April 24, 2019 by TinyNavajo
Sabriel (Abhorsen #1) by Garth Nix, narrated by Tim Curry
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*Published November 14, 2003*
Finally finished listening to this book back in March, along the next two, but I apparently never wrote a review for it! I need this written before I write a review for Lirael and Abhorsen, so here we go! Also, I apologize for not writing a post yesterday, I had an early shift and didn’t have time to write a post, SORRY!
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.
Sabriel, a girl so pale she should be a ghost herself is called upon to save the Old Kingdom, the country of her birth when her father, the Abhorsen, goes missing. As she makes her way to her birth country, she realizes that the training she has received from her father was nowhere near enough for what is now required of her to not only save the Old Kingdom, but to save those close to her as well.
Once Sabriel makes it to the Abhorsen’s house, she meets Mogget, one of my favorite characters ever! A free-spirit creature stuck in the form of a cat. He tells her that she is required to take on her father’s title and put the restless dead to rest, especially as there seems to be a greater dead spirit seeking to be free, to do what he started over 200 hundred years ago.
Sabriel and Touchstone, a Charter Mage who she woke up from an enchanted sleep of over 200 years, make their way not only to the old capital of the Old Kingdom, but to where the body of the Abhorsen is waiting for Sabriel. And something else is waiting for them as well. Something thought to be long taken care of.
What do you think of books that throw you and the main character right into a new situation without much warning? Do you enjoy books like this, or do you wish for more background information from the start? Comment below and let me know which you would prefer when it comes to your reading style!