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Eturn of Lirael is a nice touchUnlike some series books Goldenhand doesn t work well as a standalone in my opinion I recommend reading the original trilogy before picking this up My rating 45 stars I enjoyed Goldenhand much than Clariel and hope the author revisits this world soon This books does lend itself towards the YA side of fantasy so don t expect A Song of Fire and Ice level of violence or darkness 35 stars I wanted to love this I really really did I mean I ve been obsessed with this series since I was 12 and I m now 33 And I think in part that was WHY I didn t love it Don t get me wrong I basically lost my shit when I saw there was a new Old Kingdom book coming out But I think I had SUCH HIGH EXPECTATIONS for it that this could never actually meet them What I wanted was LiraelNick lots of encounters with the dead and plenty of fun times with characters that I ve nown and loved for years And in part that s what I got But frankly there was a lot running for our lives and go on a journey to save the Kingdom stuff than there was anything else and frankly It felt a little repetitive view spoilerAnd where the hell were the dead There were like two scenes with dead things in them Womp hide spoiler GoldenhandNote For an explanation of my Goodreads policy please see hereAnyone who hasn t read Sabriel the beginning of the Old Kingdom books by Garth Nix is missing out I consider reading it during the years I was trying to break in to be one of the fundamental experiences that helped me shape my philosophy on magic systems and worldbuildingNeedless to say I love the magic and worldbuilding of these books though perhaps someday I ll do a review of Sabriel itself and delve into what I love about the worldbuilding in these books This review is about Goldenhand a later installment book five I believe though one of those is a preuel in the series I found it to be an excellent continuationI m impressed that Mr Nix has ept my attention and excitement for the series over all these years doling out new volumes carefully and expanding the magic system at a controlled rate And introducing new characters to become the new viewpoints as others close their arcs I feel he s added good flourishes here and there to give the magic depth but never let it spiral away from him as was the. D by Nicholas Sayre and a young mountain nomad Lirael goes on a dangerous journey across the steppe and into the mountains to see for herself There Lirael discovers the future Arielle saw long ago that is now coming to pass Chlorr has gathered the clans to attack the unsuspecting Old Kin.
Potential at any given point For WritersOne highlight for me in this book involved Mr Nix s continued ability to introduce compelling characters with a variety of backgrounds Pay attention to how he gives strong but different motives to the primary players and how he uickly establishes those motives and eeps them central to each character s through lineI also admire his ability to write a young adult series that is firmly secondary world fantasy with challenging worldbuilding and politics while still eeping the narrative focused on younger characters maintaining the feel that this is correctly shelved in teen I think the character motivations the sense that these are people still searching for their exact place in the world is part of what makes this workFinally I would suggest a study of Mr Nix s pacing methods Sabriel was the first fantasy novel I can remember that used a intense thriller style method of pacing I see this in the works of Jim Butcher and Brent Weeks as wellNotice how Mr Nix writes this book to encompass a relatively short period of time with constant motion and action He uses freuent cuts between viewpoints to deemphasize downtime increase tension and propel the story He also consistently employs small chapter end hooks that are freuently resolved in the early pages of the next chapter using them to bridge chapter and character breaks I m not always a fan of this style of cliffhanger as it can wear thin by the end of a book but they work very well with the format and structure of this bookThe Short VersionHere s what I sent the publisher as a blurb for the book Garth Nix is one of the best worldbuilders in fantasy and this book is merely further proof I love the Old Kingdom series and Goldenhand is an excellent continuation packed with the excitement and passion of a storytelling virtuoso at the height of his abilities Highly recommended for anyone Sabriel the first in the series is one of my go to suggestions as I feel it does a large number of things very well and has a broad appeal for a wide variety of readers Rating NotesI noticed no content in this book reuiring specific warningBias NotesI have met Mr Nix several times at conventions and we are on friendly terms I received this book for free from his publisher who was pursuing a cover blurb. Gdom The only way Lirael and her companions can stop the attack is to find Chlorr’s original better human self Clariel Only Clariel has been asleep for centuries beyond the Great Rift Lirael must reach her and help her go beyond the Ninth Gate to die the final Death before it is too la.
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This book is VASTLY better than Clariel Clariel was very flat and unsympathetic as a character in my opinion She rarely did anything but whine and complain about generally everything around her and she acted in a manner that I find very hard to like very flippant and often mean spirited toward others and she was very selfish and self involved rarely caring at all about other people except to comment on how annoying she found their interruptions into her inner emo monologue Without a decent character for the story to center on everything else just sort of fell apart It also didn t help that very little happened in the book until about the 23 mark I found much of the book boring and stripped of everything that made other books in the series so magical because of it This book is about characters I care about who are interesting and sympathetic Right off the bat it s a better book just for that one thing Is it as good as the original trilogy Yes and no Yes because Garth Nix has obviously improved his skills as a writer in the time since Abhorsen was released This book is very well written and there are a lot of little writing technicalities that he uses to very good effect The new character Ferin was interesting fun and likable and her introduction and storyline was woven very well into the story Old favorites returned though I d have liked to see of Mogget Elemiere Sam view spoiler and the Disreputable Dog hide spoiler Goldenhand is a continuation of the Old Kingdom lore popularised in Sabriel It s a uniue fantasy setting which delves into the land of the dead to traverse the living a great concept consistently maintained throughout the seriesBuilding on the structure of the series to date author Garth Nix expands his fictional world to introduce new ey characters Ferin and harsh landscapes there s an oxygen starved canyon which gives the series a deeper feel and paves the way for future stories centered around environs not previously exploredThere s a nostalgic feel to Goldenhand a return to the original trilogy with the plot centered around a small cast of characters a dangerous world changing threat and a strong nod to continuity which makes me want to re read the other books Lirael book 2 and Clariel book 4 in particular Ferin is a great character and the strong Lirael Gold Rush knows the blood that runs in her veins and her true powers She alsonows that Chlorr of the Mask has been conspiring with the clans of the steppe from a message she’s received from her long dead mother Arielle But no one else believes that nomads can be a real threat Accompanie.
Garth Nix ✓ 6 Summary
Garth Nix was born in 1963 in Melbourne Australia to the sound of the Salvation Army band outside playing 'Hail the Conuering Hero Comes' or possibly 'Roll Out the Barrel' Garth left Melbourne at an early age for Canberra the federal capital and stayed there till he was nineteen when he left to drive around the UK in a beat up Austin with a boot full of books and a Silver Reed typewriterDe