Review: Clariel

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Clariel
Clariel by Garth Nix
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It was quite hard to come to terms with a final rating for this book because, unlike many other books with begin alright or actually quite well, I felt entirely the opposite with Clariel: The first 20 pages or so were well enough for an introduction, not much to say there, the next 80 pages I actually found somewhat annoying, I couldn’t get to like anything of what was going on although it had its merit but it was just rather bland. After that the story really did pick up ant it felt once again like another book from this series I’ve loved since the very beginning, the feel of urgency, mystery and discovery was back and it was a steady improvement up until the very end which was quite amazing. Lastly, I didn’t like the epilogue that much but I guess it was a sufficiently good closure.

Now I would like the analize the book further rather than my own experience: What is interesting about Clariel is that the story was quite unexpected, along with all the motivations, even though we all know where it’s gonna lead in the end, it delivers the story in quite a surprising and original way. I’ve read coments here who have found Clariel insufferable, obnoxious, always complaining and the like but on my part I find her a truly tragic heroine, also many accuse the background characters from uninteresting but actually I think it is all very well formed: Clariel and Belatiel particularly but even some secondary and minor characters are all well fitting of their environment. Unlike the other books in the Old Kingdom, Clariel comes not from the immediate doom brought by a long lasting turmoil and chaos, instead, she comes from the after-effect of a long lasting peace and apparently fruitfull era: complacency. The key word to the background story is complacency which has ended in neglect of ages old roles which has brought by an inner and less noticeable failure of two key bloodlines: The Abhorsens and The Royal House which have apparently never been better off but have also never been so disconnected to their own heritage.

Thus we find an unwilling heroine which might sound selfish and is truly so but with simple demands who takes up on herself a mission whatever the cost, both a victim of ther own wiles and a reivindicator of the damage brought by the inaction of others.

I find myself joyously surprised once more by Garth Nix.

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Review: Clariel

Posted on

Clariel
Clariel by Garth Nix
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It was quite hard to come to terms with a final rating for this book because, unlike many other books with begin alright or actually quite well, I felt entirely the opposite with Clariel: The first 20 pages or so were well enough for an introduction, not much to say there, the next 80 pages I actually found somewhat annoying, I couldn’t get to like anything of what was going on although it had its merit but it was just rather bland. After that the story really did pick up ant it felt once again like another book from this series I’ve loved since the very beginning, the feel of urgency, mystery and discovery was back and it was a steady improvement up until the very end which was quite amazing. Lastly, I didn’t like the epilogue that much but I guess it was a sufficiently good closure.

Now I would like the analize the book further rather than my own experience: What is interesting about Clariel is that the story was quite unexpected, along with all the motivations, even though we all know where it’s gonna lead in the end, it delivers the story in quite a surprising and original way. I’ve read coments here who have found Clariel insufferable, obnoxious, always complaining and the like but on my part I find her a truly tragic heroine, also many accuse the background characters from uninteresting but actually I think it is all very well formed: Clariel and Belatiel particularly but even some secondary and minor characters are all well fitting of their environment. Unlike the other books in the Old Kingdom, Clariel comes not from the immediate doom brought by a long lasting turmoil and chaos, instead, she comes from the after-effect of a long lasting peace and apparently fruitfull era: complacency. The key word to the background story is complacency which has ended in neglect of ages old roles which has brought by an inner and less noticeable failure of two key bloodlines: The Abhorsens and The Royal House which have apparently never been better off but have also never been so disconnected to their own heritage.

Thus we find an unwilling heroine which might sound selfish and is truly so but with simple demands who takes up on herself a mission whatever the cost, both a victim of ther own wiles and a reivindicator of the damage brought by the inaction of others.

I find myself joyously surprised once more by Garth Nix.

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