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Goldenhand: Old Kingdom, Book 5

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Exciting entry in magic series brings back fave characters.

Book Garth Nix Fantasy 2016
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Any fan of the magical Old Kingdom series will be excited that their favorite characters are back -- Lirael and her new golden hand especially -- and in an exciting story to boot. After the prequel, Clariel, was slow to ramp up, readers may expect the same here, but Goldenhand motors along right away. Chapters go back and forth between the rescue of Nick by Lirael (and the satisfying start of a romantic subplot) and the fevered pursuit of a tough new character named Ferin. She proves relentless as shaman-controlled Free Magic creatures and necromancer-raised gore crows and dead hands creep closer in every chapter.

Strong female characters rule in the whole series, and each one is very different, from the formerly shy and sensitive Lirael to the frank and fierce Ferin. And the story is well balanced among their heroic character arcs, the exploration of the mystery of Old Kingdom magic, and the intense action of chases and battles. Here's hoping more trips to the Old Kingdom are in store for readers.

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