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The long-awaited fifth installment in Garth Nix’s New York Times bestselling Old Kingdom series, for readers who enjoy series by Rae Carson, Kristin Cashore, Scott Westerfeld, and Cassandra Clare.
Goldenhand takes place six months after the events of Abhorsen and follows the novella Nicholas Sayre and the Creature in the Case, which is featured in Across the Wall.
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. On a dangerous journey, Lirael returns to her childhood home, the Clayr’s Glacier, where she was once a Second Assistant Librarian. There, a young woman from the distant North brings her a message from her long-dead mother, Arielle. It is a warning about the Witch with No Face. But who is the Witch, and what is she planning? Lirael must use her new powers to save the Old Kingdom from this great danger—and it must be forestalled not only in the living world but also in the cold, remorseless river of Death.
From Publishers Weekly
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Definitely worth the read for Old Kingdom fans
I just finished Goldenhand, and while I enjoyed it, I'm not sure I would say it lives up to the first three books in the Old Kingdom series. Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen and collectively the best series I have ever read, and I would give each five stars easily. Goldenhand, on the other hand (must be the non-golden one), feels somewhat hurried and drawn out at the same time. I found myself wishing some parts would go faster but at the end, I thought it needed at least 50 more pages.
Goldenhand reads best not as a standalone book, but as a conclusion of the events that are setup in Clariel, which is a prequel set hundreds of years before Goldenhand. My advice is to definitely read Clariel before reading Goldenhand and think of it as a single story.