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Sabriel by Garth Nix
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Sabriel (1995)

by Garth Nix

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Series: Old Kingdom / Abhorsen (1)

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Garth Nix creates a wonderful world in which there is a wall dividing the magical and non-magical realms. The Abhorsen is a well-meaning necromancer; able to go into the land of death, but whose purpose is to vanquish spirits. Sabriel is the daughter of the Abhorsen, and she receives a message and must leave to find and possibly save her father. I enjoyed delving into the world of the Abhorsen, and I loved reading about Sabriel's life. When it ended, I wished there was more so that I could continue on in this world...luckily this is the first in a series!
  GretchenLynn | Feb 3, 2017 |
This was an Audio book from the Library that I listened to on my way to work. There were times when I didn't want to get out of my car because I had come to an exciting point in the tape. This Audio book was narrated by Tim Curry and starts with a flashback in which a current Abhorsen, a special necromancer, loses his wife but saves his baby daughter Sabriel from a creature called Kerrigor, in the spiritual river of death. Many years later, at Sabriels English like boarding school, she must take up her father's magical sword and the bells of a Necromancer and try to find out what has happened to him. To do so, she must leave her new Kingdom school and go where magic rules and evil things like Kerrigor are stalking her.

Along the way, she is accompanied by the guard Touchstone, a Royal and the King of the Old Kingdom and the charter magic contained cat-spirit Mogget. They must try to defeat the evil Kerrigor, who wants to blast the Charter which keeps all things from descending into evil.

Sabriel was a delightful fantasy that I am sorry came to and end. Sabriel comes to accept that her father, the former Abhorsen, is now on her own and is the new and last Abhorsen. She really just wants to be Sabriel and not the Abhorsen and she acts and thinks precisely like any young woman in this position. She's strong, intriguing, and no slack with a sword in a bad situation. I really enjoyed Garth Nix's charcters.Sabriel was a wonderful role model who also is developing feelings for Touchstone. Touchstone feels guilt for what he has allowed to happen but won't let Sabriel down as he feels he has done others. and Mogget was certainly unique. He's a peculiar mix of good and evel. This ancient spirit forced to live as a cat is enslaved to the Abhorsen family for the good of everyone (we get a glimpse of how dangerous he can be). The world that Garth Nix dreamed up, a mixture of Tolkien and WW2 England, is unparalleled in the fantasy genre. It's populated by animated ghouls, ghastly Mordicants, the almost-human sending's, Charter ghosts, the inhabitants of the river of Death, where only Abhorsens go, and so on...

I certainly enjoyed his writing style which the narrator helped to bring across. I would certainly recommend this book, especially the Audio book, to anyone.
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  urph818 | Jan 8, 2017 |
I liked this story of a young woman who suddenly finds herself inheriting her father's title as Abhorsen (= big wig necromancer) and on a quest that will take her across the wall and into another world. I love the world-building and the idea of the abhorsen and the plot conflict was great, but the characters seemed a little flat and although I did enjoy listening to this one, I didn't get involved enough to want to continue with the series. Tim Curry was excellent, though, as the reader. ( )
  electrascaife | Dec 19, 2016 |
Reread in prep for new release in Series. October, 2014. ( )
  moonlight_reads | Dec 11, 2016 |
The Old Kingdom series, which began with Sabriel, is one of the most engaging and unique magical worlds I have ever had the pleasure of coming across. The magical systems are well thought out and unlike anything else I've ever encountered; the characters are realistic, normal for their age, and very engaging. This is by far one of my favorite series, and it all begins here. ( )
  stormyhearted | Nov 25, 2016 |
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Garth Nixprimary authorall editionscalculated
Curry, TimNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dillon, DianeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dillon, LeoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kattelus, KaisaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Villari Gerli, FabriziaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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It was little more than three miles from the Wall into the Old Kingdom, but that was enough.
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Sabriel digested this in silence, staring at the swirls of fish and sauce on her plate, silver scales and red tomato blurring into a pattern of swords and fire. The table blurred too, and the room beyond, and she felt herself reaching for the border with Death. But try as she might, she couldn’t cross it. She sensed it, but there was no way to cross, in either direction – Abhorsen’s House was too well protected. But she did feel something at the border. Inimical things lurked there, waiting for her to cross, but there was also the faintest thread of something familiar, like the scent of a woman’s perfume after she has left the room, or the waft of a particular pipe tobacco around a corner. Sabriel focused on it and threw herself once more at the barrier that separated her from Death. -- p.73
The marks became silver blades as they left her hand, mind and voice, flashing through the air swifter than any thrown dagger. -- p. 107
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Sabriel, the daughter of the Abhorsen (a 'lawfully-good' necromancer charged with putting the dead back into death) finds herself on a journey to find out what happened to her father after she is sent his necromancer's tools. At her father's house she meets a cat with strange and dangerous abilities, the sarcastic Mogget. She soon takes up her quest as an Abhorsen and finds that looking for her father is looking for trouble as she accepts her fate. But evil waits for her in Death...
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After receiving a cryptic message from her father, Abhorsen, a necromancer trapped in Death, 18-year-old Sabriel sets off into the Old Kingdom. Fraught with peril and deadly trickery, her journey takes her to a world filled with parasitical spirits, Mordicants, and Shadow Hands. Unlike other necromancers, who raise the dead, Abhorsen lays the disturbed dead back to rest. This obliges him--and now Sabriel, who has taken on her father's title and duties--to slip over the border into the icy river of Death, sometimes battling the evil forces that lurk there, waiting for an opportunity to escape into the realm of the living. Desperate to find her father, and grimly determined to help save the Old Kingdom from destruction by the horrible forces of the evil undead, Sabriel endures almost impossible exhaustion, violent confrontations, and terrifying challenges to her supernatural abilities--and her destiny.

Garth Nix delves deep into the mystical underworld of necromancy, magic, and the monstrous undead. This tale is not for the faint of heart; imbedded in the classic good-versus-evil story line are subplots of grisly ghouls hungry for human life to perpetuate their stay in the world of the living, and dark, devastating secrets of betrayal and loss. Just try to put this book down. For more along this line, try Nix's later novel: Shade's Children. (Ages 12 and older) --Emilie Coulter

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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.

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