Lirael is the necessary prelude to Abhorsen , the third of the set. I also personally think this book was better than the first. Is this feature helpful? She is a Daughter of the Clayr, but doesn’t have the power of sight, she is an outcast. View all 3 comments.

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If I ever die and go to fantasy heaven, I hope it resembles his immense library beneath glacier and mountain, where each door opens into a separate mystery. I also felt that things significantly slowed down towards the end, and I just wanted it all to be finished.

Lirael: Daughter of the Clayr

Lirael is also different physically. There are numerous references to things that exist in our world, and not just simple things like specific sports, but complex stuff like Puss in Boots that have a lot to do with history. It is the lost core pirael Get to Know Us. However, it turns out that she is very adept at Charter magic and has the ability learn quickly and perform lidael feats which most others cannot.

Lirael by Garth Nix

Now, two years past lieael time when she should have received the Sight that is the Clayr’s birthright, she feels alone, abandoned, unsure of who she is. Also, Tim Curry’s narration is very good. Sabriel was a good stand-alone novel. Retrieved April 30, See all reviews.


Most Clayr receive the Sight by the age of twelve. In the catacombs beneath the library, Lirael discovers how to turn herself into an ice otter or a barking owl, reads “The Book of Remembrance and Forgetting”, and duels with the monstrous Stilken.

Yet the characters are so strong and so loveable that even when they make decisions I don’t approve of, I love reading their stories.

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Readers can’t relate to that. This article is about the book. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? He 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.

I really really love Lirael and the Disreputable Dog was a great addition. Lirwel Keeper has been forced from her home by a bloodthirsty and terrifying stranger.

We learn more of the Clayr, a race who appeared briefly in Sabriel, and the birth of the Charter, created out of Free Magic.

Lirzel, on her liraeo birthday, is identified as a ‘Remembrancer’ a clairvoyant able to accurately perceive the pastand sent with the Dog to the Red Lake to rescue Nick, who has by now become the host of a malign, alien intelligence. In fact, at the end of this book, it appears as though they are winning the war to turn the Old Kingdom into a kingdom of the dead.

Lirael is more engaging, despite her bouts of self-pity. May 08, Nikki rated it liked it Shelves: I like good YA fantasy and the first in this series was certainly that. Just a moment while lirxel sign you in to your Goodreads lkrael. With only her faithful companion, the Disreputable Dog, to help her, Lirael must find the courage to seek her own hidden destiny.


My one big gripe is that I am extremely confused about the nature of the lrael of the litael, outside of the Old Kingdom, like in Ancelstierre. Pretty much everything I loved about the protagonist in Sabriel is contradicted in the Mary-Sue that is Lirael, the main protagonist of book 2.

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. Garth, I advise you to stop listening to your editor. Three stars, not bad, a fairly interesting story that tells us more of the world and it’s people, hope the next strikes me better.

She is an adult, and she does not have the Sight. 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 oirael in middle school and I have to admit I’m just as obsessed with this series now as I was then.

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