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Abhorsen by Garth Nix
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Dec 11, 2009

really liked it
Read in October, 2008

This book is the third in the Old Kingdom Trilogy, and follows directly on from Lirael, the second book in the series. As with the previous book, the focus is on the journey made by Lirael, Sameth, Mogget and the Disreputable Dog. These characters were all given a great deal of substance in the previous book, but there is plenty more to come here, with character development abound, taking the baton well from the first two books in the series. As with Lirael, the four heroes are working to prevent the raising of the Destroyer, a villain who manages to have quite an effect on the reader despite his limited physical appearances. The character development and advancement of the plot work together seemlessly- something that has always been a strength of this series.

Abhorsen brings a nicely brewing plot to a fantastic climax, managing to capture some of the emotion and terror that the first book managed so effortlessly, but doing it in the context of a much deeper plot. Nix keeps the reading guessing as to some of the more intricate details relating to the characters and the plot, which will the secrets behind their favourite characters (and it's easy to have several favourites) shrouded in a certain amount of mystery, but ultimately does not divert from a path that moves swiftly and decisively towards a brilliant conclusion.

If you have read the first two books, then you should be scrambling to read this in order to conclude what is a superb story. The main twist may ultimately be a little obvious, but it doesn't serve to dampen what is a well told with very well developed characters. An essential read for fantasy fans.

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