Garth Nix: Goldenhand



O Ultimately does it matter that it isn t perfect No So there you go If you like me love the original series and you have been worried about this book you may now proceed to reading or not reading it accordingly For further helpful information and slight spoilers and some not so slight spoilers as well which I will of course spoiler tag because I m not an asshole see below Goldenhand picks up about eight months after the events of Abhorsen Lirael is officially the Abhorsen in Waiting and lives with her half sister Sabriel s family in the capital city of the Old Kingdom Belisaere Her nephew Sam has crafted for her a golden hand made from Charter magic to replace the one she lost in the binding of Orannis but she is still deeply feeling the loss of her friend the Disreputable Dog and the one person she feels can really understand her Nicholas Sayre is living in Ancelstierre Nick decided not to travel to the Old Kingdom after the events of Abhorsen despite invitations from Sabriel and Sam The events of Goldenhand actually dovetail with the events of the novelette The Creature in the Case that Nix wrote several years ago you can find it in his short story collection Across the Wall That story is told from Nick s POV and ends with Nick meeting Lirael again which happens about sixty pages into Goldenhand If you ve read that story and you should because it s an effective piece of fantasy horror it s fun to contrast Nick s feeling on the events with Lirael s For him seeing her again is the end of one story but the beginning of another It s a very hopeful ending For Lirael seeing Nick again is ust the start of things she ll need to deal with by the end of the bookAnd now for some spoilers If you read Clariel last year and it puzzled you as much as it puzzled me it might make sense for you to know that this book is all about view spoilerfinally defeating Chlorr of the Mask aka Clariel the lost Abhorsen She was presumed dead after Abhorsen but it turns out only her physical body was destroyed and she s causing major trouble up north I was puzzled by Clariel because it was purportedly the story of how Clariel became Chlorr but it didn t turn out to be that at all That book felt like it was trying to be too many things and didn t succeed at any of them It wanted her to be a hero but it also wanted her to be a villain or rather an eventual villain It stopped Charming the Firefighter (In Shady Grove, just short of the interesting stuff It makes sense now that Clariel was on Nix s mind though since the real end of her story is featured in this book and it s resonant if you ve read Clariel This book doesn t do much legwork making ClarielChlorr much of a three dimensional character her characterization here is actually pretty shallow if you veust read the main series and this one hide spoiler For everyone and everything there is a time to die 35 stars I ve thoroughly enjoyed reading the Old Kingdom series though I must admit this last instalment didn t blow me away as some of the others did It was enjoyable and I loved that all our favourite characters are back Lirael Sabriel Touchstone Sam as well as some new faces It took a while for the plot to start it involved a free magic creature accidentally brought alive by Nicholas Sayre and Lirael s removal of said creature From there she takes Nick to her childhood home of the Clayr those who have the sight and can see the future Meanwhile a young girl from one of the Northern Clans is sent a message to take to Lirael one she is told is of the upmost importance and from someone close to Lirael Naturally her ourney is fraught with difficulties and dangers and once delivered to Lirael she and Nick must face a powerful enemy one it was thought had been defeated previously Maybe this series was too long Maybe a fifth book wasn t needed as the third one ended so powerfully There was a fair bit of focus on the romance which is something I m not interested in and has never really been a theme in the other books Also the theme of time travel was used which is also something I don t like so that didn t help Like I said I still enjoyed it and will keep it for rereads but compared to the first three books it pales in comparison 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 kept my attention and excitement for the 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 ust 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 Everwar (Cal Leandros, 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 A few years ago I re read the Old Kingdom trilogy after forgetting almost all of it from my younger years I was mildly disappointed to say the least but presumably that was merely from growing up Clariel the preuel to that trilogy came and went without so much of a ripple and that world seemed too far away for me to care any Goldenhand takes place almost directly after the Old Kingdom ends once again following Lirael and her family When you first pick this up you feel the familiarity of the Charter Magic and unlike in Clariel it does not leave youThere seemed an atmosphere I did not remember in the original trilogy in this book It is uick paced and allows you to delve deeply in to this world very well bringing the memories of the other tales back with it It is an odd feeling particularly if you have pretty much dismissed a series because you have outgrown it Goldenhand in a way follows Clariel even if it is set some 600 years after The first half of the novel is rich with Charter Magic and Free Magic and builds the world that we knew so well before up and up It seemed wonderful to be back there again in a place that was terribly foggy from passing years and growing up We meet the characters we loved in the original trilogy and even meet the ones we possibly despised But the atmosphere of magic was there as was the familiarity of it allHowever as the book moved along and the romance between Lirael and Nick whilst not unwelcome felt forced and overly done It felt clumsy and uite frankly childish Lirael and Nick may be young but the ridiculous manner of their romance was too much It plunged this magical book in to the realms of cheesy YA and that was a very unfortunate thing to happenAnd yet having said that if you remove the clumsy romance and the fairly dreary way in which the book seemed to peter out we have a very lovely wholly encompassing ending that I feel is the most fitting to this whole series We see what happens when Lirael returns to the Clayr and their glacier and we feel the magic once again It s a nice ending but not too strong Perhaps it is one or two books too manyI feel rightly or wrongly so that the Old Kingdom trilogy would be much better if Nix wrote it now With his years of experience in life as well as in writing it would be the series that you can see the potential of it being Of course that is neither here nor there and it is what it is Some things areust better left where they are 21816GUYS THERE S A TITLE A RELEASE DATE 72215 LIRAEL AND NICK ARE DESTINED TO BE TOGETHER 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 known 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 ourney 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 I have very mixed feelings about Goldenhand First things first Sabriel is my favorite book and has been since I first read it in middle school I am now 28 and. Lirael knows the blood that runs in her veins and her true powers She also knows 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.

I have reread Sabriel and the original Old Kingdom Trilogy times than I can count I was somewhat disappointed with Clariel but was excited to hear that we would be revisiting the Old Kingdom and our beloved characters in Go Popsugar challenge 31 A book with gold silver or bronze in the title45 The first few steps in Death were often the most important the test to see who was stronger Abhorsen or river This book follows immediately after the novellaThe Creature in the Case Lirael finds Nick on the Wall and they set out together back to the Old Kingdom Nick s situation is uite complicated because he contains Free Magic in his body and is sealed for now by Charter Magic so Lirael thinks it is better to take him to the glacial with the Clayr where historians and healers can diagnose heal or decide if Nick turns out to be too dangerous for everyoneWe get a glimpse of how life has been for Lirael in Belisaere so far and how she still struggles to find her place in the world She regrets being recognized as a relative of the king and ueen although for the first time she has a family Ellimere looks like the typical princess and Sameth is far and away the genius of the family But they were all a very work obsessed family Or maybe that should be responsibility obsessed Lirael thought She was too she supposed but when there weren t Dead creatures to battle or Free Magic entities to be bound or some immediate problem to face only the ordinary social interactions of normal people she didn t know what to doMeanwhile we see what is happening to a nomad Ferin who carries an urgent message to Lirael being persecuted and going through many vicissitudes This change of POV with the chapters too short took me out of the flow of the action of the characters during the best and is somewhat annoying Ferin is a young woman a warrior very direct and matter in fact We sympathize with her and fear for her tooI have not read a book in this saga for a long time and I was surprised to see the importance of women leaders in this world And not only among the Clayr with their entirely female society it is not clear to me if they only have daughters or not Lirael here has one of those can you go home moments Maybe there is a lot of fan service after all hahaAnd well as for romance better not to mention that I hardly know you but we live moments of immense danger so we are destined forever Oo kayIn this book several open threads that started in other works are resolved One of the Big Dead has a plan and various forces must be put in motion at a bad time to try to stop it It s great to see Abhorsen and co Family and friends get together A pity yes we hardly see my dear Mogget one of the most endearing characters of fantasy for meNix is forgiven here even those deux is machina BUT One thing that caught my attention and to which I believe I had not previously paid due attention was that about Orannis as a destroyer of worlds because here we readers find ourselves so there in the far north there is such a view spoilernon existent place of life It even lacks oxygen How is that I mean my imagination remains busy is it another dimension Can magic do that I mean a demarcation between one area and another without air 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 key 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 return 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 December 2016 I have so much thoughts right now So I will ask myself uestions and then answer them This is a good way to trick yourself into writing things when you don t know what to write aboutFirst is this a worthy successor to the original Abhorsen trilogy which is one of my favorite fantasy series Yes Is it everything I wanted from a seuel No Did I even know what I wanted from it Weeeeelll yes and no Is it a perfect book D by Nicholas Sayre and a young mountain nomad Lirael goes on a dangerous ourney 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.

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