Book blogger, audiobook lover and shamelessly honest reviewer. Mostly read fantasy, mystery, romance, UF and YA but all genres welcome.
Lirael is really a long (and sometimes boring) setup for book 3, introducing the two characters that will confront a terrible evil that wants to resurface: Lirael, a daughter of the Clayr and Prince Sameth, Sabriel's and Touchstone's son. For most of the book both are confronted with predestined futures which one doesn't want and the other really wants but seemingly won't have.
Neither character was particularly likeable, specially Lirael, who was continually whining about how she wouldn't get the sight and wanted to belong, but never tried to form a connection with other people. She was constantly wrapped up in her own self-pity, to the point where she wouldn't listen what people told her. At one point, she's told she has an important mission to accomplish and she thinks: 'they're kicking me out!' (Yes, she was that infuriating.)
Then Sam was the type to hide his head in the sand. He doesn't confront his problems and is constantly thinking on the best way to keep safe at the time when there's a lot of tumult in the Kingdom and as a Prince, he should know his responsibilities. At least he has an excuse though, because at the beginning of the book he suffers a traumatic episode that leaves him out of sorts. He's also entrusted a big responsibility without any guidance from Sabriel - which by the way, turned out to be a terrible mother...she's out all the time Sam is recuperating and the only time she sees him, she meets him en famille and doesn't even talk to him in private to figure out how he's doing.
The best part of the book are Mogget and the Disreputable Dog which put both Sam & Lirael in their place when they get too tiresome.
Tim Curry kicked ass with the narration like the previous book. The parts where he was portraying the evil spirit were really scary.
At least the book ended with Lirael and Sam knowing what their future holds for them so I really hope they don't get on my nerves in book 3.(less)