For many years Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, away from the random power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who won't stay dead. But now her father, the Mage Abhorsen, is missing, and to find him Sabriel must cross back into that treacherous world - and face the power of her own extraordinary destiny.This beautiful edition includes part of the original hand-written manuscript of Sabriel, an explanation by Garth Nix of his writing process, and a guide to the Necromancers' Bells. 'Sabriel is a winner, a fantasy that reads like realism. Here is a world with the same solidity and four-dimensional authority as our own, created with invention, clarity and intelligence.' PHILIP PULLMAN'Passionately exciting, full of intriguing characters and stunning scenery, Sabriel is sheer enjoyment.' THE TIMES'Weaving horror and fantasy into a rich, original story ... a powerful, gripping quest.' THE AGEWinner of the Aurealis Award for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
In this first book of Australian writer Garth Nix’s acclaimed Old Kingdom teen fantasy series, the young magician and necromancer Sabriel Abhorsen embarks on a perilous search for her father. Journeying through a lawless land of malevolent spirits and deep into the realm of the dead, Nix’s valiant heroine learns the rich and troubled history of her homeland—and comes to understand her ancestral responsibility to protect and defend it. With splendid detail and frightening realism, Nix describes the wondrous Old Kingdom, where ancient spells of Charter Magic and enchanted bells can subdue gruesome Mordicants, ghostly parasites—and those Dead who refuse to rest.
PW gave a starred review to this Australian fantasy about a young necromancer, calling it "rich, complex, involving, hard to put down." Ages 12-up.
An exiting, gripping tale that involves modern technology with an ancient kingdom on the brink of Death (literally). I think that, although the book was slow to start, and was repetitive in the first hundred pages, it did pick up midway and finished on a high.
By far my favourite book.
Love the whole series!
One of the most amazing books ever written. Sabriel is a beautifully written character, and this is a phenomenal start to a phenomenal series.