The long-awaited fifth installment in Garth Nix's New York Times best-selling Old Kingdom series, for listeners 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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This one caught me off guard. I've been a huge fan of the Old Kingdom series. This book reads like mediocre tween fan-fiction.
I'm not saying it's a piece of crap. It's just so much worse in contrast to the other ones that it almost feels like.... something between a mix of disappointment and betrayal. I'm being ridiculous though.
Me. Nix is a fine writer. Goldenhand probably needed a heavier editing hand.
I have waited so long for this book. It has a little more romance than the other books... which I suppose is okay, but I feel like the battle scenes weren't as epic. It may be because I listened to it rather than read it myself, as I did the first books many years ago. The narration took several hours to get used to. I thought I was going to have to return the book because I just couldn't stand the way she read. I loath the way she portrays the Disreputable Dog's voice. I dearly miss Tim Curry. I wish he could read to me forever!
"A Great Addition to the Old Kingdom Series"
The book continues a story begun in earlier Old Kingdom books and has been eagerly awaited by many fans of the Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen volumes. It is a return to an amazing world we got to know very well and enjoy.
The whole book is an exciting continuation of the series, telling us "what happened next" to a lot of favourite characters. This is fun for those who are fans, and I know many new readers will enjoy the world as it unfolds.
I wish that the reader had referred to earlier audio books to maintain consistency of pronunciation of some of the names. Arielle is not pronounced the same as Ariel and I found that really frustrating. Most people won't stress about this but, Tim Curry did such a good job with the earlier books - would it have been too much to check?
Anyone who loves the book will cheer the appearance of the Disreputable Dog, and Mogget!
Too many people are commenting 'you have to read the others first' as if listening to Goldenhand on its own is a waste of time. It is a good story on its own, but readers will find their reading journey considerably enriched if they have some idea of previous Old Kingdom stories. Audible has Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen, the three main books (read by Tim Curry - in excellent form!) available so enjoy those as well. You will see Goldenhand in its best place, as the latest book in a top notch series.
"Good story! Poor narrator choice."
I enjoyed the story, but not the narrator. She did not bring much to the story in terms of performance. She did not bring characters to life with voice acting.
"I miss Tim Curry"
The story line is very good. I'm happy this is a continuation right after Abhorsen. I miss Tim Curry reading the book. He really brings the story to life when he tells it.
Lirael is definitely my all time favorite character. I love books with heroines. There are so few female heroines in stories. I especially love how Garth built her attitude.
If Tim Curry was able to perform. The performance was good, but just not Tim's level...
1000 times yes
Thank you for bringing abhorsen series to life. I really enjoy theses books, and I hope they continue.
The book meandered through it's first two-thirds then collapsed into a sudden & uninspired conclusion. The original trilogy is wonderful and this is an unworthy successor.
"Missed Tim Curry"
Tim Curry narrated all of the other Old Kingdom stories and this just wasn't quite the same without his touch, although this narrator was good.
The story was awesome! I have been waiting years to find out what has become of Lireal, Sam, and Nick. I sincerely hope Mr. Nix writes more in this series. It is a series we have loved as a whole family.
"a bit short, but good"
good to be back in the old kingdom, wish there was more though. The ending really felt like it was a bit rushed to be honest. It took a while to get used to the new narrator, especially after listening to Tim curry's amazing performances so many times, but she did a good job and only occasional did I lose track of who was talking. I look forward to the next, hopefully longer, installment.
"Good story almost ruined by a sub-par narrator"
While it makes sense to have a female narrator for the story, this one was so wooden and formal, lacking greatly in emotional range, it damn near ruined what was an highly anticipated book. I realize I'm spoiled by Tim Currie's superb rendering of the first three books, but the dryness of delivery in this telling made it hard to stay focused. I found myself having to backtrack to follow the story.
"A wonderful series continues!"
I still miss Tim Curry's talents, but the current narrator grows on you. The story is quite fun, and much more upbeat than the previous, very dark "Clariel". I hope there will be more.
"It's good to be back in The Old Kingdom"
To begin with it was a bit jarring to hear a female voice - only because I'm used to Tim Curry - but Heather Wilds did a great job of bringing the characters to life. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and immediately started from the beginning again.
"Another great story from Nix but let down by Wilds"
Love this entire series, and although Goldenhand isn't the strongest book, it is still a great experience. Developing Lirael further as she progresses as the Abhorsen in waiting, Goldenhand introduces some new characters whilst drawing on the key previous names from the past books in the series.
However, Heather Wilds narration is nothing but bland and awkward and really takes away from the enjoyment. My advice, buy the physical book and read it.
"The narrator is dreadful!"
I was pleased that this was much better than Clariel but the narrator's weird and monotonous delivery drove me mad. I kept having to rewind as I missed bits because she bored me!
I did enjoy the story but I think that the first three books were far superior in their storytelling and would hope that Garth Nix can bring back the magic to the next book as I love the series.
"A robot could read it better, story excellent."
The story was excellent and brought together many threads and opens the door for further development, PLEASE lets have more.
However the narration was like a trainer for voice dictation, crisp, perfect diction, without expression or emotion. If I had not wanted to follow the story I would have ducked out in the first ten minutes, run the text through a text to speech processor and you would get more feeling, warmth, heart or whatever it is that is the mark of an excellent narrator.
I would happily have Heather Wilds on my satnav, crisp and clear, but never again on an audio book unless she goes and follows the Tin Man in Oz. Less robot more heart. Perfect diction can kill a story.
"Decent story, terrible narration"
I've been waiting for this book ever since I read Clariel and Nix promised another one. I saw a few reviews before reading, and agree with the pacing issues and some of the points about writing style.
That said, the story is great. Anything Old Kingdom makes me happy, and this was nearly everything I'd hoped for. Drama, history, tying up old loose ends, creating new ones, and new bits of the world-building for which Nix is so famed. This last point is the best, as you might reasonably expect :)
However, the narration really lets this book down. I want to think it's because I loved Tim Curry's reading of the original trilogy so much, but it's more than that. The emphasis patterns sound so staged and unnatural, to my ears, I almost gave up on the story. It might sound silly and petty, but it makes such a difference to me. My advice: if you have any choice in the matter, read this book rather than listen to it. But definitely experience it somehow :)
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