Abhorsen (Was tad williams)

Abe Gross argross at bigpond.net.au
Fri Feb 7 22:02:39 EST 2003

Robyn wrote:

> I think you are right about the cutting. One of the things that was so
> magnificent about Sabriel is the integrity of the story. It is just the
> right length, and it is a complete story: you don't expect a sequel. I get
> the impression with Lirael/Abhorsen that it was going to be one book, but
> that it was a bit longer than Sabriel, and that Nix's editor/publisher
> suggested that it should be two books. (My impression comes both from the
> text, the length of time it took for the book to come out and things
> at Slow Glass told me.) This necessitated some padding, and explains why
> Lirael doesn't really have an ending. I don't think I can really judge
> Lirael as a book until I read the sequel. Or rather, that Abhorsen will
> probably change my opinion. I am waiting breathlessly for my copy to

AFIK, you are right that_Lirael_ and _Abhorsen_ were going to be one book,
and so are really one volume divided into two, which is why _Lirael_ has no
real ending. So you can't really speak of _Abhorsen_ being a sequel, as it's


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