Abhorsen, the third book in the Abhorsen series by Garth Nix blew Lirael out of the water. Have you ever seen the last Harry Potter movie? Or even read the book? It’s like that. Where Lirael is the build up, and the information and Abhorsen is all the action. I really wish you could just skip Lirael all together but there are a few important tidbits you would miss. Like her lineage, and why she has issues with the Sight.
Also, in Lirael the characters, her and Sam seemed to have very similar personalities to those of Sabriel and Touchstone. It felt like I was reading about the same characters. They more so came into their different personalities in Abhorsen when Sam finally realized he was meant to use his wall builder blood and Lirael accepted her role as the Abhorsen in waiting.
One of the main characters dies in the end. I won’t say who but it was very sad 😦 I wish that part had been different in the book.
There was also some weird, inconsistent things going on with Mogget. He was separated from them early in the novel when they were fleeing the Abhorsen house, by an ancient evil underneath the house. Then he just shows back up like nothing happened. His actions at the end of the novel threw me off because his real personality, when he’s in his free magic form, was so different in Sabriel. He almost killed her for crying out loud! And then he just chooses to not be terrible at the end? It was inconsistent. The whole time throughout the novel he is acting more shady than normal and then he just isn’t anymore.
Maybe Nix was trying to push his point with the whole “Does the walker choose the path, or the path the walker?” Maybe Mogget finally chose the right path.
Anywho, Clariel comes out soon. I haven’t looked up the synopsis on Goodreads yet but I know I’m going to buy it anyway. Nix just has a way with high fantasy that I don’t think you see very often anymore. I like how completely different and unique it is. It doesn’t feel copy cat or cliche.
Happy Reading 🙂