Eddie Costello
Oct 20, 2012 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
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
Toto bol môj 28 rereading... (to len tak odhadom :) )
ale páčilo sa mi to aj najviac zatiaľ.
viac napíšem, keď si utriedim myšlienky.
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'M SO !!!!!
I stayed up until midnight to finish this and I don't regret that really, but I need to be awake at 5am for uni, so... I'll write a review out tomorrow lmao
REALLY enjoyed this though 🙏
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
Shari Kay
Apr 13, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Though the overall plot is very good...I had trouble warming up to the MC's.

Lirael is full of self pity and is quite the whiner. She contemplates suicide a few times and because she is not a Seer like the rest of her people...she feels life isn't worth living. She shuts everyone out and makes herself, and the reader, fairly miserable. She eventually finds a place in the Library and proceeds to almost unleash an unspeakable horror that's been locked away with a big, "DO NOT ENTER" sign on the do
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
Nov 10, 2011 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!
Sep 13, 2013 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! :)
After Sabriel's stoic determination, a swap to Sam and Lirael as POV is a little jarring, as they're both very unhappy and rather inclined to wallow. [Content warning: there's some contemplation of suicide in the early phases of the book.]

I enjoyed the story overall, but not as much as Sabriel. It's both overlong, yet isn't a whole story in itself - stops right in the middle of a journey, in fact. The standout plus of the book is not one, but two snarky animal companions. Again the world is very
Jun 13, 2008 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
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-and-owned
I liked this book even more than Sabriel. His world-building, story and characters are really great. It is gripping, well-written and a very unique fantasy. I really love his world and his style.The story is well-paced.

This is a world that I could get lost in forever. The main characters are very likable, and I find Lirael easier to relate to than Sabriel, though of course I still adore her and her own book.

He's taken what he gave us in Sabriel and expanded on the world and its magic in a reall
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.
Oct 14, 2011 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???
Dec 07, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
I didn't like this one quite so much as the first book, almost entirely because I lost patience with Sam. About halfway through, I started dreading his viewpoint chapters. Lirael can be a bit self-pitying herself, but she handles that far better than Sam does, and she's simply far more interesting overall.
Aug 15, 2014 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
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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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