Rating: 1-5: (5=starred review) 4.5
What did you like about the book? In alternating chapters, two stories draw towards convergence. One storyline follows Lirael, the Abhorsen-in-Waiting as she meets up again with Nicholas Sayre, a unique man who contains within himself Free Magic controlled and bound by the Charter. The second story is Ferin’s. She has escaped her fate of being sacrificed to the Witch With No Face and must overcome insurmountable dangers travelling from the Far North to deliver an important message to Lirael. Action-filled chapters feature bravery, sacrifice, and cliff-hanger endings. Though it can be read on its own, the story makes more sense when read in conjunction with the rest of the series. This series finale has been a long time in the making; Nix wrote the first books in the Abhorsen series twenty years ago.
Anything you didn’t like about it? Readers who read the initial books in the series when they were written years ago might struggle to remember all the people and events.
To whom would you recommend this book? Recommended for fantasy and adventure lovers, especially fans of the original Abhorsen trilogy.
Who should buy this book? Public libraries and high school libraries.
Where would you shelve it? Shelve with Fantasy or Paranormal.
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes, but only if you enjoyed previous books in the series.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA
Date of review: 12/5/16