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Goldenhand by Garth Nix
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it was amazing
bookshelves: arc-or-review-copy, fantasy, from-publisher, read-2016, reviewed, favourites

I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Also posted on my blog, Rinn Reads.

And here it is at last, my long overdue review of Goldenhand by Garth Nix. I started reading this as soon as it landed on my doormat, and read it in two days – back in October. Sadly, due to my preparations for Sci-Fi Month, and the fact that sometimes I take FOREVER to get my thoughts together, it has taken me this long to write my review up.

I first read Sabriel, the first book in Garth Nix’s Abhorsen/The Old Kingdom series when I was 12 or 13. I think it was a birthday present, and I’m not sure who from now – but whomever it was, I am incredibly grateful to them. This was the beginning of my love for the series, and I devoured the next two books as soon as I could. It is a series that has remained with me ever since, and in the fourteen years since I read it for the first time, I have re-read it countless times. I even took part in a readalong of Sabriel on my blog a few years ago. When Clariel was published in 2014, I was of course ecstatic – but it didn’t feel quite the same. Being a prequel to the main series, it was lacking what I had fallen in love with – namely the familiar characters, ones that I’d ‘adventured’ with.

And then along came Goldenhand.

Goldenhand picks up where Lirael leaves off. We get to follow the badass Second Assistant Librarian turned Abhorsen-in-Waiting once again. We get to see familiar faces, such as Sabriel and Touchstone. Returning to the Old Kingdom was just truly magical, and it felt like reading the series for the first time all over again. It brought up those feelings, that enchantment I felt when I first read Sabriel, and how drawn I was into the world of the Abhorsen.

Nix’s writing is just as excellent as ever, and of course the world building is stellar. He builds even further upon his creation of more than a decade ago, and Goldenhand helps to paint an even more vivid picture of the world in which Lirael lives. It is even published using the same classic font as the first books, which somehow reminded me even more strongly of this world into which I had escaped. And what I love about this world is how much it feels like ours, but with a magical twist. As a bookish twelve-year-old (and even now as a bookish 26-year-old) I could totally imagine myself accompanying Lirael and Sabriel on their journeys, exploring Anceltierre and The Old Kingdom. There is enough of a threat to the world that you feel a sense of peril, an urgency to read on and make sure that the heroes will be okay, even when you know things will turn out okay. I’ve never encountered anything like the magic system in these books in any other – a magic that feels so real and entwined in everything.

Goldenhand is, without a doubt, an excellent return to the Old Kingdom, and one that cannot be missed. If, like me, you fell in love with the series on your first read all those years ago, then for nostalgia’s sake pick up a copy of Goldenhand and dive back in! If you’ve never read any of Garth Nix’s books, then I highly recommend you start with Sabriel and work your way through the series – it is an absolute classic for fantasy fans, no matter your age. Truly a series I will treasure forever.
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Reading Progress

August 22, 2016 – Shelved
August 22, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
October 11, 2016 – Shelved as: arc-or-review-copy
October 11, 2016 – Shelved as: fantasy
October 11, 2016 – Shelved as: from-publisher
October 15, 2016 – Started Reading
October 15, 2016 – Shelved as: read-2016
October 16, 2016 –
page 62
October 16, 2016 –
page 223
October 16, 2016 –
page 353
October 17, 2016 –
page 353
88.25% "The migraine strikes again but I am so determined to finish this today!"
October 17, 2016 – Finished Reading
December 29, 2016 – Shelved as: reviewed
December 29, 2016 – Shelved as: favourites

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Lynne Are you enjoying it so far?

Rinn Loving it! I'm getting all the falling in love with the series (again) feelings, which I first had when I read it for the first time at 12 or 13. :)

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Paul Hope the migraine didnt ruin the end for you

Rinn Nope, it at least cheered me up a bit :P

Lynne Glad you you enjoyed it

Rinn Thanks, I'm sorry you didn't enjoy it as much!

Lynne Will you be going to any of his UK book signings this week?

Rinn Thanks, Hope! :) Have you read all the others?

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