Book Review: Lirael by Garth Nix




LIRAEL: Daughter of the Clayr
Old Kingdom Series #2
Author: Garth Nix
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Action Fantasy
Released: April 21st, 2001
Review Source: Harper Trophy

Lirael has never felt like a true daughter of the Clayr.

Now, two years past the time when she should have received the Sight that is the Clayr's birthright, she feels alone, abandoned, unsure of who she is. Nevertheless, the fate of the Old Kingdom lies in her hands. With only her faithful companion, the Disreputable Dog, Lirael must undertake a desperate mission under the growing shadow of an ancient evil.

In this sequel to Sabriel, winner of the Aurealis Award for Excellence in Australian Science Fiction, New York Times best-selling author Garth Nix weaves a spellbinding tale of discovery, destiny, and danger.


Have you ever felt you didn't belong, even within your own family? That's now Lirael has been feeling. The Clayr are a tight family who live together within a massive glacier in the Old Kingdom. They all share familiar traits, like the telling blond hair, tanned skin with green eyes. They also share the gift of Sight, to see the future. Lirael has been waiting for her Sight to manifest itself, to assimilate into her family. Not only does Lirael have pale skin and dark hair, as she gets older she becomes more of an oddity within the Glacier, younger and younger girls get their sight around her.

In a desperate attempt to define herself, to busy herself away from the constant reminder she is still without her Sight, she gets an apprenticeship within the vast spiraling library. It is within these dusty tomes that she finds a friend, the Disreputable dog. She reads and works the days away, finding small adventures within the ever downward spiral of the library, some doors are not meant to be opened, many old and dangerous things hide down the further she goes. Within one door, what she finds cannot be undone, but maybe it was meant to be found...

As always with this series, I love it, truly I do! I felt a kin to Lirael, in how odd she felt and how hard she was searching to find herself. Then again, I first read this book back in middle school, and weren't we all trying to find ourselves? A fantastic follow up to Sabriel, packed full of adventure and a growing heroin.

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