Lirael by Garth Nix



Title: Lirael
Author: Garth Nix
Series: The Old Kingdom #2
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Australian authors, Fantasy, Necromancers
Pace: Fast
Format: Novel
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Year: 2001
5th sentence, 74th page: But in the course of her regular duties, she often passed interesting-looking corridors sealed off with red rope, or doors that beckoned to her, almost saying, “How can you walk past me every day and not want to go in?”

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Lirael has never felt like a true daughter of the Clayr. 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, while Abhorsen Sabriel is engaged in conflict elsewhere.

As an ancient evil casts its shadow – one that opposes the Royal Family, blocks the Sight of the Clayr, and threatens to break the very boundary between Life and Death – Lirael undertakes a desperate mission. With only her faithful companion, the Disreputable Dog, to help her, Lirael sets out upon a perilous journey and comes face to face with her own fate…


Lirael has long been one of my favourite literary heroines. She doesn’t quite fit in with her family, is immensely insecure, and is seriously struggling to find her place in life. Her multi-layered creation and the vulnerability in her tale pulls at the heart strings, and makes her all the more relatable to everyone who has struggled to find their place in life. From their teens to adulthood.

Not only does Lirael tell the story of its namesake, but it also follows Sabriel and Touchstone’s youngest child, Sameth. He is the epitome of a spoilt Prince. Whilst he isn’t a bad character, he is spoilt and naïve in his own talents. Like Lirael, he is trying to find his place in a world of expectations and political pressures. He’s still kind of whiney though, and it’s only towards the end when he faces up to his own sense of self and courage that he becomes more tolerable and admirable.

The complexities of The Charter and its creation continue to build in Lirael, and this, alongside the beautifully complex and intricate characters make it an unbelievably loveable book. This is one story that will sit on my bookshelf to be read again and again and again.

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