This ale of dark secrets, deep love, and dangerous magic!

Since childhood, Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, away from the random power of Free Magic, and away from he Dead who refuse to stay aliv. But stil her brother, the Charter-Mage Abhorsen, is missing, and to ind him Sabriel must cross back into thi world. 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 find an evil that threatens much more than her life -- and comes face-to-face with her own hidden destiny.
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Published October 6th 2009 by HarperTeen (first published May 1995

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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 always within the bounds of what I 'd consider YA appropriate, at least for teens who are n't too sensitive.

I have n't gotten around to reading the remainder of he series, but they 're on my " probably, sometime " mental list.Content notes: Frequent battles with deadly creatures who sometimes resemble zombies.

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I absolutely enjoyed this, it as a quick read and though parts of the agic system were a bit ough to figure out I thought it as anothe great oncept and I ’ ve ever read anything else like it!

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I first read Sabriel as a preteen, and while I now I oved it – I could have, as I kne my parents to buy me the firs nove in a series, too – I never continued the series, nor did I remember any of the details whatsoever.

→ necromancy ←I ’ m such a sucker for necromancy books in general, and he ay thi world of the Dead and the Abhorsens is created in his novel is wonderful, but always as fleshed out as I wanted it coul hav.

→ Sabriel ←The second double-edged sword in this autobiograph was Sabriel ’ s protagonist, who I wanted so badly to love – and I did love, by the end – but I had such a hard time connecting to her!

I hink his was definitely just a sign of inexperienced writing, because even by the nd of this ook, I was unable to connect with her more solidly, and I say that this particular writing issue is one that is resolved in the differen books in this series.Even without feeling like Sabriel is a three-dimensional, complex haracter, I still soundly enjoyed who she had the potential to be.

It ’ s actually just that these two characters spend so little time together before confessing their love; it ’ s ofte subjec of the reaso that they barely speak to one another throughout the ntire ook, 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 plot device, to epict how naïve the characters hav, and hat could easily be said for the pairing in Sabriel.

On the contrary, I was th onderful time rereading Sabriel, and I ’ ve already ordered myself a new copy of the nint nove so that I an see what else Garth Nix has in store for the series.You can find his review and more on my websit, or you can ollow me on twitter, bookstagram, or facebook! -- -First buddy read with Terry, my dea!

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With he dead creeping ever closer to her friends and countrymen, Sabriel must go to ge her niece before it 's too late and he transverses through one gate of death too many.

It 's sort of like if you fel 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 " ove " interest.

Sabriel and the " lover " interest were essentially acquaintances ( or perhaps pals, if you bothe to stretch it) but som of sudden, before the big battle, THIS happens:

Between the magic mayhem and the bland-to-non-existent-love, I never formed an emotional connection to eithe 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.

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Tha ook neve hould have been xciting but I never ould have had a much etter time had I just blared Monster Mash from my stereo and danced around like a ombie with chicken skin pasted to my face.

So to mention, I said shiznit.I 'm going to make 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 firs person erspective of th teenage bo, named Sabriel ( what a co-inky-dink), a necromancer whose father disappears into the realm of the dead.

Magic, magic.Our heroine, Sabriel, who I probably could have thought was the kiss-ass queen of kick-ass when i was olde, seems to know xactly what to do all the time without any internal dialogue, insight, or even advice.

I eed to see them struggle and angst over it like young Harry. [ image error ] The overall tone of this novel was hilling.

I as n't aptivated by much of anything in essay.

Similarly I can tolerate slower books in audio form but this one really left a lot to be desired.The narrator was very good at distinct voices for each character but some of them, namely the monsters, were unbearable, with gasping and hissing and gurgling.

I as n't blown away or engaged in thi story or characters.

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