Hello, everyone! So amid my flurry of writing job applications, I managed to squeeze in reading the latest installment in one of my FAVOURITE series. Goldenhand is the fifth book in this super awesome series. As normal, with this being a later book in the series, I want to avoid any spoilers of any of the books but you can go read my review on the first book, Sabriel, to find out more about the series, but in a few words it’s about: Magic, Necromancy (both good and bad), bells, and talking animals!
I really enjoyed this installment, although Sabriel does still remain my favourite of the series. We get to revisit some of our favourite characters in this book (although perhaps not a much of the talking animals as I would have liked), as well as meeting a new POV character. Some parts of the romance in the book felt just a little too rushed, and just a little out of character (but that could just be my non-romantic cold, cold heart). Unfortunately, this was a split-POV book, and I was also far more invested in one of the storylines. The other storyline wasn’t bad, but it was just a bit slower and didn’t quite grip me as much as the other.
I was expecting this to be as fast-paced as the previous books in the series, and it was a bit slower. The ending was also less climactic, but that’s not really a criticism, as I still enjoyed it.
As expected for this series, the world-building is fantastic and remains one of the highlights. The world in this series is just so unique and so completely fleshed out that it will always stand out in my mind as one of my favourite worlds to retreat to when reality is being too much of a jerk. If you’ve read this series, you’re sure to love this one as well.
I rate it 3.5/5 stars
After reading this I have a serious urge to go back and read the entire series. As I never posted reviews for Abhorsen and Clariel (lazy, lazy Tina) I have another reason to do so.
Just a note. You may want to read the short story, The Creature in the Case, before diving into this one.
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Publisher: Allen & Unwin