Lirael (Abhorsen #2)

Hello Everyone,

Today's I have something a little special in the form of a guest post by my long-time friend Megan Novak!



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. (Summary and book cover courtesy of


I enjoyed the second book in the Abhorsen series, but not as much as the first and third.  Nix spends a significant amount of time developing the characters of Lirael and Sameth, and the book does not have quite as much action as the other two in the series (although there is some).  I felt that Sabriel and Abhorsen flowed a bit more smoothly, where at times in Lirael I grew tired of the character development and itched for the storyline to move on.

Overall, I enjoyed the read! One of my favorite aspects of Garth Nix’s writing is the way in which the magical world is presented realistically, in a way that seems like it just might be feasible.  Much of the information presented is helpful for further understanding the world of the Old Kingdom, and the themes of fate, destiny, and the juxtaposition of an old magical world next to a new modern one is thought provoking.

Warning: Some graphic horror imagery.

Rating: 4 stars! 

Who Should Read It?  Fans of fiction in a magical but not outlandish setting will enjoy this read, as well as fans of the Abhorsen series

Want to read the whole series?

About the Guest Poster


Name: Megan Novak

Why did you choose this book?

Because I enjoyed Sabriel immensely and was eager to read the second book in the series!

What is your favorite book(s)?

Impossible to choose, but the two books I read over and over are "Alice in Wonderland" and "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn".  (*Marisa adds to "To Read" list...*)

What are you reading now or what do you plan to read next?

Right now I am reading "Shift: by author Hugh Howey, Silo series #2.

Thank you again for sharing your thoughts Megan!  It has been fun to re-discover this series through your eyes! I will be looking forward to more book thoughts in the future.