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Sabriel, daughter of the necromancer Abhorsen, must journey into the mysterious and magical Old Kingdom to rescue her father from the Land of the Dead.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c1995
ISBN: 9780061474354
Branch Call Number: NIX
Characteristics: 289 p


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Jan 06, 2018

This is a quick, pleasant read, with some interesting ideas about magic and magical creatures.

Jul 09, 2017

First booked I've tried by this author and would read more.

DBRL_KatieL Mar 15, 2017

** spoiler alert ** This was my first Garth Nix novel, and while I appreciated the pacing of the story, and the development of the characters some parts of the telling were not to my taste. I did enjoy the catlike character, the descriptions of the world and how magic works, as well as the contrast between the two sides of the wall and how societies were different because of the lack and strength of magic.

My main struggle was not knowing information. Not only did I not know details of how and why something was happening, along with the main character, but other characters did know and were unable to explain. I found this very frustrating. I know is a writing style to just jump right into action with a story, and give explanations as you go, but this was that and more.

My other struggle was the ending. The story just stops. You know the characters are alive, and kinda how they survived the final main event, but not how anything is resolved. There is a little over one page of a character kinda waking out of unconsciousness where is is confirmed the two main characters are alive, but that is all. The next book is years later, and centers around new characters and just mentions these characters in passing.

If you haven't read the Old Kingdom series yet, stop what you're doing RIGHT NOW and pick up Sabriel. Or listen to the audiobook-- Tim Curry is an amazing narrator. An absolute must for fantasy fans, there are now 5 books in the series set in a world where the dead sometimes need help staying dead.

tarina7279 Oct 12, 2016

Absolutely fantastic read. A great story with a powerful female lead. Having a necromancer use a bandolier of several tuned bells to access different gates of Death was one of the most clever and imaginative things I've read in fantasy!

Jun 20, 2016

This is a very interesting fantasy series. Dealing with Death and necromancers, I found it a lot different than anything I've read before. I like the world where the modern is alongside the Old Kingdom. I found some parts confusing but I just went with it and kept reading. The only thing I didn't like was that the romance seemed kind of forced and not built up well. I recommend it if you like fantasy.

May 20, 2016

One of my favorite series of all time. The next book in the series, Lirael, is better than Sabriel but it's really the world building that makes this book. All of Nix's Old Kingdom tales are wonderful and I'm looking forward to the next one he puts out.

May 09, 2016

Sabriel is a solid series starter. The Old Kingdom setting with its hell creatures, curses and myths reminds me of the Demonata series by Darren Shan that I read as a teenager, and reading this story with some similar aspects as an adult, I'm confident that the writing will be appreciated by both audiences.

Nix's writing is serious, with a mythical tone and peppered with light moments for our young characters. It's really fun to read and although there are many questions about the Great Charters and Mogget, that need further explanation, I have no doubt that the sequels will be just as good if not better.

Jan 25, 2016

It was OK, I guess. there was very little romance, but a very interesting world.

vpl_childrens Dec 08, 2015

Sent to a boarding school in Ancelstierre as a young child, Sabriel has had little experience with the random power of Free Magic or the Dead who refuse to stay dead in the Old Kingdom. But during her final semester, her father, the Abhorsen, goes missing, and Sabriel knows she must enter the Old Kingdom to find him. She soon finds companions in Mogget, a cat whose aloof manner barely conceals its malevolent spirit, and Touchstone, a young Charter Mage long imprisoned by magic, now free in body but still trapped by painful memories. As the three travel deep into the Old Kingdom, threats mount on all sides. And every step brings them closer to a battle that will pit them against the true forces of life and death—and bring Sabriel face-to-face with her own destiny. With Sabriel, the first installment in the Abhorsen trilogy, Garth Nix exploded onto the fantasy scene as a rising star, in a novel that takes readers to a world where the line between the living and the dead isn't always clear—and sometimes disappears altogether.

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