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The long-awaited fifth installment in Garth Nix's New York TimesGoldenhandAbhorsen and follows the novella Nicholas Sayre and the Creature in the Case, which is featured in Across the Wall.Lirael lost one of her hands in the binding of Orannis, but now she has a new hand, one of gilded steel and Charter Magic. On a dangerous journey, Lirael returns to her childhood home, the Clayr's Glacier, where she was once a Second Assistant Librarian. There, a young woman from the distant North brings her a message from her long-dead mother, Arielle. It is a warning about the Witch with No Face. But who is the Witch, and what is she planning? Lirael must use her new powers to save the Old Kingdom from this great danger--and it must be forestalled not only in the living world but also in the cold, remorseless river of Death.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : HarperCollins, 2016
ISBN: 9780062216786
Branch Call Number: PZ7.N647 Go 2016x
Characteristics: 1 downloadable text file

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Aug 04, 2017

Loved it and found it to be of equal quality to the others. It had a satisfying ending with room for another novel to be produced but with no major cliff hangars that the reader must wait for to be resolved in future installment.

ArapahoeCatherine Dec 18, 2016

Nix takes us back to the Old Kingdom and I couldn't have been happier to be there! As always, I loved his world-building and (no spoilers but...) it was deeply satisfying to see the conclusion of a major story arc! Definitely give the audio version a try!

Dec 01, 2016

I love Garth Nix, and I love his Abhorsen series. This book was a little bit of a disappointing ending to the series. The pace of the book was off - the beginning was comfortable and then in the last 100 pages everything happened so quickly and all the conflicts were tied up with a neat little bow in no time at all. It felt as though he had started the book at his usual pace, and then rushed to finish it because he simply wanted it to be over.

The story itself was fine. The plot was decent. But there was some issue with characters losing themselves. In this book you meet Ferin, a girl from far in the north sent by a witch to deliver a message to Lirael. And you follow her for quite a few chapters as she makes her journey to the Clayr's Glacier. I enjoyed learning more about her and her people, who were previously unexplored in the other books. But once her message is delivered, she becomes a background character who simply hangs around for the rest of the book. She felt discarded. And Lirael, after she arrives at the Clayr's Glacier, seems to become a different person as well. It was difficult to link her with the Lirael I had come to know and love from previous books.

I would suggest reading it if you have read the rest of the series - which is fantastic - but it was a disappointing last book to one of my favorite fantasy series.


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