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Sabriel by Garth Nix

Sabriel (original 1995; edition 2008)

by Garth Nix

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Sabriel by Garth Nix (1995)

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Does the walker chose the path, or the path the walker? ( )
  humblewomble | Oct 19, 2014 |
Hmm, I didn’t not like it but I wasn’t in love with it either. The story was so fast paced that I never really connected with Sabriel or her father and felt very little when he finally died, maybe I would have felt differently if he had spent more time on centre stage at the beginning. Overall I needed more interaction between Sabriel, Mogget (loved his grumpy sarcasm) and Touchstone - just some chatter that wasn’t related to “the mission” to help them become better acquainted with one another, friendlier perhaps in order to strengthen their ties.

The ending was quite abrupt and felt this was a missed opportunity for character development. I wanted to see Touchstone shake off some of his guilt and embrace his future. I wanted to know how Mogget survived the seventh bell and if being consumed had changed him. And I wanted to know how Kerrigor took to becoming a black cat. All of these things could so easily have been addressed in a well-crafted extended epilogue placed after the original epilogue of course. One thing I did like at the end was the contrast in colour between the two cats; one white mostly helpful cat and one black very evil one sitting side by side - it was a nice touch.

From everything I have just written, I’ve realised that I just needed the characters to be fleshed out a bit to make me fall in love with them because to me they seemed grey and needed to be painted with more colour, more life even if the story did revolve around death.
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1 vote Cynical_Ames | Sep 23, 2014 |
Given all the rave reviews, I was expecting to enjoy this book more than I did, which is not to say I didn't like it. But I have to say I found myself somewhat confused by the magic terminology (and was pleased to find at least one other reviewer who felt the same way). Maybe it was just me, I don't know, but I had trouble assimilating all the Free Magic/Charter Magic, Greater Dead/Lesser Dead, Hands, Mordicants etc. distinctions--not to mention how Mogget fits into the whole picture-- into something that made sense to me. I may try Lirael, the next in the series, but I'm thinking I would have to read it pretty soon so as not to forget what little sense I was able to make of Sabriel. ( )
  AlaMich | Sep 5, 2014 |
Many fantasy stories fall into 2 categories; either they are a twist on The Lord of the Rings (like Eragon or Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series), or they are part of today's popular paranormal romance genre. This was a refreshingly original fantasy story featuring a strong girl protagonist. Sabriel is the daughter of the currently reigning Abhorsen, which gives her the legacy responsibility of making sure that the Dead, really stay dead. She is armed with necromancy and a set of magical bells with different attributes to help control the Dead. Life seems pretty normal, or at least normal for someone who lives in a magical world, until her father the Abhorsen goes missing and the likely culprit is Kerrigor, a powerful member of the Dead who not only won't stay undead, but is wreaking havoc in the world of the living. What makes this an easy series to recommend is the strong character of Sabriel, a fiesty and resourceful young woman, and her sidekick Moggett, a magical creature who has the physical body, as well as the quirky personality traits, of a cat.

One of the best parts of this audiobook is the narration by Tim Curry of Rocky Horror fame. He does a fantastic job with the various voices, and really does an over the top performance for some of the more challenging aspects, like Moggett throwing up a hairball. Fun read!
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  jmoncton | Aug 24, 2014 |
Sabriel by Garth Nix is set in a world where Necromancy holds sway. Things and people die but death is not always so permanent. Traditionally necromancy is a really weird and creepy practice but in this book the main character is a necromancer whose job is to help those who have died complete their journey to death so that they are not reawakened by someone with sinister purposes. The main character is also sometimes able to return to life those who only just recently died but it comes at a cost and can be very dangerous.

I'm not typically into stories that revolve around death but Nix was able to craft a story that focused on death but did not become super heavy and overwhelming. I very much recommend this book to anybody interested in a fantasy type story.

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  mcroushorn | Aug 14, 2014 |
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It was little more than three miles from the Wall into the Old Kingdom, but that was enough.
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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