Lirael: Daughter of the Clayr (Abhorsen Series #2)

Lirael: Daughter of the Clayr (Abhorsen Series #2)

by Garth Nix
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Lirael: Daughter of the Clayr (Abhorsen Trilogy Series #2) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 296 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not as good as the first, but a good segue
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Lirael has been raised as a daughter of the Clayr--part of the extended family who live within the Clayr's glacier seeking to understand their visions of the future. But Lirael has never fit in among the Clayr despite years of trying. She does not look like any of her Clayr family. She has no knowledge of her father. She was abandoned by her mother. Worse, and far more shameful to her, Lirael does not have the Sight which allows all of the Clayr to see into possible futures. Instead, a full two years after she should have developed the Sight, Lirael is left feeling the outsider. With little else to occupy her in the Clayr's glacier, Lirael begins to experiment with Charter Magic. In honing her natural affinity with the Charter, Lirael summons a strange companion and also sets herself on a path to oppose an ancient evil and choose her own future in Lirael (2001) by Garth Nix. Lirael is the second book in Nix's Old Kingdom series. It takes place roughly 18 years after the events in Sabriel. (Readers unfamiliar with Sabriel should still be able to jump into the series with the help of background passages for key information.) On the other hand, readers familiar with Sabriel will recognize familiar characters as well as relatives of characters featured in Sabriel. Although Lirael is a very different heroine from Sabriel, this story treads similar territory as Lirael tries find her own identity and make a place for herself in the Old Kingdom. Lirael is savvy and smart. Although she makes mistakes including some rash decisions, Lirael learns throughout the story and her growth is obvious as she comes into her own. Lirael is another beautifully evocative fantasy from Nix. The blend of high fantasy elements with action and adventure continues in this second installment as Lirael learns more about her past and meets some unlikely friends and allies along the way. Page-turnings twists and shocking reveals will leave readers eager for the next installment. Possible Pairings: Plain Kate by Erin Bow, Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken, The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan, Fire by Kristin Cashore, Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst, The Lost Sun by Tessa Gratton, Seraphina by Rachel Hartman, Magisterium by Jeff Hirsch, Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones, Dreamhunter by Elizabeth Knox, Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers, Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta, The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski, The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner, Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
TheLoon More than 1 year ago
Magic. These books are for those of you who just love magic. Nix, in some ways, is an excellent writer of adventure, tension and pace. First class. However, by this second book I was fed up and annoyed with all the magic. Every situation, good or bad, dire or minor is solved, resolved, developed or renewed by more, you guessed it, more magic. How will this terrible problem that can not be resolved by even the most powerful magic be resolved? New magic. Revealed magic. Magic by the cat, magic by the dog. Magic out of the past, magic from the future. For me it just ceased to be interesting because you know what is coming next. More magic. There just is not anything magic can not do. So, if that is what you want, this will be great for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Grabbed my interest and never let it go!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved Sabriel, but this follow up leaves a lot to be desired. The pacing is all over the place, the characters frustrating, and the story predictable. Nix is still a very talented author, but this could have used a few more drafts.
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Just the next step in an incredible series. Read by Tim Curry and FLAWLESS.
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Love this trilogy. If you've read any Tamora Pierce, and loved it, you will enjoy this
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As with Sabriel, I liked this book, thought it was well written, and found the events unfolding throughout  the book to be quite interesting. However, as interesting as i found the plot to be, everything seemed to  move along at a horribly slow pace for quite a bit, and I felt as though there were some scenes that  should have been completely omitted as they contributed little to nothing to the telling of the story. Basically the book dragged on for hundreds of pages then ended rather quickly without much development, both in terms of the characters as well as the plot in its entirety. In the end though, I found  it to be a good read and would recommend it to anyone interested in this genre. 
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Worth a read, just read it!
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This is good!
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