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Sabriel

Nix, Garth

(Book - 2008)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Sabriel
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Sent to a boarding school in Ancelstierre as a young child, Sabriel has had little experience with the random power of Free Magic or the Dead who refuse to stay dead in the Old Kingdom. But during her final semester, her father, the Abhorsen, goes missing, and Sabriel knows she must enter the Old Kingdom to find him. She soon finds companions in Mogget, a cat whose aloof manner barely conceals its malevolent spirit, and Touchstone, a young Charter Mage long imprisoned by magic, now free in body but still trapped by painful memories. As the three travel deep into the Old Kingdom, threats mount on all sides. And every step brings them closer to a battle that will pit them against the true forces of life and death -- and bring Sabriel face-to-face with her own hidden destiny.
Publisher: New York : Eos, 2008, 2004
Edition: Rev. Eos ed
ISBN: 0061474355
9780061474354
Branch Call Number: y NIX
Characteristics: 311 p. :,map ;,21 cm

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The dead are not staying in the Old Kingdom where they belong. Sabriel goes to find out why and on the way comes face to face with her own hidden destiny.

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.

Sent to a boarding school in Ancelstierre as a young child, Sabriel has had little experience with the random power of Free Magic or the Dead who refuse to stay dead in the Old Kingdom. But during her final semester, her father, the Abhorsen, goes missing, and Sabriel knows she must enter the Old... Read More »

In Nix's Sabriel series, spirits are often bound into the form of animals who can often be convinced, or coerced, into serving humans. The Disreputable Dog and Mogget, who appears to be a white cat but who would be an uncontrollable force should the red collar around his neck be removed, are amon... Read More »

Sent to a boarding school in Ancelstierre as a young child, Sabriel has had little experience with the random power of Free Magic or the Dead who refuse to stay dead in the Old Kingdom. But when her father goes missing, and Sabriel knows she must enter the Old Kingdom to find him.


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Oct 27, 2014
  • Chapel_Hill_KarinM rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of my all-time fantasy favorites. Audio version (narrated by Tim Cury) equally awesome.

Oct 23, 2014
  • PimaLib_JusdinaNB rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I love the strong female lead character who manages to tackle anything that comes her way. This story definitely has a dark feel to it but it is addicting. Do you like dark fantasy? Give this one a try and since I know you will love it, make sure to read the rest of the series too!

Oct 23, 2014
  • PimaLib_JusdinaNB rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I love the strong female lead character who manages to tackle anything that comes her way. This story definitely has a dark feel to it but it is addicting. Do you like dark fantasy? Give this one a try and since I know you will love it, make sure to read the rest of the series too!

Oct 15, 2014
  • Carrie_K rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Just reread this book and it's still one of my favourites - great worldbuilding, great characters, and an exciting story.

Aug 29, 2013
  • p1rateluv72 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is amazing! I could read it over and over and never get bored of it.

Oct 11, 2012
  • carrington681 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Read the series many times. 'Nough said...

Aug 24, 2012
  • sldoug rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Although it took me a bit to get into this one, I ultimately really, really enjoyed it. Sabriel was a strong, smart, brave character and I loved the world Nix created, this idea of the regular world and the separate, troubled magical world, and the additional world of Death. It was fantasy, but not too fantastical, with a compelling back story that I want to know more about! I look forward to reading the other two books in this trilogy.

Jul 16, 2012
  • adelaideblair rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The first book in a great series, Sabriel undergoes a quest to find her father, and discovers her place in the world instead. This book has some great world-building and heroine that is both strong and thoughtful.

Nov 26, 2010
  • dragonlover_samantha rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great, great, great book. If you read Garth Nix's other series, Keys to the Kingdom, you will probably love this series too. Great story, great characters, very creative.

2nd book ~ Lirael
3rd book ~ Abhorsen

Mar 09, 2010
  • sprocket rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

What an amazing feat of imagination -- in this book Garth Nix plays with fantasy trope necromancy in a way I can guarantee you probably haven't experience before. The result is a page turner that leaves you satisfied, yet wanting more.

Unfortunately, I found the rest of the series less amazing than this first Abhorsen book, but that is more so a reflection of the awesomeness Sabriel than a commentary on the later works in the trilogy.

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Sep 22, 2010
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