The long-awaited fifth installment in Garth Nix’s New York Times bestselling Old Kingdom series, for readers who enjoy series by Rae Carson, Kristin Cashore, Scott Westerfeld, and Cassandra Clare.
Goldenhand takes place six months after the events of Abhorsen and follows the novella Nicholas Sayre and the Creature in the Case, which is featured in Across the Wall.
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. On a dangerous journey, Lirael returns to her childhood home, the Clayr’s Glacier, where she was once a Second Assistant Librarian. There, a young woman from the distant North brings her a message from her long-dead mother, Arielle. It is a warning about the Witch with No Face. But who is the Witch, and what is she planning? Lirael must use her new powers to save the Old Kingdom from this great danger—and it must be forestalled not only in the living world but also in the cold, remorseless river of Death.
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Good book, not well read
It's a charming story with some very emotional moments and a must for anyone who has read Clariel although it won't mean much to you if you have not read the original trilogy. However I really don't like the way this book is read. I loved the audiobooks for the original trilogy and Clariel which had a lot of warmth and character to them but this one felt almost emotionless. On the other hand I was only able to get as far as the prologue before the reading annoyed me so much I had to stop (which I've never had before) so maybe it gets better as it goes along :)
I’ve listened to the first four books. Tim Curry is excellent reading the first 3.
Unfortunately Heather Wilds reads this like a sat-nav giving you directions or Len Martin reading the football results on the BBC.
Her intonation is such that it’s often hard to tell if she’s reading description or dialogue. I’ve persevered, but it’s just so monotonous it’s spoiling the story. So I’ve bought the book and I’m reading it myself.
The one star is for the read, not the book.
Disappointing and not worth £19
I wrote a long review then accidentally deleted it. SO here's the long and the short of it.
The original trilogy was great, the books after in this series are unnecessary and seem to be adding for the sake of adding.
I was worried that the book since were essentially cheap cash ins and the fact that there is a fourth wall breaking advertise meant for one of the other books in this one doesn't help convince me otherwise. If you have money to spare (which I don't) and you Love to the original trilogy as well and just want to hear more then go for it. Otherwise spend your hard earned money on a different book.