Goldenhand, Garth Nix – Readalong

Hello Humans! I know it’s been a while since we’ve had a readalong and I’m sorry, I’ve been focussed on whittling down my ARCs and my owned TBR has suffered as a result. But since this weekend is a long weekend I’ve got some time for some ‘reckless’ reading and I’ve finally cracked the cover (that’s a metaphor – I have the Kindle edition) of Goldenhand.

Goodreads Summary:Goldenhand

For everyone and everything there is a time to die.

Lirael is no longer a shy Second Assistant Librarian. She is the Abhorsen-in-Waiting, with Dead creatures to battle and Free Magic entities to bind. She’s also a Remembrancer, wielder of the Dark Mirror. Lirael lost one of her hands in the binding of Orannis, but now she has a new hand, one of gilded steel and Charter Magic.

When Lirael finds Nicholas Sayre lying unconscious after being attacked by a hideous Free Magic creature, she uses her powers to save him. But Nicholas is deeply tainted with Free Magic. Fearing it will escape the Charter mark that seals it within his flesh and bones, Lirael seeks help for Nick at her childhood home, the Clayr’s Glacier.

But even as Lirael and Nick return to the Clayr, a young woman from the distant North braves the elements and many enemies in a desperate attempt to deliver a message to Lirael from her long-dead mother, Arielle. Ferin brings a dire warning about the Witch With No Face. But who is the Witch, and what is she planning?

Once more a great danger threatens the Old Kingdom, and it must be forestalled not only in the living world but also in the cold, remorseless river of Death.

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Chapter One – Ten

Every time I come back to this world I’m reminded how much I love the setting. I’m obsessed with the magic system(s). I desperately want to craft a bell bandolier for cosplay purposes sometime (maybe it could be rejigged to hold snacks). That’s still my favourite aspect of this book so far, but I’m loving the old characters returning and the addition of a new character who seems very interesting. The real plot has yet to fully reveal itself at 25% of the way in but it’s early days yet and I’m getting a bit of an inkling about what might happen. All I need is the dog back and I’ll be fully happy. More dog.

Chapter Eleven – Twenty

I honestly never thought I’d encounter rule 34 in a fantasy book itself – it’s not what you think but it did make me chuckle. Things are moving on apace in both storylines with battles in one and puzzles and challenges in the other. This book manages to have the characters do the creative lateral thinking that is one of my favourite things to find in books so I’m a very happy bunny at present. I’m enjoying Nicholas’ development from Abhorsen to this book and then throughout this story, I really disliked him in previous books but here I’m warming to the poor useless boy.

Chapter Twenty-One – Thirty

Ah the threads of the story are coming together and it becomes apparent what this has all been leading up to. I’m not always the biggest fan of prophecies and visions as I think they can be a little deus ex machina sometimes but in the context of the old kingdom, they really work. What is particularly interesting is that you don’t feel like Nix wastes anything. Everything he’s put into this world from book one has some meaning and significance even four books later. It works and it makes everything tie together in a satisfying way. I’m not always the best at staying engaged in big battle sequences so we’ll see how this last quarter goes.

Chapter Thirty-One – End

A good ending! A fabulous ending! Maybe a tiny bit twee right at the end but for the most part exactly what I needed. I now need to go back and read Clariel and at that point, I think I’ve finally finished this fabulous series, it’s only taken me two years!

Final Verdict

I didn’t think I’d like this, I thought I’d be fed up with this world by now, that things would feel stale and finished. But actually, this book was pretty amazing. I loved the characters, old and new, there was just enough balance between callbacks to previous books and new threads of the story to follow. If you liked the first books in this series I’d definitely recommend reading it.

My rating: 4/5 stars

I bought this book myself, all opinions are my own.

What will the TBR jar pick next?

The Glass Spare

The Glass Spare was another one of those impulse purchases I quite frequently make when I visit Foyles – not sure what to expect with this one but definitely excited to find out!

Stay tuned for my next readalong coming soon. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

J

 

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