Tag: Garth Nix

Goldenhand, by Garth Nix



This was slow getting started for me, but the payoff was worth the persistence. Lirael is now working fulltime to banish the Dead and dispose of Free Magic creatures, and her story intertwines with that of Ferin, who has a critical message from her people for Lirael. Nix continues to create new challenges for his heroines, and it makes for a fascinating read. For 16 and up.


Abhorsen, by Garth Nix


The excellent conclusion to Nix’s trilogy about the Abhorsen, those who use their magic to send the risen Dead back into the nine gates of Death. This is a direct sequel from the second book, and picks up just where that left off. Lirael and Sameth are working to save Sam’s friend Nick, and to stop an evil necromancer about to resurrect a dark evil that will destroy the world. These novels are filled with extraordinary world-building and fully three-dimensional characters, creating wonderful stories. Recommended for 16 and up, due to warfare, gore, Death, and many, many zombies (though they are never called that).

Lirael, by Garth Nix


This fantasy picks up 20 years after the first in the series finished, and it introduces us to Lirael, a 14-year-old Daughter of the Clayr who is waiting sadly to finally receive the Sight. The Sight comes young to the Clayr; in fact, Lirael is the oldest person without it, and, on her birthday, she doesn’t think she can face celebrating another person’s Awakening. Her adventures, once she decides to move on without it, take up much of the book, which takes place in a magical world with a villainous Necromancer, who raises the Dead to fight on his side. Another wonderful installment in this series, for 16 and up due to violence and creepiness.

Newt’s Emerald, by Garth Nix


Since this book was endorsed by one of my favorite authors, Gail Carriger, I got it from the library and dove right in. What fun! An Austenesque adventure story, featuring Lady Truthful, who goes to London at age 18 seeking the return of her family’s stolen emerald. I liked her right off since she had three male cousins, and they were all great friends. Yay for heroines with male friends who are not romantically inclined. And yay for all that ensues: women disguised as men, men with false identities, pistol-waving villains, evil sorcery, and heroines who help themselves out of trouble due to their skill aboard ship. And, to top it off, a really fun romance where both parties save each other. Highly recommended for 14 and up.