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Abhorsen by Garth Nix

Abhorsen (2003)

by Garth Nix

Other authors: Fabrizia Villari Gerli (Translator)

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Series: Old Kingdom / Abhorsen (3)

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Abhorsen starts immediately following the events of the second novel. Consequently, there is a far deeper sense of finality to the narrative as the characters prepare to face the main antagonist. Sameth and Lirael are dual protagonists for the majority of the story, as their two plot threads coincide for an extended period of time.

The return of familiar characters, as well as a more in-depth look into Nick, a minor character introduced in the second novel, provides a sense of comfort to the reader, which is welcome as the plot delves into much darker themes and more dangerous situations. In a way, the reader matures with the characters. ( )
  Codonnelly | Feb 13, 2017 |
Reread in prep for new release in Series. October, 2014. ( )
  moonlight_reads | Dec 11, 2016 |
Lirael and Sammeth have escaped from Hedge the Necromancer and his Dead hands by taking sanctuary in Abhorsen's house. The time for rest is fleeting. Constantly reminded of the vision the Clayr had for her, Lirael knows they must leave for the Red Lake to rescue Nick before it's too late. However, there is a greater evil afoot, one that has not been seen in ages: The Destroyer is coming.

Abhorsen by Garth Nix is the third book in The Abhorsen trilogy. The story begins right where Lirael leaves off. Lirael and Sammeth are at Abhorsen's house, taking a short rest before setting out to rescue Nick, Sam's old friend from his school in Ancelstierre. Unknown to both Lerial and Sammeth, but quite well known to the reader, Nick has a shard of the Destroyer placed in him which allows him to be a "vessel" for the Destroyer. Nick finds himself forced to believe in the magic he considered to be pure fantasy and is leading a search for two great hemispheres buried deep in the earth as well as coming up with a means to rejoin them.

The book has many reveals, some of which were quite surprising. We are finally able to understand the full nature of Free Magic, what it is and where it came from, as well as a history of the Beginning, how the Charter came to be, what went into it's creation and just who, or what, the Destroyer is. All the puzzle pieces come together and missing information filled in for one spectacular, epic finale. All the reasons why everyone involved is involved as they are answered. The stakes for the future of both Ancelstierre and the Old Kingdom have never been higher.

Each character clearly has an important role to play. We are finally shown why Sammeth was so scared of entering Death and why his role as Abhorsen-in-waiting didn't seem right for him. He is given a new path that has a direct and meaningful impact on what is to come. Both the Disreputable Dog and Mogget are vital characters, transcending their roles of magical companions in previous books to be every bit as important as their two legged counterparts. They both retain their sly wit and fun banter through to the end, which continues to be a joy to read. Lirael's character arc is quite profound. Gone is the somewhat timid librarian as she fully embraces the fact that she'll never be a "true" daughter of the Clary and never see the future. She gives herself fully quest the Clayr have set her on and, as a result, realizes she has a much different role than any other Clayr in history, making her unique. Lirael finds herself prepared to meet any challenge, able to go toe to toe the most fearsome of the Dead.

Again I listened to the audio book narrated by Tim Curry. Curry's voice acting is superb as always.

This is one fast paced, action packed book! The plot is tightly focused and the ending delivers quite a punch. The final battle has a beautiful, cinematic quality to it, one I would love to see on the big screen. It was a wholly satisfying end to the series.

I have greatly enjoyed The Abhorsen trilogy. This series is one I will reread in the future. ( )
  Narilka | Oct 18, 2016 |
Whew, this trilogy! I honestly don't think I finished reading this book during my childhood. But dang, it was so good. I am so there for the relationship between Lirael and the Disreputable Dog! ( )
  watersgendry | Aug 18, 2016 |
The Disreputable Dog says "Does the path choose the walker or the walker the path?"

Mogget says "Someone give me some fish, then I'll nap."

Lireal says "All the adults with the training to do this job are off somewhere else, so I guess it is up to me to kick Dead butt!"

Sam says "Whine, whine, whine ... I want to go home!"

Nick says "Hmmmm, wonder why all the work crews are so stinky and falling apart?" ( )
  debs913 | Apr 2, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Garth Nixprimary authorall editionscalculated
Villari Gerli, FabriziaTranslatorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Curry, TimNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dillon, DianeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dillon, LeoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kattelus, KaisaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The Abhorsen Sabriel and King Touchstone are missing, leaving only Lirael—newly come into her inheritance as the Abhorsen-in-Waiting—to stop the Destroyer. If Orannis's unspeakable powers are unleashed, it will mean the end of all Life. With only a vision from the Clayr to guide her and the help of her companions, Sam, the Disreputable Dog, and Mogget, Lirael must search in both Life and Death for some means to defeat the evil destructor—before it is too late. . . .

The apocalyptic conclusion to the series of events that began with Sabriel and continued in Lirael, the New York Times bestselling Abhorsen is an electrifying reading experience not to be missed.

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Abhorsen-In-Waiting Lirael and Prince Sameth, a Wallmaker, must confront and bind the evil spirit Oranis before it can destroy all life.

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