"Lirael is now the Abhorsen-in-Waiting, with dead creatures to battle and Free Magic entities to bind. She's also a Remembrancer, wielder of the Dark Mirror. When Lirael finds Nicholas Sayre lying unconscious after being attacked by a hideous Free Magic creature, she uses her powers to save him. But Nicholas is deeply tainted with Free Magic. Fearing the Creature will escape the Charter mark that seals it within his flesh, Lirael seeks help at her childhood home. But even as Lirael and Nick return to the Clayr, a young woman from the distant north braves many enemies in a desperate attempt to bring a message to Lirael about the Witch With No Face. Who is the Witch, and what is she planning? Once more a great danger threatens the Old Kingdom, and it must be forestalled not only in the living world, but also in the cold, remorseless river of Death."--Back cover.