Hello Humans! Those who read my readalong for Elantris will have seen this coming, those that didn’t – surprise! I actually listened to the first two books in this series Sabriel and Lirael on audiobook so this is my first read of a book in the Abhorsen series and I’m very excited. I’m actually battling with some side effects to some new medication today so I’m looking forward to just relaxing with my Kindle and getting a book finished. Join me as I read my way through the third book in the Abhorsen series.
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.
Before it is too late. . . .
I’d kind of forgotten how wonderful the worldbuilding is in these books. There’s something incredibly rich and at the same time very simplistic about it. You get the sense while reading, that you’re just scratching the surface of much deeper lore. I find that to be one of my favourite things in fantasy, that sense that if you asked an author to give you more detail about even the smallest and most insignificant thing they would be able to do it.
But yes, we’re back with all our familiar characters from Lirael, my favourite is obviously the disreputable dog. But yes, without the strange ‘do I romance you oh no wait we’re related’ feeling that I got from Lirael I’m enjoying her and Sameth’s relationship (friendship – I should say) a lot more.
There’s certainly some weird stuff going on, and it would seem to be pretty dangerous – and I, for one, am ready.
Again, nice, quick reading, lots of cool details. More intrigue and dramatic irony (my favourite) and I’m very excited to spend some more time across the wall, something that you don’t get in Lirael.
These are interesting books, because they kind of read like older middle grade books, but they deal with some very dark ideas. I know that young Judith would have loved the idea of gore crows and dead hands – but I’ve always been a bit of a spooky child (I blame the fact that I wasn’t allowed to do Halloween as a child so it just burst forth from me year round). I actually think the tone works, it doesn’t feel patronising or anything, it’s just very different to how this story might be written now as opposed to in 2003 when this first published. Trends change.
The Disreputable Dog is still the best, but also – giant owl.
What an ending! No spoilers I promise but that felt like the climax to a superhero movie or something. Loved it, a fabulous way to round of a ‘trilogy’ (I use inverted commas because there are technically two more books in this series, Goldenhand and Clariel but these three work together as a narrative).
There was no romance! Not even a little! I’m so pleased as it’s great to have one example of a great fantasy trilogy where only one book has romance and the other two books are all plot and danger and not kissing and angst (and even the romance in book one is most certainly a minor plot point).
I can totally see this being an amazing film, I’m not surprised no-one has braved making it yet, but the ending is incredibly cinematic.
A great way to end a trilogy, bringing together all the threads and the mythology of the previous books – just wonderful. I will say this book is very light in terms of character development etc. – which I think it because it comes from a time when killing off your main characters wasn’t a ‘brand’ (no shade to authors who do this, but 2003 was another time) and you can decide for yourself whether Garth’s style of writing is for you. For me personally, this was a triumph, I had a great time reading it, I love this world and these characters and I would certainly recommend this series to anyone else who likes a little bit of death in their fiction.
My rating: 4/5 stars
All opinions are my own.
What will the TBR Tea-Cup pick next?
Yay! It’s another Fairyloot read, this time it’s Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Sky. I know next to nothing about this book but I have heard some mixed reports from those who have read it. So, as always I’ll be reading a few ARCs in the meantime but keep your eyes peeled to find out my thoughts on this YA fantasy!
What say you? Have you read the Abhorsen series? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!