Author: Garth Nix
Year of Publication: 2005 (UK).
Publisher: Harper Collins Children’s Books (UK).
Format: Available in paperback, an ebook, and an audiobook.
Cost for Paperback (RRP): £6.99 (UK).
Age Range: I suggest from about 10 up, if you’re younger than this I suggest asking your parents first.
This book is the third book in a series called The Old Kingdom.
With our young heroes’ clueless as how to fulfil their destiny, they rely more and more on the Disreputable Dog, and the bound Free Magic creature Mogget trapped as a cat. But with Lirael wondering even more about the true origins of her best friend Dog, and a deep mistrust of the cat Mogget, their path is just as unclear as it always has been.
The pair escape the clutches of Chlorr of the Mask, and set out in a race to rescue Sam’s friend Nick and discover what the future has in store for them. When they find him, Dog’s worst fears are confirmed as they discover that the Necromancer controlling Nick is trying to set free an ancient power who will destroy everything in it’s path.
In the end Lirael accepts her place in the world, and knows the sacrifice that must be made to keep evil at bay. But life, and death, have plans of their own it seems, and the story continues to twist and turn in unexpected ways.
This book is another masterpiece from Garth Nix, and this has become one of those series that I never want to end.
The next book in the series is called Across The Wall.
“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” Marilyn Monroe.