Sabriel

Sabriel 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

  • Title: Sabriel
  • Author: Garth Nix
  • ISBN: 9780064471831
  • Page: 160
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • 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 With Sabriel, the first installment in the Abhorsen seriSent 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 With Sabriel, the first installment in the Abhorsen series, 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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    About "Garth Nix"

    1. 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.

    772 thoughts on “Sabriel”

    1. I picked this book up from the library and noticed stickers on the book declaring that it was part of a reading challenge here in NSW for grades 7 8 This book is acceptable to read for 12 13 year olds Fuck me, can we turn around and go back to the library I asked my husband.He shook his head and smiled at me Just try it You never know It s for twelve to thirteen year olds No sex No swearing Minimum violence I don t fucking think so In the end, we brought it home and I sulked the whole way Howeve [...]



    2. This book really should have been exciting but I actually would have had a much better time had I just blared Monster Mash from my stereo and danced around like a zombie with chicken skin pasted to my face.Jedi knight of the living dead I feel like this was probably really cool in the 90 s and if I had read it then, as my pre Harry Potter 10 year old self I probably would have loved it But now, my brain has descended into different forms of oblivion and I laugh voraciously at danger.Ha ha haaaaa [...]


    3. Very good YA fantasy The adventures of Sabriel, an innocent young woman, and her run ins with various types of dead, undead, once dead, sorta dead and should be dead people and creatures Luckily for almost everyone concerned except the forces of evil and the dead ones they control , Sabriel is by heritage and training a necromancer, with a fair amount of power over death Unluckily, some of these once dead and should be dead creatures have apparently killed Sabriel s father, the necromancer in ch [...]


    4. 1.99 on Kindle December 21, 2017I ll be honest this is a book I never would have made it through unless I listened to it TIM CURRY did a fabulous and amazing job narrating this fantasy I suppose it s young adult, even though the book really begins with the main character being 18 Sabriel went to an all girl school for magic The story picks up near the end of her education She leaves because a messenger from her father sends her his bells and sword and she realizes he is in trouble.Most of the st [...]


    5. This was a really hard rating I was nowhere near as into this story as I expected to be, yet I LOVED the last 1 4 of the book and wanted to give it 5 stars after that ending But I can t deny most of it felt like a 3 star read So do with that what you will.My dad found this book at Goodwill when I was 11 and I let it sit on my shelf for years and then lost interest because I thought it was a middle grade story it s totally not But the publisher sent me an ARC of Goldenhand, so I figured I might a [...]


    6. Yes, said Abhorsen I am a necromancer, but not of the common kind where others of the art raise the dead, I lay them back to rest And those that will not rest, I bind or try to I am Abhorsen He looked at the baby again, and added, almost with a note of surprise, Father of Sabriel Oh, what a wonderful little book I loved Sabriel so much She was so tough and just got things done She received a message from her father and she knew things were not right She wasn t sure if he was dying or what was h [...]


    7. Then Sabriel hears it the massed grinding of Dead joints, no longer joined by gristle the padding of Dead feet, bones like hobtails clicking through necrotic flesh Now, I ll admit a book involving the dead or zombies if you will wouldn t be a normal pick for me Despite this, Sabriel kept my attention and there was plenty of magic and world building to hook me in Sabriel s father is the Abhorsen a necromancer with a difference He returns the dead to their resting place, sends creatures that shoul [...]


    8. I shall write a wee bit about my thoughts on this book as I read, for I do not trust my foggy brain to keep up with them if I wait until the last minute I like the juxtaposition of 20th Century early Ancelstierre with a medieval esque world of the Old Kingdom It threw me for a loop at first, how the prologue was very medieval pre Industrial , and the first chapter was modernesque I was thinking, are they immortal or something But further reading clears that up I don t read as much pure fantasy w [...]


    9. Possibly one of the greatest fantasy adventures of our times, Garth Nix s first novel is a lush, magical, dark witty adventure about a young woman s battle with the hideous Dead.The story starts with a flashback in which a special necromancer named Abhorsen saves his baby daughter Sabriel from a creature called Kerrigor, in the spiritual river of death Many years later, at an English esque boarding school, Sabriel must take up her father s magical sword and bells and try to find out what has hap [...]


    10. 1 Sabriel 2 Lirael 3 Abhorsen 4 Clariel 5 Goldenhand Five Great Charters knit the landTogether linked, hand in handOne in the people who wear the crownTwo in the folk who keep the Dead downThree and Five became stone and mortarFour sees all in frozen water.I first read Sabriel as a preteen, and while I know I loved it I must have, as I asked my parents to buy me the second book in the series, too I never continued the series, nor did I remember any of the details whatsoever In recent years, I me [...]


    11. Let this be my final lesson Everyone and everything has a time to die I really wish I had liked Sabriel than I actually did It had a decent idea, however, as I kept reading I continuously kept thinking about events in my life or my plans for the next day My mind kept drifting off because I was purely so bored I believe merely saying a book is boring isn t a convincing or a valid reason to conclude that the book wasn t good Have you ever read a book where endless things are happening after anoth [...]



    12. Sabriel Abhorsen 1 , Garth NixFirst published in 1995 It is the first in his Abhorsen Old Kingdom series, followed by Lirael, Abhorsen, and Goldenhand The novel is set in two neighbouring fictional countries To the South lies Ancelstierre, which has a technology level and society similar to that of early 20th century Australia, and to the North lies the Old Kingdom, where both Free magic and Charter Magic exist a fact officially denied by the government of Ancelstierre and disbelieved by most of [...]


    13. When an otherworldly visitor tells Sabriel that her father has been trapped in the world of the dead, she has no choice but to leave her student s life in Ancelstierre and venture into the Old Kingdom to save him There, in her father s absence, she must take up the mantle of Abhorsen, a necromancer charged with making sure that the dead stay dead Although she does not believe herself to be up to the task, Sabriel must make the journey, with only a mysterious talking cat named Mogget, and a re aw [...]


    14. Sabriel is a captivating and original tale of destiny.Does the walker choose the path, or the path the walker I picked up this book because Brandon Sanderson recommended it in his review for Goldenhand, the 5th book in the Abhorsen series He termed this as one of the fundamental experiences that helped me shape my philosophy on magic systems and worldbuilding With such an endorsement from my favourite author of all time, I cannot possibly pass over this book And I am glad that I didn t As a nove [...]


    15. Where was this book when I needed it 5 stars Seriously, this book was GLORIOUS If you want fast paced, will keep you on the edge of your seat, action packed book, this one is for you.Mogget is hands down my favourite character in this book He s so sassy and sarcastic and morbid and fluffy and I just love him It sounds like a terribly brilliant plan to me, muttered Mogget The genius of simplicity The character development of Sabriel and Touchstone was brilliant especially Sabriel s She s totally [...]


    16. Really enjoyed this one Although there wasn t much character development, I didn t really care because Sabriel is a total badass I m very excited for the sequel.


    17. Tim Curry narration OMG Imma gonna pee my pants So far a strong 3.5 storyline 5 Tim Curry His voice for the cantankerous cat spirit is superb This was quite engaging, especially the last couple of chapters I can see why it instantly became a classic YA fantasy series Sabriel searches for her father, the Abhorsen, a sort of necromancer, who is lost in the land of the dead Along the way she meets a spirit under the control of the Abhorsens for about fourteen centuries and a sailor nicknamed Touchs [...]


    18. The Good I ll start by saying that I would have loved this when I was 13 It is full of cool ideas the standard fantasy setting here is under threat from an undead wizard and its hordes, and also happens to border via a magical wall a setting analogous to early 20th century Britain All protected by a line of hereditary necromancers The action scenes are very well written, especially the ending, and there is the most badass cat I ve ever met in a book.The Bad I know this is intended for a YA audie [...]


    19. Wickedly amazing world building but sadly too little character portrayal, if that s even a thing It was too adventure driven for my taste and while the setting immediately fascinated me, I never felt like I knew the characters and thus could never rly connect with them.


    20. Karly *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*

      Possibly the greatest compliment that I could give this book is to say that it reminds me, in a non copy cat way, of the first fantasy series to really sweep me away in my teenhood That would be none other thanThe Belgariad Seriesby David Eddings Sabriel is a story about a badass heroine who is charged with saving the world I love that shit, guys The world building, although at times tedious, is amazing I love the way this world is created, how death itself is portrayed AND necromancers I love t [...]


    21. I have read many fantasy books and I can say with certainty that this is one of those stories that stand out Sabriel is a very unique, interesting, complex story Like many other fantasy books, it takes a little time to understand what is going on and really get into the story, but when that happens, you will most likely take a deep breath, dive in and refuse to come out before the end.Sabriel is a young girl but she is an adult inside A strong female character is a gem She is not annoying or den [...]


    22. 4.5 Stars Sabriel is such a wonderful story, really I absolutely adored it The only criticism I really have is that the magic was at times confusing and there isn t much character development That being said, I could really ignore most of that because Sabriel was so fabulous and the magic was so cool and Mogget was so great I m not really sure what else to say This book surprised me I didn t expect to love it as much as I did, but here I am absolutely loving it I can t wait to read the rest of t [...]


    23. UPDATED BELOW I started this and wanted to give up in frustration about one fifth of the way in But the book gets an awful lot of love from many well respected friends on GR and I m tempted to give it another go My problem was mostly with the quality of the writing, which I found awful, to be frank There are various things that just seem wrong, although one can make out the intended sense And there is much that just seems heavy and clunky odd word choices, labored explanations of the characters [...]


    24. Read this quite some time ago and have been meaning to get to the sequels for some time first I reread this one This is an interesting YA novel set in a world that is split There is Ancelstierre, the southern Kingdom which is a technological society about at the level of World War I era Earth that would be our Earth It seems much like the UK as they play rugby and cricket at the boarding schools There is no magic in Ancelstierre As a matter of fact they mostly regard magic and all things magical [...]


    25. This book takes an excruciatingly long time to really pick up its pace To be honest, if I had not bought this book about a year ago, I would definitely have quit I have picked it up and abandoned it quite frequently over the year, mostly because about 50 pages through the book, I would start yawning Now that is a privilege especially reserved for school textbooks, thus my reluctance But, once you go through those first mind numbing 100 pages, this book is actually pretty decent.The novel is set [...]


    26. 3.75 starsSabriel attends Wyverley College, a boarding school for girls on the Ancelstierre side of the Wall In addition to reading, writing and arithmatic, she studies Charter Magic and necromancy Her father, the Abhorsen, usually visits from the Old Kingdom once or twice a year He trains her in binding the Dead so they stay dead using The Book of the Dead, Charter Magic and the Bells When her father fails to visit, Sabriel grows worried and seeks to find him across the Wall in the Old Kingdom [...]


    27. piece of trash dont even bother starting this, i was bored the whole time Its totally weird and what the heck i never really got what they were doing and why they were doing it I never got what the bad guys were This book is confusing and so boring you dont even want to try to figure out whats going on Dont waste your time on this, you have better things to do like hitting your head agaisnt the wall.


    28. This book has so many great things going for it I almost don t know where to start Let s go with the title character herself, Sabriel At the beginning of the book, she s a relatively normal schoolgirl, suddenly thrust into a world that she has a limited understanding of and isn t entirely prepared for, with an incredible responsibility And she reacts quite admirably There s a certain reluctance to assume the full depth of her new responsibilities, but that has than a little to do with her entir [...]


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