Lirael (The Abhorsen Trilogy, #2)
By: Garth Nix
My Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Huh. There are a lot of people who really love this book.
Obviously I missed something.
I found the plot tedious…which is understandable because NOTHING HAPPENS. I kept holding out for some big resolution at the end that would explain the adulation–but no. Nothing.
The characters are idiots…which explains why I wanted to PUNCH THEM IN THE FACE. I held on because I thought once they moved through their development arc their heroic moment would bring payoff–but it never came. They actually got worse.
There is an interesting story here, and I suspect this is why the book has fans. I also get the impression that book 2 and book 3 are probably more like one book, so the resolution to the grand story arc I was looking for probably doesn’t come until the end of book three.
I’m going to give this a positive recommendation for young people. It’s an adventure, has some complexity, and is unique. The writing is adequate. I know some teens who will probably love it.
For myself and other like-minded folks…I couldn’t wait to be finished with it. I don’t even care to read book 3.
But what do I know?