Third in the Abhorsen Trilogy
Finished: Jan. 20, 2008
Reason for Reading: next in the series. Series Challenge
First Published: 2003
Genre: YA, fantasy
Fog rose from the river, great billows of white weaving into the soot and smoke of the city of Corvere, to become the hybrid thing that the more popular newspapers called smog and the Times "miasmic fog."
Comments: The last book in the Abhorsen trilogy starts the moment after the second book ends. This is mostly a quest story as Lirael and Prince Sameth travel to save the world from the Destroyer. The prologue ends with a shocker that took me quite a few chapters to come to terms with and then I settled down into the journey part of the story. The journey lasts three-quarters of book and I found that at times it lagged and seemed overlong. The action did pick up around the halfway point though and the last 200 hundred pages were page-turners for me. Not quite so good as the second book, which is the best of the three in my opinion. A very satisfying ending that completes the trilogy nicely yet leaves one wanting more. Recommended.
I've recently come to learn that Garth Nix has the go ahead for two more books in this series. He will have a prequel which takes place many years before the trilogy and deals with Chlorr of the Mask and will be called "Clariel". The estimated date is 2010. Then in 2011 he will have a book which will follow the trilogy and is yet unnamed. I am so excited about this!
Finally, this is my last book in the trilogy and the first series I have completed for the Series Challenge. There is one more related story I will be reading as there is a novella which takes place in the Old Kingdom. Since I am almost finished my current short story book, my next book will be "Across the Wall", a collection of short stories and the above mentioned novella.