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.
Sabriel is her last year at Wyverley College, a private school in Ancelstierre, where Magic does not work, but near the Border with the Old Kingdom, where it does. She and her father are also highly skilled necromancers, who fight the dead who seek to return to Life. But when her father is somehow trapped in Death, she must journey into the Old Kingdom to find him. She does not know that it is wracked by struggle (like that in Ursula LeGuin's The Farthest Shore)-a magician has brought chaos by refusing to die and hopes to use Sabriel and her father to further consolidate his power. Sabriel goes on a long journey throughout a densely imagined world, learning as she goes, and meeting such strange characters as Mogget, a raging natural force contained in the shape of a cat. She also develops a relationship with Touchstone, a young man who turns out to be as crucially involved as she is. Although Sabriel is possessed of much heavy knowledge ("A year ago, I turned the final page of The Book of the Dead. I don't feel young any more"), she is still a teenager and vulnerable where her father and love for Touchstone are concerned, making her a sympathetic heroine. Rich, complex, involving, hard to put down, this first novel, an Australian import, is excellent high fantasy. The suitably climactic ending leaves no loose ends, but readers will hope for a sequel. Ages 12-up.
Very good book
This is an amazing book. The first of the series, I would definitely recommend it. In league with Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings you won't be able to put it down. The series goes: 1.Sabriel 2.Lirael 3.Abhorsen