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By Garth Nix

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Format: Paperback, 528 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 05 April 2004
When the future is unclear, who holds the key to destiny? Sequel to the spellbinding, award-winning fantasy adventure, SABRIEL. Lirael has never felt like a true daughter of the Clayr. Abandoned by her mother and ignorant of her father's identity, Lirael resembles no one else in her large, extended family living in the Clayr's Glacier. She doesn't even have the Sight -- the ability to See into the present and possible futures -- that is the very birthright of the Clayr. Nonetheless, it is Lirael in whose hands the fate of the Old Kingdom lies. she must undertake a desperate mission under the growing shadow of an ancient evil -- one that opposes the Royal Family, blocks the Sight of the Clayr, and threatens to break the very boundary between Life and Death itself. With only her faithful companion, the Disreputable Dog, to help her, Lirael must find the courage to seek her own hidden destiny. Garth Nix draws readers deeper into the magical landscape of the Old Kingdom and weaves a spellbinding tale of discovery, destiny and danger.

About the Author

Garth Nix was born in 1963 and grew up in Canberra, Australia. After taking his degree in professional writing from the University of Canberra, he worked in a bookshop and then moved to Sydney. There he sank lower into the morass of the publishing industry, steadily devolving from sales rep through publicist until in 1991 he became a senior editor with a major multinational publisher. After a period travelling in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Asia in 1993, he left publishing to work as a marketing communications consultant . In 1999 he was lured back to the publishing world to become a part-time literary agent. He now lives in Sydney, a five-minute walk from Coogee Beach, with his wife, Anna, and lots of books.


"Lirael has taken this series into breathtaking, lyrical, fantasy status (and I hear that Abhorsen... is simply stunning)." The Bookseller"I was spellbound from page one... Nix's writing is masterful. Ithink we are seeing the emergence of a writing talent who will be here for many years to come and whose books will be read for a long time after." Mrs Mad's Book-a-Rama"Readers who like their fantasy intense in action, magisterial in scope and apocalyptic in consequences will revel in every word." Kirkus starred review"What makes LIRAEL a delight is the magic that Nix brings to his story and to his characters. It is filled with twists and turns, playful inventiveness and dark magic, and is sure to satisfy his many readers." LocusPraise for Sabriel... "Sabriel is a winner, a fantasy that reads like realism. I congratulate Garth Nix." Philip Pullman"Fast pace, drama, vivid descriptions, excitement and humour... What more could you want?" The Guardian"Every publisher thinks they have the next great children's fantasy writer. Harper Collins know they have." Nick Holt, AML

EAN: 9780007137336
ISBN: 0007137338
Publisher: HarperCollins
Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 3.5 centimetres (0.40 kg)
Age Range: 10-14 years
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4 review(s)
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J. on
Ahh, I love this series!

I'm not sure what it is about Garth Nix's writing style, but it immediately grabs me, draws me in, and wraps me into his world.

I loved the story of Lirael, and her life with the Clayr. I'd have to say the Clayr are one of my favourite groups in the Old Kingdom mythology, although I can't really say why. Anyway, I really liked Lirael, buuut... it was pretty obvious early on that she was going to be the half-sister of Sabriel. That was fairly obvious from the beginning, actually. The Abhorsen part of her make-up was a little surprise, admittedly, but it wasn't the most shocking thing.

The only character I didn't fall completely in love with was Sameth. I'm still a little on the bench about what I think about him. Hopefully my feelings grow by the third book.
Amelia on
A great conclusion to a fantastic series. Lirael is a beautiful story about a girl who doesn't fit in anywhere. Through dark magic and mystery she finds her way in the Old Kingdom a world beautifully constructed by Nix. Garth Nix has written a wonderful story to finish the Abhorsen trilogy, a book highly recommended for any fantasy lover.
Nicola on
I'm not much of a Nix fan but I loved this series. if you don't like sabriel then you certainly appeal with lireal. It is set in a dark world with necromancers and blood rituals that will save their old kingdom which is so different to the technology based world. but if they don't win through that there world will be as if it never exisisted.
Courtney on
i love this series. i think that this is definatly the best one of the series and thta many people thta have read the other ones will love to read it to. Garth Nix in my opinion is a brilliant writer and i enjoiy all of his books. i think that many other poeple will to. five out of five stars

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