Book Review: Sabriel

Tilte: Sabriel
Author: Garth Nix
Series: Abhorsen #1
Genre: Fantasy
Publication Date: September 30th 1996
Publisher: Harper Collins

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 destiny.

With Sabriel, the first installment in the Abhorsen trilogy, Garth Nix exploded onto the fantasy scene as a rising star, in a novel that takes readers to a world where the line between the living and the dead isn’t always clear—and sometimes disappears altogether.

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My Review:
Sabriel was so good. Sabriel takes place in two places, The Old Kingdom and Ancelstierre. Sabriel (the main character) was born in the Old Kingdom but went to boarding school in Ancelstierre. Sabriel and her father can bring the dead to life or put them to rest. When a person can do this they are called Abhorsen (the title is passed down thew generations).
Sabriel is such a strong female character. She goes thew so much during the book, but still has the strength to complete her mission. Also Touchstone is just an amazing gentlemen. The other main character is Mogget the cat (I want a cat just like Mogget). You need to get Sabriel because it was just so good. And the ending wants me to do anything to get Lirael(the second book). I give this book five stars.

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About The Author:garth nix
Garth Nix was born in 1963 in Melbourne, Australia, to the sound of the Salvation Army band outside playing ‘Hail the Conquering Hero Comes’ or possibly ‘Roll Out the Barrel’. Garth left Melbourne at an early age for Canberra (the federal capital) and stayed there till he was nineteen, when he left to drive around the UK in a beat-up Austin with a boot full of books and a Silver-Reed typewriter.

Despite a wheel literally falling off the Austin, Garth survived to return to Australia and study at the University of Canberra. After finishing his degree in 1986 he worked in a bookshop, then as a book publicist, a publisher’s sales representative, and editor. Along the way he was also a part-time soldier in the Australian Army Reserve, serving in an Assault Pioneer platoon for four years. Garth left publishing to work as a public relations and marketing consultant from 1994-1997, till he became a full-time writer in 1998. He did that for a year before joining Curtis Brown Australia as a part-time literary agent in 1999. In January 2002 Garth went back to dedicated writer again, despite his belief that full-time writing explains the strange behaviour of many authors.

He now lives in Sydney with his wife, two sons and lots of books.


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