Lirael takes too long to grow the character into adulthood. But its a necessary read betwewen Sabriel and Abhorsen. Listen and move on - Abhorssen is better - moves faster and all the plot lines started here resolve.
Perhaps my favorite fantasy series ever. Some trilogies lag in their second installment, but I enjoy this book thoroughly every time I do a re-read (or listen) of the series. While Lireal and Sam's angst does become trying at times, I find it realistic to the ages and situations that their characters inhabit.
It's a very unique and creative setting and I love the character development. Also very interesting blend of magic, science and suspense. The narrator is very versatile and has good inflection.
read them in high school, loved them then, love them now. This review needs to be 20 words, that is it
I've been deeply in love with the Old Kingdom series since I was 11 years old, and after 17(!)years of reading it over and over as it evolves, it still amazes me at how thorough and uncondescending the writing is, especially for a young adult series. Every detail is important, and every character is a fully fleshed out person. The fact that Little is a socially awkward teenage girl who has experienced enormous interpersonal trauma is clear and an important part of her characterization, but the author doesn't hammer away at it or make her helpless and indecisive. It makes her likeable and relatable.
Tim Curry's narration is pretty much perfect. He captures the humour and the sinister undercurrent that I loved so much as a kid and can appreciate even more as an adult.
Definitely a fun adventure, this being the 2nd book of this trilogy really pushes the story up and beyond what I expected. Already I've downloaded the next one and am getting ready to dive into it!