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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.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c1995
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780606354998
Branch Call Number: J/ FICTION NIX GARTH
Characteristics: xi, 292 p. ; 24 cm


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FPL_LibbyM Dec 19, 2020

A strong female lead, necromancy, talking cats, magical bells, technology vs. magic, what else could you want from a YA fantasy series?

Aug 16, 2019

Truly an exceptional book. I finished in less than 5 days (that’s how good it was). The Genre is Fantasy. It makes you feel as if you are in their world and experiencing everything that the characters are. It was one of the best books I have ever read. I was hooked from the first page and I was always wondering what was going to happen next. This book is appropriate and young kids and teenagers can read it. I was a relaxing book to read as it made me forget about my everything and just focus on it. I would live this book a 5 out of 5 stars because it really was a perfect book. I recommend it to teenagers. @terrificbooklover of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

This book is fantasy fiction / mystery. It shows the adventure Sabriel had to go on to save her father. Sabriel finds out that her father is either in trouble or dead so she goes to find him and ends up in a place called The Old Kingdom and meets some people along the way. I disliked how the book took so long to get interesting. I like it when books get interesting right away and it took too long for this book to get interesting enough. Sabriel doesn't have a big sense of humour so this book is no comedy. She is a smart girl and she is the only Abhorsen who can defeat Kerrigor, it was like her destiny to defeat him. She came through many difficulties to find him. People who are patient, mostly teenagers would like this book. Anyone that's patient who is over the age of 13. - Hannah

IndyPL_SteveB Apr 25, 2019

Fantasy teen novel with elements of horror. First of a series. Pretty exciting, although a bit overwritten.

Sabriel is the teenage daughter of Abhorsen, although she soon learns that is his title, not his name. He is a sort of anti-necromancer. It is his job to return the re-awakened dead to Death. Since she was five, Sabriel has been sent to a girls’ school in a “safe” area. But this limited exposure to her father’s life means that she lacks important knowledge of his world and abilities when he sends a message that he needs her to rescue him. Nix has developed an unusual fantasy world. There is a giant wall which divides and protects Ancelstierre, a country of the current world, from “The Old Kingdom.” On one side of the wall technology works – guns, telephones, automobiles, radio, etc. On the other side of the wall only medieval technologies and a certain form of magic will work, and the dead can sometimes rise to take over the living.

Feb 23, 2019

Do not judge this book by its cover! Garth Nix builds a fascinating world. This is one of my favorite series, and the audiobooks for "Sabriel", "Lirael", and "Abhorsen" are all read by Tim doesn't get much better than that!

WestSlope_TheaH Aug 21, 2018

Forget Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, or Narnia. This is my favorite magical world! Sabriel is the first book in the Abhorsen trilogy and you won’t be able to put down this fast-paced, action-packed fantasy novel. Sabriel is a compelling heroine and she is joined by other wonderful characters---Mogget is a favorite. Bonus for audiobook listeners: Tim Curry's narration is amazing.

Jan 06, 2018

This is a quick, pleasant read, with some interesting ideas about magic and magical creatures.

Jul 09, 2017

First booked I've tried by this author and would read more.

DBRL_KatieL Mar 15, 2017

** spoiler alert ** This was my first Garth Nix novel, and while I appreciated the pacing of the story, and the development of the characters some parts of the telling were not to my taste. I did enjoy the catlike character, the descriptions of the world and how magic works, as well as the contrast between the two sides of the wall and how societies were different because of the lack and strength of magic.

My main struggle was not knowing information. Not only did I not know details of how and why something was happening, along with the main character, but other characters did know and were unable to explain. I found this very frustrating. I know is a writing style to just jump right into action with a story, and give explanations as you go, but this was that and more.

My other struggle was the ending. The story just stops. You know the characters are alive, and kinda how they survived the final main event, but not how anything is resolved. There is a little over one page of a character kinda waking out of unconsciousness where is is confirmed the two main characters are alive, but that is all. The next book is years later, and centers around new characters and just mentions these characters in passing.

If you haven't read the Old Kingdom series yet, stop what you're doing RIGHT NOW and pick up Sabriel. Or listen to the audiobook-- Tim Curry is an amazing narrator. An absolute must for fantasy fans, there are now 5 books in the series set in a world where the dead sometimes need help staying dead.

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