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The thing I don't like about this book is how little Sabriel is featured in it. She's so cool and kickass in the first book, and since this one is set much later (about 20 years after the first book) she is grown up and honestly way too good to be a protagonist. It's interesting to hear about her from the other character's POV, but still.
Instead of Sabriel we get two extremely whiny main characters, who are very unhappy with their lots in life, despite being surrounded by (and able to use) magic and other cool shit. What's interesting, though, is that they are both very whiny and ungrateful and yet - AND YET - I do not hate them, I totally sympathize with them. They are called out by other characters or the narrative when their self-pitying grows too large, and they are still interesting characters with agency. It's quite impressive.
Also, that library!!! Fuck, I could read an entire book just set in that library. The settings are just ... *chef's kiss*
After how much everyone loved Sabriel for bedtime story, it was a good thing that I already had this book on the shelves and ready to go. The whole family really liked this one as well.
Structured a bit similarly to Sabriel in that there is a lot of world-building and setup and then just when it almost feels a bit draggy it explodes into action, and then everything after that takes place in a startlingly small stretch of time. The Clayr and the library are so fascinating, the Disreputable Dog so enjoyable, Lirael herself so relatable. She's such a great character who feels so overlooked and unimportant, and then, of course, grows to be immensely powerful.
So glad my friend introduced this series to me!
Im very happy to find this somewhat older series full of twists and turns and every enjoyable. Also I love the dog.
Edit: wanted to add a warning for a suicide attempt near start of book, and then talk of it later on.
This series is beautifully written and the characters are deeply compelling. There is definitely a dark element to these books but it is written in such a way that it is not overly disturbing. Despite the fantastical elements I find the characters to be extremely believable.
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When a dangerous necromancer threatens to unleash a long-buried evil, Lirael and Prince Sameth are drawn into a battle to save the Old Kingdom and reveal their true destinies.
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Classificació Decimal de Dewey (DDC)823.914Literature English & Old English literatures English fiction Modern Period 1901-1999 1945-1999
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I didn't enjoy this one as much as I did Sabriel. But I like where it's going and am really looking forward to Abhorsen. ( )