this is a great story. It is really well-written.
Nix is a great writer. Its a classic story told in a fresh new way. It's been fun watching Lirael grow and mature from the sorta meek girl she was to the powerful, more self-assured woman she is. Her interactions with Dog and Sam add just the right touch. The friendship and possibility of romance changes this story from the archetypical ostracized kid overcomes adversity, claims his/her birthright and becomes the best and most powerful. Of couse her powers are cool too.