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... Lirael is the next part in The Old Kingdom Trilogy, following on from when we met Sabriel and her father. I picked it up in the library out of curiosity more than anything, in my opinion Sabriel had been taken as far as she could possibly go in the previous book so I was interested to find ... Read review
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Garth Nix 3 Books Collection Set (Sabriel Trilogy Bundle) (Garth Nix Collection) (Abhorsen, Lirael, Sabriel) - Garth Nix

Garth Nix 3 Books Collection Set (Sabriel Trilogy Bundle) (Garth Nix Collection) (Abhorsen, Lirael, Sabriel) - Garth Nix

Product Description One warrior - to stand against all the dead. Untried and untested, ... more

can Sabriel find the power to guard the living
when the Dead arise? As a child, Sabriel is sent
across the Wall to the safety of a school in
Ancelstierre. Away from the Old Kingdom's wild
magic; away from the Dead. Then, on the edge of
death, Sabriel's father, Abhorson, sends for her -
and an 18-year-old Sabriel returns across the
Wall. Now it is up to Sabriel to take on her
father's role, laying the disturbed Dead back to
rest with the help of seven powerful bells. But
the evil which lies buried in the depths of the
Old Kingdom will demand every drop of Sabriel's
power - and cast a shadow far into the future,
which Sabriel alone cannot dispel. From master
writer Garth Nix, this thrilling fantasy trilogy
creates a breathtaking world of terrible monsters,
dangerous quests and unpredictable magic.  TITLES
IN THIS SET     *      Abhorsen,     *      Lireal
    *      Sabriel

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Lirael: Daughter of the Clayr (Abhorsen Trilogy) - Garth Nix

Lirael: Daughter of the Clayr (Abhorsen Trilogy) - Garth Nix

Middle books in fantasy trilogies are sometimes disappointing, but Garth Nix has created ... more

in Lirael a fine successor to Sabriel that both
complements its precursor and sets up a
mouth-watering dénouement for the final instalment
in Abhorsen. Nix continues by setting this new
story in the neighbouring worlds of Ancelstierre
(no magic) and The Old Kingdom (lots of magic) but
introduces several new and substantial characters
that are as strong and fascinating as those in the
first book.   In the Old Kingdom, while the
Abhorsen Sabriel is off fighting the undead, who
are waking in worryingly ever-increasing numbers,
Lirael is alone in the glacial mountain kingdom of
the Clayr dreaming of when she will receive the
gift of "the sight"--which all true daughters of
Clayr possess. She fills the long wait with years
of self-taught charter magic and investigations
into what lies in the depths of the Clayr
library--a truly vast and ancient place.   In
Ancelstierre, Prince Sameth, son of Sabriel and
designated Abhorsen-in-waiting, is battling with
his own inner demons. His own familiarity with
charter magic is limited and it even sometimes
scares him. This weight of expectation is
crystallised when he is attacked by an evil
necromancer intent on killing him. Sameth barely
escapes with his life.   In these times of
increased undead activity, Sabriel suspects a
greater force at work. Sameth must return to the
Old Kingdom and learn fast to help counter this
enormous threat while Lirael too must play her
part. She is a girl with an important destiny and
is sent out towards the area of darkness and
mystery that holds the key to what has been
happening. Nix's imagination continues to impress
all and his Sabriel trilogy is so far proving to
be the award-winning spectacle that it has
promised to be. The book is recommended for ages
10 and above. --John McLay

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Garth Nix 4 Books Collection set. (Garth Nix Collection) (Abhorsen, Lirael, Sabriel & Across the wall) - 1780487312

Garth Nix 4 Books Collection set. (Garth Nix Collection) (Abhorsen, Lirael, Sabriel & Across the wall) - 1780487312

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The Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix, 3 books, RRP £19.97 (Abhorsen, Lirael and Sabriel) (The Abhorsen Trilogy) - Garth Nix

The Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix, 3 books, RRP £19.97 (Abhorsen, Lirael and Sabriel) (The Abhorsen Trilogy) - Garth Nix

One warrior - to stand against all the dead. Untried and untested, can Sabriel find the ... more

power to guard the living when the Dead arise? As
a child, Sabriel is sent across the Wall to the
safety of a school in Ancelstierre. Away from the
Old Kingdom's wild magic; away from the Dead.
Then, on the edge of death, Sabriel's father,
Abhorson, sends for her - and eighteen-year-old
Sabriel returns across the Wall. Now it is up to
Sabriel to take on her father's role, laying the
disturbed Dead back to rest with the help of seven
powerful bells. But the evil which lies buried in
the depths of the Old Kingdom will demand every
drop of Sabriel's power - and cast a shadow far
into the future, which Sabriel alone cannot
dispel. From master writer Garth Nix, this
thrilling fantasy trilogy creates a breathtaking
world of terrible monsters, dangerous quests and
unpredictable magic.

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Garth Nix 4 Books Collection Pack Set RRP: £29.96 (Sabriel, Abhorsen, Lirael, Across The Wall: A Tale of the Abhorsen and Other Stories) - Garth Nix

Garth Nix 4 Books Collection Pack Set RRP: £29.96 (Sabriel, Abhorsen, Lirael, Across The Wall: A Tale of the Abhorsen and Other Stories) - Garth Nix

Title In This Collection:- Sabriel Abhorsen Lirael Across The Wall: A Tale of the ... more

Abhorsen and Other StoriesAcross The Wall: A Tale
of the Abhorsen and Other Stories Must-have short
story collection by Garth Nix, containing thirteen
stories all introduced by the author himself.
ACROSS THE WALL brings together an eclectic mix of
Garth Nix's writing spanning several years. The
opening story is the 2005 World Book Day novella
and Old Kingdom story NICHOLAS SAYRE AND THE
CREATURE IN THE CASE, winner of two prestigious
Aurealis Awards. The rest of the collection
includes two tales inspired by Arthurian legend, a
war story, a western, a traditional tale with a
Abhorsen The long-buried secrets of the Old
Kingdom and the Ninth Gate are revealed in the
sequel to Sabriel and Lirael. Orannis, the
Destroyer, has been freed from its subterranean
prison and now seeks to unleash its terrible
powers. Only Lirael, Abhorsen-in-Waiting, has any
chance of stopping this enemy of all Life. As she
and her companions - Sameth, the Disreputable Dog
and Mogget - set out on their fated journey,
Lirael has no idea of what lies ahead. Only days
earlier, Lirael was merely a Second Lirael 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 LiraelSabriel Who will guard the living when
the dead arise? Sabriel is sent as a child across
the Wall to the safety of a school in
Ancelstierre. Away from magic; away from the Dead.
After receiving a crypti

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Community Level 7Fruity_Tart

Fruity_Tart

Magic, mystery and some very odd Dead things

AdvantagesA 'lose yourself' story

DisadvantagesToo much for young children

"...not great, just good. Lirael is the next part in The Old Kingdom Trilogy, following on from when we met Sabriel and her father. I picked it up in the library out of curiosity more than anything, in my opinion Sabriel had been taken as far as she could possibly go in the previous book so I was interested to find out what Lirael was all about. I read the 527 page book in 3 days. It's fantastic. Lirael (and Sabriel) is set in an almost medieval land ..." Read review
09.06.2004

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Back Beyond the Wall

AdvantagesStronger characterisation than part one, same incredible world

DisadvantagesNo real resolution, finishes rather sharply

"Although Lirael is the second part of the Old Kingdom trilogy, it is much less a continuation of the first Sabriel, than it is its own book. Or, perhaps, half of one; unlike the self-contained story of Sabriel, this effort ends fairly abruptly and without any real sort of resolution, leading straight into part three. Nix himself has stated that he hadn't originally intended to create a trilogy, and this shows through here. Nonetheless, there are ..." Read review
17.06.2007

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Community Level 5Ankes-un-a...

Ankes-un-amun

Magic, Premonition and Necromancy

AdvantagesEasy read and captivating

DisadvantagesSomeone's bound not to like it, however much I do

" I acquired Lirael by accident really, but the story has got me hooked on Garth Nix's writing. As it is the sequel to Sabriel, I was initially unsure about reading it before first reading Sabriel; but then I didn't want to buy Sabriel and find that I didn't like either book. So that settled it and I just got on with reading Lirael. The story is set in a magical land called the Old Kingdom, which borders with the more normal Ancelstierre; a land ..." Read review
25.05.2005

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Community Level 4flamesparrow

flamesparrow

More magic, more undead, and a talking dog too!

AdvantagesDarker and more gripping than Sabriel

DisadvantagesEnds on a cliffhanger

"Lirael is the second book in the Clayr trilogy, and would probably be difficult to understand without having read Sabriel first, as much of the groundwork and magical explanations have already been learnt during Sabriel. It is centered on Lirael, daughter of the Clayr. The Clayr can see into the future – many futures, they do not know if what they are Seeing is what might be, or what will definitely come to pass. Lirael doesn’t appear to have the ..." Read review
23.05.2004

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Community Level 2annhunter

annhunter

Lirael by Garth Nix

AdvantagesReally very scary indeed!

DisadvantagesThe next one is still in hardback and I have to know what happens next... :-)

"...read Sabriel someone lent me Lirael and it was fantastic! The characters from the previous book don't really appear much, which is a shame, but the new characters are very believable and there are some surprises which I won't spoil for you. Lirael is much darker than Sabriel so make sure you don't read it too late at night... To summarise the story quickly, Lirael is a member of a magical sect who hasn't developed her magical talent, which makes her ..." Read review
11.05.2004

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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. See all Product Description

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Type Fiction
Genre Children's
Title Lirael
Author Garth Nix
ISBN 000713732X; 0007137338; 0061474347

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