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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 ( )
  Rennie80 | Jun 15, 2021 |
2.5 ( )
  afrozenbookparadise | Apr 22, 2021 |
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  5083mitzi | Mar 15, 2021 |
Young Sabriel is thrust into the role of Abhorsen, which in her Kingdom means she is the one who must deal with the evil dead and the necromancers who raise them, after the sudden death of her father. With only a book and the Mogget for company, she must learn how to wield her bandolier of bells and defeat the ancient evil thing that is waking.
I've read this three times over the last 20 years and even though it is extremely lengthy, I race through it each time. The story is suspenseful, the world-building is quite impressive and the characters are well-drawn. ( )
  EmScape | Mar 14, 2021 |
It took me a little bit to get into the story and be able to visualize the setting and magic in my head which I'd been tripping over, causing me to be pulled out of the story. Once I felt comfortable with it, the story really pulled me in.

I felt I could understand Sabriel's emotions as she went through her journey. Her naivete added to the thrill and danger she faced, rather than becoming an annoyance at a heroine who didn't understand what she was getting into. Her brief understanding of the world of the Old Kingdom allowed the reader to become acquainted with the setting as Sabriel, herself, did which went smoothly and kept the flow of the story moving swiftly forward. There were lighthearted moments to balance out the dark, and a brief glimpse of first love through Sabriel's inexperienced eyes to remind the reader that she was, after all, an 18 year old girl and not as stone cold as perhaps she thought she ought to be.

Overall I was completely enthralled with the adventures she faced and the characters who faced it with her. ( )
  claireemckenna | Mar 8, 2021 |
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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
Kattelus, KaisaTranslatorsecondary 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.
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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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