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14 February 2007

Sabriel (Abhorsen #1)

Sabriel is the first book in the Abhorsen trilogy by Garth Nix. Technically it is classified as young adult fiction. But for some reason, fantasy and science-fiction seems to place all of the best books under young adult.

Sabriel takes place in a world that is somewhat different from ours. Actually, the world in the book is divided into two nations - the Old Kingdom and Ancelstierre. Ancelstierre is similar to our world but perhaps a few decades behind us in technology. The Old Kingdom is where magic takes place.

Sabriel was born in the Old Kingdom but was sent to Ancelstierre to boarding school. She has little practice with magic but is called to the Old Kingdom when her father, the Abhorsen, goes missing. Along the way, she picks up some helpers (I use the term loosely here!) and makes her way through out the Kingdom in search of her father. Each step they take further into the Old Kingdom leads them closer to a battle with the forces of life and death.

This book was amazing. And each of the three in the series is better than the one before it. In my opinion, this series blows The Lord of the Rings away!

Nix, G. (1995). Sabriel. New York: Harper Collins.

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Blogger rew said...

this is one of my favorite trilogies. period. glad you included it!

14 February, 2007 15:20  

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