Who wrote this book and when?
Garth Nix wrote this book and published this in 2003.

Has there been a film version?
No, but I sure wish someone would make a movie out of this series.

Who are the main characters?
Lirael – a Daughter of the Clayr and Abhorsen in waiting
Prince Sameth – Sabriel and Touchstone’s son, a Wallmaker, and a Prince of the Old Kingdom
Nick Sayre – Sam’s best friend from Ancelstierre, he’s being used as a mouthpiece of the Destroyer
Mogget – a Free Magic creature bound to serve the Abhorsen, he has a shady past
The Disreputable Dog – Lirael’s best friend who is a talking dog of unknown origin
Hedge – an evil necromancer who is serving the Destroyer and in a way is controlling Nick
Chlorr – A former Abhorsen who is now one of the more powerful Greater Dead, she is controlled by Hedge

What’s it about?
This is basically the second half of the previous book, “Lirael.” We pick up where it left off – in the Abhorsen house on the river which is being beseiged by Dead Hands under the control of Chlorr. Lirael has been informed she is an Abhorsen in Waiting as well as a Rememberancer, and Sam is a Wallmaker. Together with the Disreputable Dog and the mysterious Mogget, they will have to find a way to rescue Sam’s friend, Nick, from doing something horrendous – unearthing an ancient evil that will destroy the world. Beyond that, they will have to find a way to defeat both Chlorr and Hedge…and possibly the Destroyer himself.

Why is this book a classic/bestseller?
It’s the final part of the Old Kingdom Trilogy and some of the best fantasy literature out there.

Do you recommend I read this book?
Yes – very much so.

How did this book make your list?
I wanted to finish out the series.

Has it won any awards?
No.

Favorite quotes:
“‘That is only the fourth-most stupid plan I have ever heard from an Abhorsen,’ replied Mogget, “I like the part about sleeping for a while, though you neglected to mention dinner.'” – p 114

Personal thoughts:
Although “Sabriel” is still my favorite book in this trilogy, that isn’t saying so much considering how great the rest of the books are. This final piece is nearly nonstop action and, while it doesn’t include many path-changing surprises like the first two, it’s still great reading. There are more than enough adversaries for the protagonists to deal with, not to mention a subplot including Sabriel (my favorite character). While there are still questions left over at the conclusion, Nix does a good job of answering some pressing questions – including the true identities of Mogget and the Disreputable Dog. He also gives us some more insight on the founding of the Charter and its nature. And of course, since it’s from Nix, you wish that there was another book in the series (although there is a collection of short stories) just because you like the characters and the universe so much.

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