By: Garth Nix
Release Date: October 11th, 2016
Summary from Goodreads: 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.
Review: Can we say BAM! I didn't see that coming, but it was awesome. I've read other reviews about how they hated the love story between Lirael and Nic but I didn't mind it so much. It progressed a little quickly, but since it felt like it was a long time coming, it was what it was.
The whole ending where you get to tie all the books together was a total surprise to me. I was at work when I finished the book and I almost jumped out of my seat when I read it. I'm not going to give anything away, but I hope you experience it like I did. There is nothing like a good surprise.
This book just proves why Garth Nix is my favorite author. I hope he continues to write Old Kingdom books. Five stars for Goldenhand.