I first read Lirael in middle school, and I recently decided to dust off my old copy and see if it still holds up to my positive, nostalgic memories. Upon finishing the final pages, I can say that it exceeded my expectations and has made it near the top of my favorite book list. The story follows a teenager named Lirael, an introverted loner who has never felt like a true Daughter of the Clayr because unlike everyone else in the community, she has yet to gain the ability to see the future - known as the sight. In contrast to Sabriel, which you don't necessarily have to read before this one, Lirael is a methodical character study that further fleshes out the world of the Old Kingdom. As the story unfolds, we join Lirael in her quest for self discovery and acceptance as she comes to terms with her destiny. It is an emotional and impactful journey that will leave a lasting impression on you long after finishing the book. I love that Lireal has an ingenious magic system that is unlike anything I have read about in a fantasy series before, a fascinating cast of supporting characters that you grow to love over time, and, as an added bonus, Lirael happens to work in the world's most amazing magical library that only the wildest imagination could construct. Pro tip: the audiobook is narrated by the fabulous Tim Curry. If you aren't in the mood to read such a long book, then definitely check out the audio. You won't be disappointed.