Synopses & Reviews
Who is Lirael?
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 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 Clay; 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.
In this sequel to the critically acclaimed Sabriel, Garth Nix draws readers deeper into the magical landscape of the Old Kingdom and weaves a spellbinding tale of discovery, destiny, and danger.
"Nix invests the Old Kingdom of his story with a Gothic ambiance that is at once dark, heroic, and resolute....Nix's imaginative magical descriptions, plot intrigues, and adventure sequences are outstanding..." Horn Book
"[A] riveting sequel....Readers who like their fantasy intense in action, magisterial in scope, and apocalyptic in consequences will revel in every word..." Kirkus Reviews
"In Nix's sequel to Sabriel, readers return to the entrancing and complicated Old Kingdom....[T]he heroine's plight [is] instantly compelling..." Publishers Weekly
"Nix not only maintains the intricate world he created for the earlier book but also continues the frenetic pace of the action and the level of violence. The cliffhanger ending sets readers up for a third book..." Sally Estes, Booklist
"The fast-paced plot is packed with harrowing encounters....A must-read for fans of the first book, Lirael will also fascinate readers new to the series." School Library Journal
"The story is long, but Nix provides enough twists to keep up the reader's sense of suspense and discovery. Nix also does a good job of getting inside the skin of a female teenager, which is welcome in this genre." KLIATT
"Sound world-building, swift plotting, and superb characterization...make this sequel must reading for those who have read the first volume and a brisk, involving experience for those who have not." VOYA
"The plot is filled with hair-raising escapes, desperate flights, relentless pursuits, and magical duels, described in sensual language that makes the scenes live." Janice M. Del Negro, Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Lirael has never felt like a true daughter of the Clayr, but nonetheless it is Lirael in whose hands the fate of the Old Kingdom lies. She must now undertake a desperate mission under the growing shadow of an ancient evil and find the courage to seek her own hidden destiny.
When a dangerous necromancer threatens to unleash a long-buried evil, Lirael and Prince Sameth are drawn into a battle to save the Old Kingdom and reveal their true destinies.
About the Author
Garth Nix was born in 1963 in Melbourne, Australia, to the sound of the Salvation Army band outside playing ?Hail the Conquering Hero Comes? or possibly ?Roll Out the Barrel?. Garth left Melbourne at an early age for Canberra (the federal capital) and stayed there till he was nineteen, when he left to drive around the UK in a beat-up Austin with a trunk full of books and a Silver-Reed typewriter.
Despite a wheel literally falling off the Austin, Garth survived to return to Australia and study at the University of Canberra. After finishing his degree in 1986 he worked in a bookshop, then as a book publicist, a publisher?s sales representative, and editor. Along the way he was also a part-time soldier in the Australian Army Reserve, serving in an Assault Pioneer platoon for four years. Garth left publishing to work as a public relations and marketing consultant from 1994-1997, till he became a full-time writer in 1998. He did that for a year before becoming a part-time literary agent in 1999. In January 2002 Garth went back to writing full time again, despite his belief that full-time writing explains the strange behaviour of many authors.
Garth currently lives in a beach suburb of Sydney, with his wife Anna, a publisher.