“Lirael” by Garth Nix

Saturday, October 22, 2011 - Book Reading
“Lirael” by Garth Nix

Back of the Book:

Lirael has never felt like a true daughter of the Clayr. Abandoned by her mother, 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 possibly 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.

Annie’s Review on

As far as the characters went, I didn’t like Lirael in the beginning. I felt she was a very bland rather petulant character, but then she was obviously surrounded by a great deal of power so I was kind of fascinated. As the story continued, however, I liked her. In the reverse, I liked Sam pretty much right away then he devolved a little for me in the middle and was a little bit pathetic in moments. But then he got stronger and a little bit smarter and braver and I liked him again. In some ways – and this doesn’t happen often – I was ok with the moments when I didn’t like the characters because a) they were still surrounded by a great deal of power and b) it made them more human. I accepted their flaws as very real and not as constructs or as the author just writing bad characters. (read the entire review here)

Pages: 480

Published: 2001-06-01

Format Read: ebook

[xrr rating=4.5/5]

The very worst thing about this book is that a dog is a main character! Yes, that’s my only complaint.

The very best thing about this book is still Mogget! Although, I suppose the Disreputable Dog is pretty cool, too. For a nasty dog, that is.

One thing I dislike about reviewing a series is that I’m always worried I’ll give something away from a previous book… I don’t like when people ruin a book for me, so I try not to ruin books for other people, but it limits what I can say as a series progresses. Not that my reviews say much of anything when I’m as far behind as I am. :-/ I’m sorry. I’m trying to catch up now though!


This book will be placed under the 2011 E-Book Reading Challenge, the 2011 Fantasy Reading Challenge, the Aussie YA Reading Challenge 2011, and the iChallenges 2011.

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