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Abhorsen by Garth Nix
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Abhorsen (original 2003; edition 2005)

by Garth Nix

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Title:Abhorsen
Authors:Garth Nix
Info:HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (2005), Paperback, 400 pages
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Abhorsen by Garth Nix (2003)

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Frankly, this book bored me. I can finish a modern fantasy book I moderately like in one night, so when I say it took me weeks to read this book, you can see that something really went wrong here.

I liked Sabriel- it was fresh and fascinating, an entertaining read, though not a favourite. Plenty of action, great world building. Then along came Lirael. Also a good read, and different enough from the first to keep me interested. I liked reading about the Clayr, and the angstiness of the characters really drew me in and made me care more about them.

Abhorsen just fell flat in comparison. There was absolutely nothing new or exciting. And it was too simplistic. Good vs. Evil. No moral dilemmas, no epiphanies, no character growth. And the plot lacked mystery and tension. Honestly, by the end of it, I was just begging for a giant meteor to come and destroy the world, just for a little excitement.

If you're like me, you probably won't be able to resist reading this book to the end, because you can't just abandon a series mid-read. But I would lower your expectations before you pick it up, ( )
  Sweet_Serenity | Mar 14, 2019 |
Very YA. Good YA! But … too YA for me atm for a five star rating. Much better YA than most things I know, though. ( )
  _rixx_ | Aug 30, 2018 |
in the third book of the trilogy, Abhorsen, Lirael finally gets out more, and is not the Abhorsen, but rather the Abhorsen in Waiting, which made me wonder if the trilogy had become too popular to leave alone, or at least wrap up definitively. the dog's still there, and hey there's a prince ... he's having a real hard time with this coming of age stuff... and guess what? he's got a cat. hey, innovation.

then about a hundred pages from the end of the trilogy, things get a little more interesting. it's looking like the evil artifact thing is actually a thing of science, and maybe the world had been destroyed before in a nuclear disaster this was the remains of. not a whole lot comes of it. the childhood friend of the Prince gets less avoidy and more heroic, the dog and the cat turn out to be somebodies, possibly on the usual quest for redemption, people and non-people die, and often come back, and in the ending it looks like the whole sequence starts over again. ::eep::

the most interesting character is the cat. no, really. ( )
  macha | Aug 3, 2018 |
This was soooooo good! I don't think I can really review it - I'm still so overwhelmed with the beautiful, tragic, perfect ending to this outstanding trilogy. I knew I'd enjoy it - I didn't expect to be this blown away. Go, right now, and read/listen to this! I've already returned my copy to the library :) ( )
  hopeevey | May 20, 2018 |
I LOVED Lirael when I read it; Abhorsen is only the continuation of my love of this author's work and the series is spectacular. I particularly enjoyed the nod to librarians in Lirael, and that the Clayr continued their appearance in this novel is fantastic.

I love Dog. ( )
  m_mozeleski | May 14, 2018 |
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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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Lirael and Sam
race to stop the Destroyer
becoming unbound.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061474339, Paperback)

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:15:19 -0400)

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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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