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3.5 stars Death and what came after death was no great mystery to Sabriel She just wished it was Sabriel and her father have a very unique brand of magic They can communicate with the dead and the damned from the Old Kingdom.Only they can confront such creatures and send them back to the gates of death.Then, during the first semester of Sabriel s school, her father, the Abhorsen, goes missing and Sabriel is unwittingly promoted to the Abhorson Does the walker choose the path, or the path the walker With the dead creeping ever closer to her friends and countrymen, Sabriel must go to find her father before it s too late and he transverses through one gate of death too many Do not tarry, do not stop, no matter what happens I ve heard so many wonderful things about this onethat Iwelll.I expected a little bit I just never felt a connection to this book the magic, the characters, the plot all meh to me.This book relies heavily on Charter Magic which, from what I can tell, involves speaking certain words and following strict rules that are never fully explained to the audience.The most frustrating part is that there s no build to the magic, it s just there It s kind of like if you jumped into the seventh Harry Potter book without the first few novels of magical background it was frustratingly complex.The other thing that really bugged me was the love interest Sabriel and the love interest were essentially acquaintances or perhaps pals, if you want to stretch it but all of a sudden, before the big battle, THIS happens I love you, he whispered I hope you don t mind And I m just sitting there like, what When did this happen Between the magic mayhem and the bland to non existent love, I never formed an emotional connection to any of the main characters or the plot other than Mogget Mogget was the shining star in the clouded night.It felt like I was being dragged on a journey rather than eagerly plunging into a new series Maybe I ll feel connected in book 2 Anyone else feel the same Audiobook CommentsRead by Tim Curry and honestly this audio did the book NO favors It was SO frustrating to have all these really cool concepts and absolutely NO excitement from the narrator No tone No characterization other than Mogget.Blog Instagram Twitter 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 Ah shiznit I just used a Disney movie to demonstrate how grown up I am Not to mention, I said shiznit.I m going to give you my bored face half hearted summary because the story is way to convoluted to go into much depth without lulling myself into a coma.Sabriel is told from the third person perspective of a young girl, named Sabriel what a co inky dink , a necromancer whose father disappears into the realm of the dead She tasks herself with going to retrieve him because she believes he s still alive Blah, blah Monster, monster Magic, magic.Our heroine, Sabriel, who I probably would have thought was the kiss ass queen of kick ass when i was younger, seems to know exactly what to do all the time without any internal dialogue, insight, or even advice Not to mention training How did she know all this stuff Because she was destined to become the Abhorsen Maybe that would have worked for me when I was young, naive and believed that I was going to marry Han Solo But now, I need to see the character work and earn the right to their abilities I need to see them struggle and angst over it like young Harry image error 3.5 Re read on audio Tim Curry rocks the narration 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 happening at first She received his sword and other things through a messenger She was to be the next Abhorsen of sorts This message takes Sabriel on a journey to find her father and find and kill the evil that is happening across the land It s a bit creepy at parts which is good She has a sidekick named Mogget that she picks up at her fathers house He s a cat and he talks and he is really something different And he is also bound from being free Then they pick up one person that Mogget names Touchstone and he was a guard to the Queen There s a big story there but you can read it yourself They go on a journey to get away from the evil that is trying to kill Sabriel while trying to set things right Sabriel has powers herself but she can only do so much The end of the story was pretty amaze balls I look forward to the rest of the books Happy Reading Mel MY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading List REVIEW 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 Ancelstierre s inhabitants A wall separates the two countries Near the border some magic crosses the Wall, especially on days when the wind is blowing out of the Old Kingdom Since the fall of the Royal Family, dangerous entities roam, ranging from the undead to powerful sorcerers and Free Magic elementals 2006 1383 291 9648662002 1391 580 9789643698218 1393 580 9789645369734 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 chief or Abhorsen, and are in the process of taking over the kingdom It s up to Sabriel and her companions, a talking cat with mysterious powers and a once sorta dead for 200 years guy, to try to turn things around.This is a well written and enjoyable fantasy, occasionally a little on the grim and gruesome side, but still within the bounds of what I d consider YA appropriate, at least for teens who aren t too sensitive Garth Nix creates an intriguing and imaginative fantasy world This is also the first book in a series, but it doesn t leave you hanging off the edge of the virtual cliff It works quite well as a stand alone read I haven t gotten around to reading the rest of the series, but they re on my probably, sometime mental list.Content notes Frequent battles with deadly creatures who sometimes resemble zombies Some good characters die The sexual content is very mild, but there s a scene where a character overhears lovemaking in the next room, and a somewhat ahem detailed description of a naked statue view spoiler who turns into an actual naked man, but that doesn t lead where you might be pardoned for thinking hide spoiler .Free Epub ♂ 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 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. 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 story is about Sabriel s journey to save her father and escape Dead creatures and the evil free magic being called Kerrigor Kerrigor doesn t want to stay dead and is going to destroy the world trying to reclaim Life Sabriel is a necromancer, her father the greatest necromancer alive, called the Abhorsen This is a bit grimdark lite There is violence, but not too many gruesome details.Sabriel picks up a couple sidekicks One is another free magic creature called Mogget As long as Mogget is bound by his collar, he looks and acts like a sarcastic small white cat When his collar comes off, watch out All bets are off.Sabriel also meets a Royal Guard named Touchstone who accompanies her on her quest He ends up becoming a romantic interest, but it s very romance light and nothing sappy or angsty I quite liked both Mogget and Touchstone Sabriel was a good positive female character Sometimes the pacing dragged, but there were some exciting scenes as well and GREAT world building I plan to continue listening to the series, as Tim Curry narrates them all and my library has them all too 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 should be dead into death and generally protects the living from the dead When her father goes missing Sabriel must leave her boarding school, travel over the wall into the Old Kingdom and face all sorts of enemies mainly dead or half dead or bodies taken over by dead spirits you get the idea With delightful descriptions such as this like an apple corer punching the Dead spirit out of the rotting corpse The main magic system is that of Charter Magic the use of symbols to create spells, and anyone who is a Charter Mage will have a symbol on their forehead to indicate this It was a fantastic and creative system The other characters were great Mogget the talking yet mysterious cat and Touchstone the poor chap who has been trapped for 200 years and has just been rescued I really enjoyed this, it was a quick read and though parts of the magic system were a bit tough to figure out I thought it was a great concept and I ve never read anything else like it Let this be my final lesson Everyone and everything has a time to die 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 met so many people who cherish this series that I just knew I had to reread the first book, and I m so glad that I did While this wasn t a perfect read for me by any means, it set the stage for what I genuinely believe is going to be an incredible series Does the walker choose the path, or the path the walker necromancy I m such a sucker for necromancy books in general, and the way the world of the Dead and the Abhorsens is created in this book is wonderful, but not as fleshed out as I hoped it would be I adored every single sentence about the world of the Dead, the bells, the magic, and the ways in which Abhorsens Sabriel s family of necromancers interact with all of the above, but it was never quite enough Had I gotten an extra 50 100 pages of pure, unadulterated world building, I believe this would have been a 4 star read for me, if not better.That said, the setup we do get is magnificent the act of necromancy is portrayed in such a fascinating and risky way, and the Dead themselves are downright creepy These aren t wispy ghosts and quiet whispers in shadowy halls these are looming, vicious creatures, on a mission to regain their status among the living, no matter the cost Death and what came after death was no great mystery to Sabriel She just wished it was Sabriel The second double edged sword in this book was Sabriel s character, who I wanted so badly to love and I did love, by the end but I had such a hard time connecting to her She feels very ingenuine for the first 2 3 or so of the book Any time she feels a particularly strong emotion, it s described to us, but in a way that feels too clinical and detached to relate to I think this was definitely just a sign of inexperienced writing, because even by the end of the book, I was able to connect with her solidly, and I hear that this particular writing issue is one that is resolved in the other books in this series.Even without feeling like Sabriel is a three dimensional, complex character, I still soundly enjoyed who she had the potential to be She s tough, intelligent, and warm, without an evil bone in her body I think the biggest reason her lack of development frustrated me was simply because, with better writing, I could have seen Sabriel becoming one of my absolute favorite heroines and, in fact, I do remember adoring her as a child I love you, he whispered I hope you don t mind romance Finally, the reason I just could not bring myself to give this book a higher rating insta love Funny enough, it was of an issue with the love interest than it was with Sabriel which, at the very least, was a refreshing change from the trope of the female in an f m relationship being the first to fall I won t give any spoilers, but I will say that the quote I used at the heading of this section actually made me laugh out loud and roll my eyes a little bit It s not just that these two characters spend so little time together before confessing their love it s also a matter of the fact that they barely speak to one another throughout the entire book, as most of their limited time together is a tumultuous, stressful, and fairly quiet journey.On the other hand, a fellow blogger recently gave me some interesting food for thought insta love can be used as a plot device, to depict how na ve the characters are, and that could easily be said for the pairing in Sabriel If that was the author s intentions, I can respect it, but I still don t feel like it was the best route in fact, I think my preference would ve been for this book to be entire romance free You are the fifty third Abhorsen, Sabriel I have not taught you as well as I should let this be my final lesson Everyone and everything has a time to die final thoughts All in all, this book has a lot of flaws, but it s got so much potential and such an interesting and unique storyline that I would ask you not to let this 3 star rating convince you for a moment that I didn t enjoy it On the contrary, I had a wonderful time rereading Sabriel, and I ve already ordered myself a new copy of the second book so that I can see what else Garth Nix has in store for the series.You can find this review and on my blog, or you can follow me on twitter, bookstagram, or facebook First buddy read with Terry, my love