This is a part of a book meme by Bookshelf Fantasies.
Author: Garth Nix
Length: 368 pages
What It’s About(from Goodreads): 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.
How I got it: I picked it up on my first ever trip to the legendary Parnassus Books in Nashville (hopefully the first of many!), and unfortunately, Garth Nix had been in store doing a reading and signing six days before I got there, but on the bright side, my copy is signed!
When I got it: last year, so, 2016.
Why I want to read it: Shocking probably no one, Nix’s Abhorsen Chronicles is a book series that pretty much saved my life as a teenager. I started my read of the series with Lirael, which I found at the exact time I needed it. I’ve been OBSESSED with the series since (so that’s about…13 years of being a weird fangirl who loves necromancers), and even though Clariel was highly disappointing for me, I have such high hopes for my darling Remembrancer!