Lirael: Daughter of the Clayr by Garth NixLirael: Daughter of the Clayr by Garth Nix

Lirael: Daughter of the Clayr

byGarth Nix

Paperback | April 30, 2002

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New York Times bestseller Lirael is perfect for fans of epic fantasy like Game of Thrones. In this sequel to the critically acclaimed Sabriel, Garth Nix draws readers deeper into the magical landscape of the Old Kingdom.

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 possible futures—that is the very birthright of the Clayr. Nevertheless 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 grew up in Canberra, Australia. Besides being a full-time writer, he has worked as a sales rep, publicist, editor, marketing communications consultant, literary agent, and part-time soldier. He is the author of Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen, the books in the internationally bestselling Abhorsen trilogy, as well as Shade's Chi...
Title:Lirael: Daughter of the ClayrFormat:PaperbackDimensions:720 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 1.62 inPublished:April 30, 2002Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0060005424

ISBN - 13:9780060005429

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dark Fantasy I love how dark this series is. It's a great book for fantasy fans!
Date published: 2018-01-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A tad slow, but overall a good read As an adult reader, I found the progression of the story a bit slow for my tastes. I thought that the ending would have been a bit more...well, more. It sort of felt like it should have been longer, and the story completed in one larger novel instead of split apart into another. I did enjoy the characters, however, especially the Disreputable Dog, and will happily pick up the next book in the series.
Date published: 2018-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Great addition to the series
Date published: 2017-12-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Too slow The first 100 pages were really boring. Once it gets going, it’s okay. But if it takes that long to hook me, I am not recommending it.
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from not bad This was an ok book, but didn't live up to my expectations
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read I enjoyed the magic system and the world itself, both being well built and easy enough to understand despite the amount of names and terms needed to explain it all. I wish the seven bells were easier to remember, as having to go back to the page that describes them all is annoying, but other than that reading along was easy and enjoyable. I couldn't quite believe how Ancelstierre and the Old Kingdom could live beside each other despite having vast differences between them. Ancelstierre has more in common with our world because of its technology, and the Old Kingdom is full of rich magic and history. The citizens of Ancelstierre generally don't believe in magic, as it doesn't work on their side of the wall, and technology doesn't work in the Old Kingdom on the other side of the wall because of a magical interference of sorts. But, without having been immersed in the world of magic, it would make sense why belief doesn't exist. It at least made for an interesting read when showing the two sides, but it was jarring to realize that a 'modern' world existed along with this magical world. I'm used to a fantasy setting that doesn't have telephones and cars, so it took some getting used to. I also enjoy the importance of the Abhorsen - not just as a character, but as a title. And seeing characters in that role - and heading to it, as an Abhorsen-in-waiting - intrigues me. I enjoy reading through the struggles and the triumphs of such an important being, and I'm glad that this series provided me with that. I liked how the story was told from multiple points of view - mainly Lirael and Sameth - and the world was a much richer place when I could see from the Clayr's Glacier as well as from the Old Kingdom. The other characters were interesting as well, and I was glad to see that Mogget was back again. I also liked how it was casually mentioned that the Clayr, who were mostly women, reproduced with male visitors in a casual manner. This tiny bit of information made the world more interesting despite the little relevance that it had to the story. This fact of the world was told straight and then the story continued on without commentary, allowing us to learn something without lingering on it. The pacing was good (although the beginning was a bit slow to get through since the only goal we had to hope for was Lirael getting the Sight), but I cared enough for the characters and the plot to read until the end with pleasure. The world is great to immerse oneself in, the magic is fascinating, and the characters are great ones to experience the plot through. All in all, this entire series is worth reading. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great sequel to Sabriel This book continues on the amazing story that began in Sabriel. In this book, we meet a new character, Lirael. She feels like she never belongs, like something is missing. Her story continues on the amazing magic and fantasy world that Nix created. The emotions in the story that Lirael feels are so strong that readers can empathize with characters as they read. This is book 2 of 3 in the Abhorsen trilogy. I recommend you read Sabirel before you begin this book. Highly recommend to teens and adults who enjoy adventure, fantasy and magic novels.
Date published: 2008-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Speechless I just finished this book five minutes ago, and oh my god is it amazing. The way everything comes together is spectacular, the magical artifacts and powers is amazing, plus the dead....It gives Lord of the Rings a run for its money (and I don't say that lightly...I picked LOTR as my favorite books of all time! Together...Fantasy beyond belief.)
Date published: 2008-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dark Fantasy at its Best This second book in the trilogy is not a continuation of the first but starts up a new story line. Lirael is a Daughter of the Clayr, yet she is different in many ways and feels apart from the others. She does not have the Sight yet she is strong in Charter Magic and while waiting for the Sight to come to her she works on her Magic skills. She eventually discovers her destiny is not as she thought and she finds herself on a journey to save the Kingdom. This is a wonderful book, one you settle into and become immersed in the fantasy world. I love the Old Kingdom, it is a fascinating world. I've read almost all of Nix's books and he is a master at creating intricate worlds. I really enjoyed this. The characters, the world-building, the plot all satisfied me. The only problem I have is that it doesn't really have an ending but stops mid-action with virtually a 'to be continued'. I love reading trilogies and series but I prefer each book to have its own resolution while being a part of a greater whole. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2008-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome!!! This sequal was very good, at the beggining I wasn't sure I would like it, but I did. I am very glad I read it, Garth Nix did a great job writing this book as he did with the first!! :)
Date published: 2005-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mesmorising! This is truly one of the best books I've ever read. It's the story of how a girl finds a sense of belonging, and of self discovery.Great characters too! Congragulations on a job well done, Garth Nix!
Date published: 2005-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A want-to-buy-and-keep-forever book!!! Wow, I am just blown away from reading this trilogy. Garth Nix did an extraordinary job developping the characters, especially that of Lirael. What captivated my attention the most was how creative he was in describing the Old Kingdom. He described just enough to satisfy the reader and left just the right amount out to create an aura of mystery and magic. The plot of this story was throughly satisfying as the element of apocolyptic-ness and dark magic was elegantly interwoven into the story. Every page was a delight to read and I wanted to savour every word. I definitely suggest this book to all readers doesn't matter how old.
Date published: 2004-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lirael is a master work! This was an golden book! I fell in love with it and couldn't wait till the next book Abhorsen came out! (Also one of the best books!) But I do suggest reading Sabriel first. This book is a fair rival for Harry Potter any time!
Date published: 2003-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lirael is awesome!!! I read a book called Shade's Children by Garth Nix, and from then on I was hooked. I read Sabriel first, thought it was a super good book, and bought Lirael. I can't wait to buy the third book, Abhorsen, because this books leaves you at a cliff hanger. It's so interesting. I was reading it at school, and people started picking up, reading the back, and passing it to someone else to read. There's not much romance in this one. It's a bit of an introductory book to Abhorsen. Telling you about the history of Lirael and Sam. You need to read this book. It's super super awesome, and you will not be able to put it down. It's 700 pages, but I still wish it was longer. It goes by in a flash. Ten dollars is nothing compared to how this book is. It's definitely worth it.
Date published: 2003-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! This book was excellent! It had something for everyone romance, action etc... this is just or better than Sabriel! It captures your attention from the first time you open the book!
Date published: 2003-02-23

Editorial Reviews

“By turns rousing, charming, and slyly funny, Sabriel is an engaging tale that slays sexual stereotypes along with its monsters.”(San Francisco Chronicle)