The Ninth was strong and fought with might
But lone Orannis was put out of the light
Broken in two and buried under hill
Forever to lie there, wishing us ill.
So says the song. But Orannis, the Destroyer, is no longer buried under hill. It has been freed from its subterranean prison and now seeks to escape the silver hemispheres, the final barrier to the unleashing of its terrible powers.
Only Lirael, newly come into her inheritance as the Abhorsen-in-Waiting, has any chance of stopping the Destroyer. She and her companions -- Sam, the Disreputable Dog, and Mogget -- have to take that chance. For the Destroyer is the enemy of all Life, and it must be stopped, though Lirael does not know how.
To make matters worse, Sam's best friend, Nick, is helping the Destroyer, as are the necromancer Hedge and the Greater Dead Chlorr, and there has been no word from the Abhorsen Sabriel or King Touchstone.
Everything depends upon Lirael. A heavy, perhaps even impossible burden for a young woman who just days ago was merely a Second Assistant Librarian. With only a vision from the Clayr to guide her, and the rather mixed help of her companions, Lirael must search in both Life and Death for some means to defeat the Destroyer.
Before it is too late. . . . (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)
I really liked this book, particularly after “Lirael”. While I enjoyed Lirael’s adventures in the library, the book as a story was overall pretty slow. In “Abhorsen” we find out what’s actually going to happen and how it all wraps up. Lirael is really growing into herself and I love seeing how she developed as she was forced to take on the mantle that she was given. As this was my second (or maybe third) reading, I was surprised that I didn’t remember the ending as clearly as I thought I did.
Of course the Disreputable Dog continues to be one of my favorite characters and is a perfect guide for Lirael as she tries to navigate one difficult decision after another. I also have to say, I was SO excited to find out what lies behind the ninth gate! It was absolutely perfect to me.
Warning: Contains repeated violence.
Rating: 5 stars!
Who should read it? Fans of adventure, coming-of-age with a dark twist to the storyline, but it will be very confusing if you don’t start at least with Lirael!
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