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Sabriel (1995)

by Garth Nix

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Series: Old Kingdom (1)

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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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    amaranthe: Abhorsen and The Rifter are both unique and distinctive stories, but they are also similar enough in tone and in certain other elements that people who like one may well enjoy the other. The Rifter is a little more obviously aimed at adults.
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    sandstone78: The roles of Chrestomanci and Abhorsen are similar- magicians who police the use of magic. Both books feature their protagonists growing into these roles.
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  LLonaVahine | May 22, 2024 |
I tried to read Sabriel sometime last year with a friend, but the friend was bored by it and I didn't care either way, so we read something else instead.

I decided to give Sabriel another chance last week and it wasn't bad. The main story, the magic system, the world, and the characters were all interesting. I especially liked Mogget the cat.

Even with all of the good, the book was still kind of meh. Something about the way that the story was presented made the book feel flat. I'm glad that I finished it though. ( )
  zeronetwo | May 14, 2024 |
An original and impressive work that captivated me from start to finish. I particularly liked the image of death that Garth Nix proposes in the book. Highly recommended for anyone who likes fantasy. ( )
  mrbearbooks | Apr 22, 2024 |
Reread it for the first time in 8 or 10 years because Sam really likes it and (nerdery of nerderies) we're currently playing a D&D campaign based on it. (I'm teenage Chrestomanci, because... um.)

Getting back to the book, I was surprised by how little I remembered and how great the atmosphere is. Always liked Lirael the best (must reread it now), and never got past a few chapters of Abhorsen, so that comes next.
  caedocyon | Feb 26, 2024 |
DNF at 70%. Astonishingly boring after the first 100 pages. ( )
  Lightfellow | Feb 22, 2024 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Garth Nixprimary authorall editionscalculated
Curry, TimNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dillon, DianeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dillon, LeoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Feberwee, EricaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kattelus, KaisaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Raos, PredragTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Reece, GavinIllustratorsecondary 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.
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, 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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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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Meet new Abhorsen
Sabriel: necromancer
banishing the Dead.

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