Sweet Lord, I finally finished it! I started this book a couple of months ago, and I would get into it for awhile and then put it down without any desire to pick it up again. This should have been a book that I loved--I really enjoyed Sabriel, the first book in the series, and this one is about a librarian. However, I really could not empathize with Prince Sameth and his situation at all. Every time Nix shifted to his viewpoint, I just lost all interest. Why wouldn't he tell Sabriel he didn't want to be, couldn't be the Abhorsen? Why didn't Sabriel and Touchstone realize that his skills weren't Abhorsen skills? Why was he so whiny? Argh! When I finally got to the part where Lirael met Sameth, the book went much faster because I wasn't subjected to his viewpoint in huge chunks. Despite it's difficulty keeping my interest, I'm still giving this book 4 stars because Lirael is such a cool character (although a bit too much of a stereotypical librarian; she decides to work in the library because she hopes she'll never have to talk to anyone) and there were parts, especially toward the end, when I couldn't put it down. However, I think I'll be taking a break before I move on to the third book in the trilogy, Abhorsen.