Author: Garth Nix
Series: The Abhorsen Trilogy
Review by: CL2 Elinder15
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This book is an excellent book if you are into anything darkish such as necromancers and dark spirits from the dead, because that's what it is about. This book is strange and excellent in a way because it fuses modern day life, fantasy creatures and Lord of the Rings type characters and weapons all together in one. The story is about a young girl called Sabriel, daughter of Abhorsen the great necromancer. Only, Abhorsen goes missing and she receives tools of a necromancer. She embarks on a great quest into the old kingdom to get her father back.
During the first few parts of the book, I won't reveal too much but basically… Sabriel is living a usual life at Wyverly College. She receives a message and some necromancer tools from a messenger. Her father is missing and the quest begins. She is forced to leave the safety and comfort of Wyverly and enter the mysterious Old Kingdom were Free Magic and dead things roam freely.
The book has an interesting set of characters that you really get to know and like as the book goes on. There is Sabriel, of course, the main character in this book. Then there is the curious creature of Mogget. She meets this character when she finally arrives at Abhorsen's old house. This is when the story kicks in. Mogget is a cat but Sabriel senses, and it is later revealed, that there is more to him then just an ordinary talking cat. At this part in the story you are introduced into Charter Magic. Basically like the magic of Harry Potter's wand or the elven magic in Lord Of The Rings except in a stronger form.
Another two interesting characters are Kerrigor and Touchstone. There are plenty more characters but you should really read the book to find out about these. Kerrigor is the main evil guy. Every Abhorsen has been fighting this creature. It is described as one of the greater dead. Another evil character is also the Mordicant that hunts Sabriel all throughout the book, although I can't reveal much there. Touchstone comes in later in the book and is Sabriel's guide and protector throughout. He plays a major part as a link between Sabriel and Touchstone grows throughout the book.
This book is strange (but then so is every other book I have read). It has lots of twists and turns and at some points can be confusing. But if one part becomes confusing, you can guarantee that in the next chapter it will be cleared up. Apart from the main storylines of Touchstone's past, Abhorsen and the making of the Charter that is what the book is based about.
I liked this book because it isn't one of those soppy little romance books. It may sound a bit boring but it isn't. There is action every chapter and quite a few chapters. The book has two elements to it, one is the mystery wrapped around the storylines and two is the good against evil battle that carries on.
This book is worth reading and a friend of mine said that I should try it and my advice to you guys out there is try this book. Ask your librarian for Sabriel and when you have finished that ask for Lireal, its' sequel. I am working on that one now - check the review for that to see if sequels in books really are worth it. That's all in this review - hope you enjoyed it.