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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.

ArapahoeStaff5 Oct 12, 2016

Absolutely fantastic read. A great story with a powerful female lead. Having a necromancer use a bandolier of several tuned bells to access different gates of Death was one of the most clever and imaginative things I've read in fantasy!

Jun 20, 2016

This is a very interesting fantasy series. Dealing with Death and necromancers, I found it a lot different than anything I've read before. I like the world where the modern is alongside the Old Kingdom. I found some parts confusing but I just went with it and kept reading. The only thing I didn't like was that the romance seemed kind of forced and not built up well. I recommend it if you like fantasy.

May 20, 2016

One of my favorite series of all time. The next book in the series, Lirael, is better than Sabriel but it's really the world building that makes this book. All of Nix's Old Kingdom tales are wonderful and I'm looking forward to the next one he puts out.

May 09, 2016

Sabriel is a solid series starter. The Old Kingdom setting with its hell creatures, curses and myths reminds me of the Demonata series by Darren Shan that I read as a teenager, and reading this story with some similar aspects as an adult, I'm confident that the writing will be appreciated by both audiences.

Nix's writing is serious, with a mythical tone and peppered with light moments for our young characters. It's really fun to read and although there are many questions about the Great Charters and Mogget, that need further explanation, I have no doubt that the sequels will be just as good if not better.

Jan 25, 2016

It was OK, I guess. there was very little romance, but a very interesting world.

vpl_childrens Dec 08, 2015

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.

May 15, 2015

Outlier here. Tried really hard to get into this book, but it was too fantastical for me. I can see how fans of the genre would love it though. The writing is pretty remarkable.

Chapel_Hill_KarinM Oct 27, 2014

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

PimaLib_JusdinaNB Oct 23, 2014

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!

PimaLib_JusdinaNB Oct 23, 2014

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!

Carrie_K Oct 15, 2014

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

CRRL_AdrianaP Dec 20, 2013

This is one of my most favorite fantasy books, hands down. We even named our dog Sabriel after the main character. Be sure to read the second and third books of the trilogy too, and then listen to the audiobooks because they are amazing. I try to reread this every few years to re-experience the magic.

p1rateluv72 Aug 29, 2013

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

Oct 11, 2012

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

Aug 24, 2012

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

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

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

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