As I’m taking part in Wyrd & Wonder throughout May, and celebrating the fantasy genre, I’m dedicating this month’s Shelf Control posts to the fantasy novels that have been waiting patiently on my shelves far too long!
Shelf Control is a weekly celebration of the unread books on our shelves created and hosted by Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies. Pick a book you own but haven’t read, write a post about it (suggestions: include what it’s about, why you want to read it, and when you got it), and link up! For more info on what Shelf Control is all about, check out Lisa’s introductory post, here.
by Garth Nix
For everyone and everything there is a time to die.
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, wielder of the Dark Mirror. 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.
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. Fearing it will escape the Charter mark that seals it within his flesh and bones, Lirael seeks help for Nick at her childhood home, the Clayr’s Glacier.
But even as Lirael and Nick return to the Clayr, a young woman from the distant North braves the elements and many enemies in a desperate attempt to deliver a message to Lirael from her long-dead mother, Arielle. Ferin brings a dire warning 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.
I’ve owned a copy of this book since it was released but I haven’t picked it up because it’s been so long since I read the original Old Kingdom trilogy, which I adored when I was younger, that I think I need to re-read them first. I also have a feeling I should probably read Clariel before I read this book! Re-reading this series is a project I might give myself this year, though; I loved this series so much and it’d be lovely to revisit it.
Are there any fantasy series from your childhood or early teens that you’d like to re-read?