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Goldenhand
Goldenhand | Garth Nix
Goldenhand is the long-awaited fifth installment of Garth Nix's New York Times bestselling Old Kingdom series 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, and wielder of the Dark Mirror. 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 and Lirael must seek help for him at her childhood home, the Clayr's Glacier. But even as she returns to the Clayr, a messenger is trying to reach Lirael with a dire warning from her long-dead mother, Arielle, 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.
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annamatopoetry
Goldenhand | Garth Nix
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Overall a nice finish to the series, although Nix still can't write romantic tension or endings to save his life (I believe in the pairing, their relationship just doesn't feel quite earned); at least this one didn't just drop right at the end of the fighting at the last battle. He's a PHENOMENAL world builder, though, and the Charter and Free Magic of the Old Kingdom is great as always, as are the new cultures we get to meet.
Solid YA.

annamatopoetry Hey @Litsy you GOTTA allow more characters for reviews. Double to 1k? 1mo
Litsy A controversial question! 1mo
annamatopoetry @Litsy you can't possibly do a whole book justice in 451 characters! Blurbs and quotes, sure, but not reviews! 1mo
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annamatopoetry
Goldenhand | Garth Nix
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Started my break book, as I took a pause between pre-christmas errands to get a cup of coffee (and rest the Ankle, which was a crankle due to pt earlier today). It's nice reading about Lirael again.

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annamatopoetry
Goldenhand | Garth Nix
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Hey won't you look at that. I didn't even know this book existed until Thursday, but SPL actually had it with only a few holds. Still a gamble whether I'll hand Philip Pullman's second newest before my christmas holiday though.

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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
Goldenhand | Garth Nix
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Throwback to 2016 when I went to a Goldenhand event, won the door prize (unsure where that is currently at, will investigate) where I vowed to reread and catch up with this beautiful series.

Have not quite got around to it yet. Still on the to-do list 😂

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JLaurenceCohen
Goldenhand | Garth Nix

Garth Nix is so good at pacing.

VioletBramble I love all the Abhorsen books. 12mo
Abby2 Me too! 12mo
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JLaurenceCohen
Goldenhand | Garth Nix

I first read Sabriel, the first book in Garth Nix's Abhorsen series when I was thirteen and couldn't put it down. Goldenhand is the fourth installment, and it's as good as the previous three.

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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
Goldenhand | Garth Nix
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Book signing + winning the door prize (a pendant sized Dyrim bell) = 😊

I won this bell pendant 2 years ago! Still haven‘t read it yet.... oops! But I have worn the bell... just not recently because I‘m not entirely sure where it is 😬

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Centique
Goldenhand | Garth Nix
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Finished Number 5 of the Old Kingdom series - man, this series has been such a joy. I love this world, the kick ass heroines, particularly Lirael and the Clayr and their awesome ancient library full of mysterious rooms. Just a perfect rollicking YA fantasy adventure, lots of battles and monsters but never too dark or too light hearted either. I think I‘m going to keep this series as a comforting reread. 😊

Centique If you‘re interested the series starts with 1y
mrsmarch @Centique Did you read Clariel? I was a little underwhelmed by it. 1y
Centique @mrsmarch I liked it but not as much as the first three. I often find prequels and side stories are really for the uber-fans. 1y
mrsmarch @Centique 👍🏻 1y
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VioletBramble
Goldenhand | Garth Nix
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Day 22 #riotgrams #currentread. I'm currently reading Goldenhand, the latest, and hopefully not last, addition to the Abhorsen Chronicles. Lirael's story is my favorite and I'm thrilled to be in her world again. Snacking on watermelon with feta and drinking passion tango tea. Yum

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ozma.of.oz
Goldenhand | Garth Nix
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I feel a little bad that I started out by judging this audiobook for not being read by Tim Curry.

But I did end up getting swept up in this story. Mostly because in between all my rereadings of the series, I forget just how heavily I identify with Lirael. She was a very important character to me when I was in high school. So I may wish there was a little more of her in this story, but still a fantastic addition to the series. 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌑

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AlaMich
Goldenhand | Garth Nix
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Just no. I liked the first three of the series, but the narrator on this is so bad, I just can't keep going. I don't even know what I was feeling about the story (though I didn't get very far into it) because I couldn't get past how awful she was. #pleasestopreadingnow #dnf

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Deborah42
Goldenhand | Garth Nix
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Book five in the Abhorsen series.
The series as a whole is one of the best fantasy series I've ever read, with masterful worldbuilding and a magic system that makes sense, along with compelling characters.

In this installment, a messenger seeks Lirael to deliver a message from her mother about a great battle to come. I'm a little disappointed that Ferin's journey took up so many pages that the rest of the story felt rushed.

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KeepCalmWithBooksAndCoffee
Goldenhand | Garth Nix
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#TBT to the first book I finished in 2017. I saw Garth Nix is in the US and I was reminded how much I loved this book. It really started my reading year off on the right foot. 🎉 I adore this series and I hope this isn't the end!

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Bookrarian
Goldenhand | Garth Nix
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I have loved the Abhorsen books since I first picked up Sabriel at my school book fair many years ago. So happy this series continues.

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SockieLady
Goldenhand | Garth Nix
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Two newest acquisitions. I already have The Shepherd's Crown, but I have the American edition, which doesn't have the beautiful cover art of Paul Kidby. So I just couldn't pass up an opportunity to get the British edition. And an autographed copy of Goldenhand, acquired for me by a friend because I wasn't able to go to the book signing. Yay books!

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Gorgeous and so jealous! 3y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
Goldenhand | Garth Nix
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Yay! The next one is on sale today... I snatched that up so fast!!

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KeepCalmWithBooksAndCoffee
Goldenhand | Garth Nix
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I absolutely loved this book. The characters are fantastic. I was annoyed the chapters switched each chapter but I loved being back in this world. 👍❤😃

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KeepCalmWithBooksAndCoffee
Goldenhand | Garth Nix
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I love this book so so much. #boutofbooks

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KeepCalmWithBooksAndCoffee
Goldenhand | Garth Nix
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Really really enjoying this. I'm annoyed we switch POVs every chapter but really like the story 👍👍👍

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KatieMM
Goldenhand | Garth Nix
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My husband said the Barnes and Noble sales guy enjoyed the eclectic mix of TBR books on my list as they trekked from teen fiction for Goldenhand to literary to mystery/crime :) I am looking forward to reading this one next!

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KeepCalmWithBooksAndCoffee
Goldenhand | Garth Nix
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Now onto Goldenhand. I've started this one a few times but never devoted my whole attention to it. Today is the day! Probably my last read of 2016.

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BookManiac
Goldenhand | Garth Nix

Finished Goldenhand last night and I must say either I hyped myself up to much or something because it wasn't as good as I thought it was going to be. I enjoyed it just not as much as it's predecessors.

Claireluana That's disappointing! I loved sabriel 3y
BookManiac Me too I have probably read Sabriel 6 or 7 times now. Goldenhand was good just not as good as I thought it would be. 3y
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BookManiac
Goldenhand | Garth Nix
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Audible is my bff.

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Court7
Goldenhand | Garth Nix
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I think my favorite of the Old Kingdom books thus far!

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erincb82
Goldenhand | Garth Nix
Mehso-so

Started out promising but completely fell apart. A lot of build up for pretty much no payoff.

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Bokayokay
Goldenhand | Garth Nix
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So, so, excited to take another journey through the Old Kingdom with the most outrageously badass librarians! I will likely wolf it down rather than sleep, not even going to pretend at self control with this series.

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Kestrel_Reads
Goldenhand | Garth Nix
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Book 5 in the Old Kingdom series. I

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erincb82
Goldenhand | Garth Nix

So happy to be back in the Old Kingdom! Definitely want to do an Abhorsen cosplay.

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laurenjames
Goldenhand | Garth Nix
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Balibee146
Goldenhand | Garth Nix
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Very much enjoyed this latest instalment in the Abhorsen series. The ending felt a little rushed - so much more could have been made of the ending - but still a solid read.

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Balibee146
Goldenhand | Garth Nix
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My wee cat came miaow-ing wanting me to come upstairs. Looks like she's starting labour. Trying to finish the last few pages calmly while I keep her company - yikes! #Spook #CallTheMidwife #cantread

RanaElizabeth Good luck! Yay kittens! 🐈🐈🐈 3y
Balibee146 @RanaElizabeth 2 arrived and I had to feliver the first one and get it out of the sack....she worked it out after that. Im so stressed lol 3y
Balibee146 Deliver, even....little kitties are squeaking!! 3y
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Balibee146
Goldenhand | Garth Nix
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Enjoying this much more after a so-so time with Clariel.
Anyone else into the Abhorsen series?

Emory I really need to get back into this series! I read Lirael years ago and loved it. I started Sabriel a few months ago and put it down but I've been thinking about picking it up again soon. 3y
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lilycobalt
Goldenhand | Garth Nix

Books read in October:
(1) The Color Purple, Alice Walker (10/4)
(2) Goldenhand, Garth Nix (10/15)
(3) The Wise Man's Fear, Patrick Rothfuss (10/22)
(4) Another Brooklyn, Jacqueline Woodson (10/27)
(5) The Slow Regard of Silent Things, Patrick Rothfuss (10/29)

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Balibee146
Goldenhand | Garth Nix
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Really enjoying being back in The Old Kingdom....the maps make it look just close enough to Scotland to add an extra layer of enjoyment.

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Balibee146
Goldenhand | Garth Nix
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Went to supermarket to buy food....does this count?
£15 title for £7 - who could resist....starting now.

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RegularlyReads
Goldenhand | Garth Nix
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Goldenhand was everything I needed it to be😊.

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Clare-Dragonfly
Goldenhand | Garth Nix
Pickpick

I hope there will be more Old Kingdom books in the future. But if not... I'll accept this as the ending.

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Clare-Dragonfly
Goldenhand | Garth Nix
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I'm not officially participating in @DeweysReadathon because I have too much to do today, but I am checking Litsy a lot and I'm pretty sure I'll finish Goldenhand!

Clare-Dragonfly Yeah. I sure did 😄 3y
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Clare-Dragonfly
Goldenhand | Garth Nix

Sabriel and Touchstone: still THE VERY BEST.

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Clare-Dragonfly
Goldenhand | Garth Nix
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Yesssss

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Kat_Howard
Goldenhand | Garth Nix
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Have my cat, my blanket, and a good book. Really loving this one.

Liberty Is Maeve using the computer? 3y
Kat_Howard Ha! Probably. 3y
Bette 🐱❤️ 3y
kdwinchester Love this book. 😻 3y
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KeepCalmWithBooksAndCoffee
Goldenhand | Garth Nix
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The only thing that could make this better would be if I was listening to the audiobook.

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Abby-J
Goldenhand | Garth Nix
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I apologize for the terrible crop of the picture. I listened on Audible, and thus don't have a physical book (yet) to take a picture of. Goldenhand was a great continuation of Nix's Old Kingdom series. The characters all continued down logical and interesting paths, and it tied in the events of the prequel novel, Clariel, and the Nick Sayer short story in Across the Wall in a satisfying way.

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kdwinchester
Goldenhand | Garth Nix
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So happy with this book. The audiobook was wonderful. Though I was a little disappointed with CLARIEL, GOLDENHAND gave me everything I was hoping for—new abhorsen mythology, visits with old friends, and a trip to the river of death. I hope that Nix continues writing and expanding this world because there really is nothing like it. 💙🗝💚✨ And as always, I'm still #TeamMogget. 🐱

IndyHannaJones I'm excited to get this one 3y
Balibee146 Good.....Clariel left me a little let down too. Looking forward to this. 3y
KeepCalmWithBooksAndCoffee Yay! Clariel WAS a bit of a let down. Excited for this! 3y
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Clare-Dragonfly I also felt a bit let down by CLARIEL, so I hope I'll feel the same way you do about GOLDENHAND! (So far, so good!) 3y
lilycobalt I think I'm going to like Clariel better post-Goldenhand. 3y
anotherbookgirl I'm a little dismayed to hear that Clariel is disappointing. I haven't read it yet because I was thinking I should reread the original trilogy first. Good to hear it gets better with Goldenhand. Lirael is one of my favorite characters, so my hopes are pretty high for this one-I'm trying to temper my expectations so they aren't impossible to live up to. 3y
kdwinchester @Balibee146 @KeepCalmWithBooksAndCoffee @Clare-Dragonfly Yes, def better than CLARIEL!! 3y
kdwinchester @anotherbookgirl Since CLARIEL is a prequel, I think you would pick up more reading CLARIEL then the trilogy then GOLDENHAND. At least for me, I often pick more up reading the story chronologically. And CLARIEL is def still worth reading! I think we all just have super high expectations. 😹 3y
anotherbookgirl That makes sense to read Clariel and then reread the trilogy. Thanks for mentioning it, I hadn't even thought of that. I was aware it was a prequel, so I probably SHOULD have thought of it :) 3y
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Clare-Dragonfly
Goldenhand | Garth Nix

Rather wishing I'd reread the original trilogy before embarking on this one. Oh well--too late now, since my copies are in another state. Onward!

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lilycobalt
Goldenhand | Garth Nix
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Page 322: Well, Lirael's got to be the only character who can't die--
Page 323: " 'This is what it is, to be an Abhorsen,' she said sadly, and drew Astarael."
?????
(Of course I was right in the beginning, but, yeah.)

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lilycobalt
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Also, I'm into the pattern of Abhorsen girls falling for naked boys 😂

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lilycobalt
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Lirael's arc brought the story home for me as she gets some closure on her past and reaches a point where she can enjoy life, not merely endure it. Though I found the pacing too fast in some parts and too slow in others, her return to the Glacier as Abhorsen-in-Waiting, plus finding out what Arielle was up to, felt like the real heart of the story.

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kdwinchester
Goldenhand | Garth Nix
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It's here! After waiting ten years, this book is finally in my hands!!! 🎉🎉🎉🎉

Who else is excited for Garth Nix's new book?

#TeamMogget

Bookies I'm very excited, but I need to go back and reread the others first. 3y
kdwinchester @Bookies Yes, prepping for this book is a must. 🗝 3y
Librarianaut I loved it-LOVED IT!!!!! 3y
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Kat_Howard I'm reading it right now. So great so far. 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I'm reading the series for the first time right now, so I'll be in great shape for this one! 3y
kdwinchester @Librarianaut Just finished it! I loved it too. 🐱💙🗝 3y
kdwinchester @Kat_Howard it's wonderful. 💙 I hope he keeps writing Old Kingdom books. 3y
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lilycobalt
Goldenhand | Garth Nix
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EEEEEEEEEE SO EXCITED

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