Saturday, 12 December 2009

Lirael - Garth Nix

This is the sequel to Sabriel, and it is even better. Lirael is a young girl, a Clayr without the Sight; the ability to See into the present and possible futures. The sight is the only true birthright of the Clayr, and Lirael has always felt left out without it. The book starts on Lirael's fourteenth birthday, when she is in the room in the Clayr's glacier where the guests eat their meals. A young man comes up to her and mistakes her for a visitor, because by the time a Daughter of the Clayr is 14, she normally has the sight. But Lirael is not a normal Clayr by any means. She does things that other Clayr wouldn't even dream of doing. Dangerous things, risking her life to save others. Not only can Lirael not See, she has never been Seen, except a very long time ago. But that all changes five years later on her nineteenth birthday, when she is told to go leave the Clayr's glacier forever... This is an adventure none of the other Clayr would go on, for Lirael is no ordinary Clayr. Lirael is much more. But wherever she goes, Lirael will always be a Daughter of the Clayr.
I thought that this book was better than Sabriel, and more enjoyable. I love the different characters that Garth Nix thinks up and the way he describes them. I would give this book 9.3 out of 10.


  1. You're right. I think this is a better book than Sabriel. Just not too happy with the ending.

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