Abhorsen #3 by Garth Nix Review


Spoilers from Lireal!!

The Ninth was strong and fought with might
But lone Orannis was put out of the light
Broken in two and buried under hill
Forever to lie there, wishing us ill.

So says the song. But Orannis, the Destroyer, is no longer buried under hill. It has been freed from its subterranean prison and now seeks to escape the silver hemispheres, the final barrier to the unleashing of its terrible powers.

Only Lirael, newly come into her inheritance as the Abhorsen-in-Waiting, has any chance of stopping the Destroyer. She and her companions — Sam, the Disreputable Dog, and Mogget — have to take that chance. For the Destroyer is the enemy of all Life, and it must be stopped, though Lirael does not know how.

To make matters worse, Sam’s best friend, Nick, is helping the Destroyer, as are the necromancer Hedge and the Greater Dead Chlorr, and there has been no word from the Abhorsen Sabriel or King Touchstone.

Everything depends upon Lirael. A heavy, perhaps even impossible burden for a young woman who just days ago was merely a Second Assistant Librarian. With only a vision from the Clayr to guide her, and the rather mixed help of her companions, Lirael must search in both Life and Death for some means to defeat the Destroyer.

A great continuation from Lireal where they continue there adventure by rescuing Sam’s friend Nikolas from the Destroyer with only a clayr’s vision to guide her. In my opinion I find Abhorsen to be more enjoyable than the previous two, while I still love Sabriel and Lireal they do take a while to be introduce and to understand their background and their characteristics to be able to continue with the story, so I am happy that Garth Nix decided to continue with Lireal, Sam, Mogget and Disreputable Dog.

I want to start with the two animal companions as they are may favourite characters. First of, I love talking animals and how they show their characteristics through their words and their actions, for example: Disreputable Dog shows she is loyal, faithful and willing to help Lireal with her knowledge of charter marks and Free Magic while Mogget is snarky, sarcastic and lazy like an actual cat.

As for Lireal, she makes a brilliant female protagonist, especially for an Abhorsen-in-training, having the responsibility of trying to save the world along with Sam, Sabriel’s son who would do whatever it takes to help Lireal, get to his family and save his friend Nikolas.

Overall the story flows nicely with lots of action, plot twists and fantastic characters. I definitely want to know more about this amazing fantasy world.



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