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Book 5, The Old Kingdom

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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

Jul 18, 2016 – Nix returns to the Old Kingdom with a solid addition to his popular series. Lirael is now Abhorsen-in-Waiting, a far cry from the lowly Second Assistant Librarian she once was. Her older sister, the Abhorsen Sabriel, has trained her in the use of the dangerous magical bells that control the dead. She has been to the land of Death, survived losing a hand, received a magical replacement, and fallen in love. Now the Old Kingdom seems peaceful, just the time for Sabriel and King Touchstone to take a vacation, leaving Lirael in charge. Unfortunately, the ancient, evil Chlorr of the Mask has secretly raised a sorcerous army and is poised to strike. Only by leaving the Kingdom and crossing the Great Rift to a place with neither Charter Magic nor air, can Lirael and her new crush destroy the descending evil. Lirael is a complex character, both bold warrior and lovesick teenager, and the Old Kingdom remains a fascinating fantasy realm. Longtime readers will appreciate cameo appearances by Mogget and the Disreputable Dog, two of the series' oddest and most endearing characters. Ages 13 up.

Customer Reviews

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.

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  • $10.99
  • Level: Eighth Grade
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fantasy
  • Published: Oct 04, 2016
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Print Length: 368 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 5, The Old Kingdom
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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