Friday, 2 June 2017

Review: Sabriel (Abhorsen #1) by Garth Nix

Book: Sabriel 
Author: Garth Nix  
Series: Abhorsen #1 
Rating: 5/5
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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. 
With Sabriel, the first installment in the Abhorsen series, 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.

My Thoughts 

Sabriel is an amazing pure high fantasy novel, one of the classics of its age. As a child of Tolkien; I am used to the joy of high fantasy, magic, bold outstanding characters and adventures, which all came together to make a beautifully written novel.

The book starts with a girl who is as any teenager of her age; at school. Not only a school for girls but it taught magic. She was learning magic to become the next Abhorsen (that person who sends the restless dead back where they belong) in another word and in pure good means Necromancer. 

Being the Abhorsen was not an easy job; Sabriel was far from being one with years but the bad fortune got her father and she now must travel to the Old Kingdom and see what happens for her beloved father. That's when my job begins. The Abhorsen had a wonderful study; I have dreamt of living in his house for years, adding to meet the mystical Maggot which is a cat like no other.

The magic in the story is unique, pure and well written. Nix created a system of bells and charter magic to return the souls back behind the gates; the dead should stay dead. Although some tried to break the laws like our villain and his army of the undead.

The Characters were delightful to read, my favourite is Maggot that I thought he might hit them on the head most of the time and scream "Fools". Touchstone whom I felt close to because of his selfless attitude and the fact does not think himself as royal. Sabriel the brave smart girl who saved the day.

The Touch of Darkness is what you will enjoy about this book; not pure dark fantasy but a touch of terror at the last few pages. That kept me sleepless for days. Shockingly as dreadful as it's very well written.

The world was believable; half medieval with magic, horses and dark castles and the world beyond the wall reminded me of Europe during the WWI. Still, was written with deep balance and you won't feel off while reading.

Overall, Fans of classic Fantasy will enjoy Sabriel. It's time to get back where the world was just good, evil and those who were in between.


I had a strange story with Sabriel which is I got it during a book fair from the Egyptian-American Bookstore when I was telling the book salesperson about my blog, how I love reading and I can tell how the book belongs to a genre by its cover. My eyes caught Sabriel and I told him that this is a book I will love. I moved along the fair looking for  Eragon and Eldest which I've got.
I had 40 left and wanted more. I got back to 
the Egyptian-American Bookstore and seems he felt that I am a real Fantasy lover; I got the 55 L.E. book with 40 L.E. only. He told me "you can have it. Enjoy your Fantasy book".

On the next day's morning back when I was 18 which makes it 12 years ago; I started reading Sabriel and finished till page 100. Then the book was forgotten, I have no idea why but I tried to finish reading it back in 2013 and finally got to read it till the last page in 2017. It was a curse but I broke it.

Now, you go read and tell me your stories with books.

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  1. I seriously want to read this one!! I feel kind of bad for not having read it yet since the author is Aussie and I tryyyyy to read more Aussie fantasy.😂 I'm really glad you enjoyed it. AND MAGIC IS SO MARVELLOUS OMG. Need.

    1. You have to read this one, it was amazing read. Indeed take me 12 years because I kept losing the book (a very long story of moving between Egypt and Kuwait). It's worth the time. MAGIC IS JUST AWESOME.


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