As the leader of a young adult book club, I must say that we enjoyed these two books so much. It is not very often that the second book in a sequel is better then the original but Lirael is fantastic! We can't wait for The Aborsen, the third book! The plot is so unique and refreshingly different from anthing we have ever read. We even met a week earlier than normal because we couldn't wait to talk about it! If you get the chance to read these two books, you should!