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(Book #2 in the Old Kingdom series)


Book Overview: Lirael

Return to the world of Sabriel for its 25th anniversary with this special edition of the second book of the Old Kingdom series, Lirael, from master of fantasy and globally bestselling author Garth Nix with original cover artwork by Leo and Diane Dillon.

A spellbinding tale of discovery, destiny, and danger in the sequel to Sabriel.

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 against the growing shadow of an ancient evil.

Dive into a tale of dark magic and destiny.

"Riveting. Readers who like their fantasy intense in action, magisterial in scope, and apocalyptic in consequences will revel in every word." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Haunting and unusual, exhaustively and f lawlessly conceived. A must-read for fans of the first book, Lirael will also fascinate readers new to the series." --SLJ

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"Riveting." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Superb characterization." -- Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

-- Publishers Weekly

"The action charges along at a gallop--a page turner for sure." -- ALA Booklist (starred review)

Praise for SABRIEL: "Rich, complex, involving, hard to put down, excellent high fantasy." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Nix has created an ingenious, icy world. The action charges along at a gallop. A page-turner for sure." -- ALA Booklist (starred review)

Sabriel is an engaging tale that slays sexual stereotypes along with its monsters." -- San Francisco Chronicle

Sabriel is a winner, a fantasy that reads like realism. Here is a world with the same solidity and four dimensional authority as our own, created with invention, clarity, and intelligence. I congratulate Garth Nix. And I look forward to reading his next piece of work." -- Philip Pullman

"A wonderful new fantasy filled with rich and complex imagery." -- Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

"Nix's monsters are scary and repulsive, his sense of humor is downright sneaky, and he puts his heroine through engrossing physical and emotional wringers. This book is guaranteed to keep readers up way past their bedtimes." -- School Library Journal

"A compelling fantasy. The story is remarkable for the level of originality and leaves readers to explore for themselves." -- Horn Book Magazine

Praise for ABHORSEN: "Breathtaking, bittersweet, and utterly unforgettable." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

-- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

-- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"More than three hundred pages of breathless chases, near escapes, and intense confrontations. Nix's intricately imagined fantasy world is peopled by complex players worthy of both their dramatic backdrops and their moral dilemmas." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Garth Nix, a globally acclaimed Australian author, is popularly known for his deep-seated talent in the fantasy genre. Born in Melbourne on July 19, 1963, Nix's literary prowess began blooming from an early age, evolving from crafting short tales to producing iconic bestsellers such as the 'Old Kingdom,' 'Seventh Tower,' and 'Keys to the Kingdom' series. His profound ability to blend elements of magic, adventure, and humor into intriguing storylines has successfully catered to both young and adult audiences, earning him numerous awards and international recognition. Prior to his impressive literary career, Nix held an eclectic mixture of roles that furthered his unique perspective on storytelling. With occupations that spanned from a bookseller, literary agent, marketing consultant, to a public relations officer, these varied experiences provided him with a wide-ranging understanding of the literary world that would play an indispensable role in his creative writing. Moreover, his years as a part-time soldier in the Australian Army Reserve majorly influenced his writing style and themes. Current times see Garth Nix as a treasured icon in the contemporary literature landscape, with his books being translated into over forty languages. Despite having achieved global acclaim, he remains dedicated to his craft, continually exploring diverse themes and pushing boundaries in his writing. His significant contributions have left an indelible mark in the fantasy genre and continue to inspire the next generation of readers and writers alike.


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