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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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Sabriel by Garth Nix.

Sabriel Is a good fantasy book that explores a world of magic and necromancy, Sabriel is a girl who is pushed into a place that she is not ready yet, she accepts the role so she can find her father and save the Old Kingdom, Sabriel is my first Garth Nix book ( )
  Rini55 | Sep 28, 2023 |
Distracted and forgot it all right away. I'm sure it's better than I'm giving credit for. ( )
  Kiramke | Jun 27, 2023 |
Downgraded from my 1st reading. Reading aloud to J brought the more unpleasant descriptive bits to life rather too much. But we're progressing to Lirael now, and I'm looking forward to that. ( )
  sjflp | Jun 18, 2023 |
Re-read it for the millionth time or so for a podcast episode where I talk about how it's one of my comfort reads. This has been one of my favorite books since sixth grade. Love it every time I read it. ( )
  MandyPS | May 13, 2023 |
listening to the audio book read by Tim Curry ( )
  zizabeph | May 7, 2023 |
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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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