Sabriel (Abhorsen Series #1) (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Sabriel (Abhorsen Series #1) (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

by Garth Nix
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Sabriel (Abhorsen Series #1) (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) by Garth Nix

Since childhood, Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, away from the power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who refuse to stay dead. But now her father, the Mage Abhorson, is missing, and Sabriel must cross into that world to find him. With Mogget, whose feline form hides a powerful, perhaps malevolent spirit, and Touchstone, a young Charter Mage, Sabriel travels deep into the Old Kingdom. There she confronts an evil that threatens much more than her life'and comes face to face with her own hidden destiny. . . Garth Nix's first young adult novel, Sabriel was recently nominated for the Aurealis Award for Excellence in Science Fiction in Australia.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780606354998
Publisher: Demco Media
Publication date: 06/03/2014
Series: Abhorsen Series , #1
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 1,180,036
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 1060L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Garth Nix grew up in Canberra, Australia. Besides being a full-time writer, he has worked as a sales rep, publicist, editor, marketing communications consultant, literary agent, and part-time soldier. He is the author of Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen, the books in the internationally bestselling Abhorsen trilogy, as well as Shade's Children and The Ragwitch. He now lives in Sydney, a five-minute walk from Coogee Beach, with his wife, Anna, his sons, Thomas and Edward, and lots of books.

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Sabriel (Abhorsen Trilogy Series #1) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 541 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
it was an excellent read from start to finish. although there could have been another book on sabriel and the romance between her and touchstone also the aftermath of the huge battle and what happened to the students and teachers at wyverly college. it was still an excellent book. it had me hooked from the first page and i couldn't put it down.
Kamui_Hitokiri More than 1 year ago
Sabriel is definitely a masterpiece. I have read this book probably 9 times now. No kidding! I first picked the book up in 2001 when I was in high school. I can honestly say that this was the first book I actually "read" straight through without hardly putting down. The character development is very well done. Specifically with Sabriel coming into her own as The Abhorsen. Mogget, the cat, is a very funny comic relief, where as, Touchstone the sworn sword for her, is the strong silent type. All three characters blend together to make a wonderful fantasy novel. It's full of action adventure, suspense, comedy little romance. Everything a good novel should be. I would suggest to anyone who is a fantasy fan, read this book and the entire series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this treasure of a series in high school. I loved it and shared the books with who ever would take me up on my offer. It is such a creative series, dark, magical... i am now inspired to read it again!
Jazi-Jazz More than 1 year ago
I came across this book when I was looking for things to read on Vacation. So, I got bunch of excerpts on the EBOOK library and this book, after that small little thing I just could NOT put this book down! I had to read more! It's captivating, sweet, and adventurous. Definitely not a story line I expected, but it was so good. Sabriel is such an interesting character, I was intrigued to the very end. I can't wait to read the next book.
aliciainlove More than 1 year ago
I read this book a few years ago and just absolutely fell in love. I can't admit much more than that because it's been too long since I've read it to remember it in detail. I do remember the story line being unique and intriguing, and I really admired Sabriel's character. I misplaced the book during 1 of my many moves, so I actually ordered it through Barnes and Noble so I can read it again. I am so excited. :)
MadeyeMoody More than 1 year ago
I just began reading this book a few days ago and usually its really hard for me to get through books but Sabriel has really been a blast to read and i am really enjoying it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally! Something that I could get hooked on again! I haven't been this excited about a book, or book series, since last year and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows. Contrary to a few others, I personally think that the beginning moved quickly, but gave the background details through the book. It was wonderfully written and the characters developed, even if not as much as I've seen. Can't wait to read the next ones! Plus the love! Oh the love!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I remember I had started this once and it wasn't for me - ran across reference to some other books and thought maybe I would give it another chance, because I couldn't remember exactly why I didn't care for it - well now I do, for me it doesn't have anything that catches the attention and holds it enough to want to keep pursuing it, in other words very boring - although some might like it
TheLoon More than 1 year ago
Magic. These books are for those of you who just love magic. Nix, in some ways, is an excellent writer of adventure, tension and pace. First class. However, by the second book I was fed up and annoyed with all the magic. Every situation, good or bad, dire or minor is solved, resolved, developed or renewed by more, you guessed it, more magic. How will this terrible problem that can not be resolved by even the most powerful magic be resolved? New magic. Revealed magic. Magic by the cat, magic by the dog. Magic out of the past, magic from the future. For me it just ceased to be interesting because you know what is coming next. More magic. There just is not anything magic can not do. So, if that is what you want, this will be great for you.
shemesh More than 1 year ago
"Sabriel" is a fantasy novel set in a well fleshed out world, and it puts a new spin on the classic tale of necromancy. It made in interested in a genre of fiction I had never previously given a chance due to stereotypes. In addition to having a captivating story, the novel features one of the best written female characters I have ever had the pleasure of reading about. Sabriel is easy to sympathize with, and she is thoroughly developed as a character. The book is worth reading simply to follow the development of her character. Readers who care more about the plot than they do about the main character, however, won't be disappointed by the story either. The author, Garth Nix, has also written other successful fantasy series, such as the "Keys to the Kingdom," series. He is skilled at world creation, and is good at using figurative language to immerse the reader into the world he is developing. I would recommend "Sabriel" because of its story, its fascinating setting, its main character, and its style. 
mikialama More than 1 year ago
I read this book MANY years ago when it first came into the high s hool library where I taught. At that time, there was only the one book, no series yet and I remember thinking what a shame it was when the story just ended. I was truly pleased to see it listed as the daily find and even more pleased to see that the  book.has grown into a series at last. If you enjoy authors like Tamora Pierce or even the Graceling books, you will mostly certainy like this series as well. Thanks for bringing back an old friend, BN! 
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Daisy44 More than 1 year ago
Actually, 4 1/2 stars; I'm taking off half a star because while the setting is definitely another world the author used known lunar cycle terms, but reversed them. Example, Sabriel talks about the new moon, but then describes how the bright moonlight helps her find her way along the path. As we know it, a new moon does not provide light, but the full moon does. So that was rather confusing. Overall, this was a really good read. Mysterious opening, boarding school (briefly), a quest over a wall into an old world filled with magic, chaos, and a power hungry spirit thing. Not to mention a white fluffy cat with attitude (in more ways than one). Sabriel begins life with a rough start. Life doesn't get easier for her either. Her quest shows how little she knows about what must be done, but also that much of her training came when her father visited her at school. Her education in all things building up to the quest was book learning, not quite as practical or hands on. She is courageous, valiant, and steadfast. There were times when a popular line from Hamlet would spring into my head, "Methinks the lady doth protest too much." Overall, she is a mighty girl. Mogget, love the cat, not so much his alter ego...until... Touchstone...(swoons). He kind of reminds me of Nancy Drew's Ned. Doesn't say a lot, but has a strong presence and is there when needed. This is the first of several books in the Abhorsen series. The beginning and first part of the Sabriel's quest moved at a slower pace than the second part of her quest. I enjoyed every moment. As the stars note, I really liked it. It was pretty close to amazing.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been asked why I haven't read SABRIEL yet for as long as I've been reading fantasy, and I finally understand why that is. Though the story took me a couple chapters to fully immerse myself in, and the world-building was initially somewhat off-putting, Sabriel herself fascinated me as soon as she mentioned how her journeys into death had grown her power, yet cost her her innocence. In a lot of ways, SABRIEL feels like a quintessential YA novel to me because it is all about journeys. The journey from childhood to adulthood, innocence to experience, the paths we walk through life and death as we leave our families and friends behind and meet people we might never expect. There's a quote that appears often throughout the story: Does the walker choose the path, or the path the walker? I can safely say that I'm eager to walk Sabriel's path with her to its conclusion, and more than a little ashamed that it took me so many years to realize it existed. A gorgeous, heart-stopping fantasy that more than deserves its place on the classics list.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A bit quick on the romancr, but otherwise I'm a big fan of this.
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Wonderful work from Garth Nix.
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A total immersive world full of creative writing and wonderful characters.
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See headline.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books i have ever read. Following sabrial through some of the most facinating events in her pursuit to find her father will introduc you to new magics, monsters and on of the coolest depictions of death i think there is. I strongly encourage reading this book an its following books; Lirael and Abhorsen.
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