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!
Lireal was a completely satisfying sequal to Sabrial. Both books take place in the Old Kingdom, a dazzling world created by Garth Nix as a sort of parrallel universe. The characters of Lireal are real and believable, especially Lireal, herself, a young girl stuggling to find her true identity while dealing with being distinctly different from the other Clayr. This is a powerful and enjoyable book that I would recommend to any one who has ever imagined another world.