I have long loved the Abhorsen trilogy and was excited to learn that a new title was being released. However, it’s been quite a while since I read Sabriel, Lirael, or Abhorsen, so the events of those books are no longer clear in my mind. Fortunately that wasn’t a problem. Clariel can be read as a stand alone title (though it is, in fact, a prequel to Lirael).
This was, to me, the saddest of the Abhorsen novels. Clariel is short sighted, easily frustrated and impatient. Acting on emotion she makes tragic decision in what seem to her to be no-win situations. Nevertheless, she is a likable character, and readers will be empathetic even when she makes all the wrong choices. I recommend this novel for fans of epic fantasy, whether they’ve read other Abhorsen novels or not.
Disclaimer: This novel was given to me by HarperCollins representatives at the American Library Association Annual Convention in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts and opinions expressed in the review are mine alone.
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