Review: Sabriel by Garth Nix
Title: Sabriel (Abhorsen #1)
Author: Garth Nix
Pub Date: September 1995
Pub Deets: Harper Trophy
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In a sentence or so: Necromancer Sabriel is off to save her father and lock down a seriously evil dead dude trying to cause all sorts of destruction among the living.
Sabriel’s finishing her last year of boarding school when she gets a letter from her dad, Abhorsen. He’s trapped in death and needs her help. Woefully unaware of how things work in the old kingdom, but determined to save her father, Sabriel heads out to her dad’s place to see what she can figure out from there. Once she gets to the old kingdom, things are bad. Like really bad. Charter stones, which are the source of her magic, are broken all over the place and clearly the work of some supremely powerful and evil force.
Sabriel partners up with a guardian in cat form named Mogget, suits up in all sorts of sweet necromancing gear and gadgets, and she’s off to save her father and probably the whole dang world while she’s at it.
This is one of the classic YA fantasy books, and I can totally see why. Heavy on the magic and adventure, Garth Nix writes for young adults but does so with a mature voice and lots of details. There were so many things to learn about Sabriel’s world, and I greedily gobbled them all up.
If you’re looking to start a new epic fantasy series that isn’t overwhelming, give Sabriel a go. I know I’ll be finishing up this series asap!
Fave quote: "But Mogget was silent. All Touchstone heard was the shuffling, wading, splashing of the Dead, as they slowly drew closer, like starving rats creeping up to a sleeping drunk's dinner." (211)
Pairs well with: A furry companion. While Mogget certainly won’t admit it, I’d bet he’d snuggle right up to you while you read.
Fix er up: The romance felt a little clunky and forced near the end. Like the editor told Garth Nix he HAD to have a romance in there and he was all OKAY FINE.
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