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Abhorsen | [Garth Nix]

Abhorsen

Before she went to join Sam and Mogget downstairs, Lirael paused for a moment to look at herself in the tall silver mirror that hung on the wall of her room. The image that faced her bore little resemblance to the Second Assistant Librarian of the Clayr. She saw a warlike and grim young woman, dark hair bound back with a silver cord rather than hanging free to disguise her face. She no longer wore her librarian's waistcoat, and she had a long Nehima at her side rather than a library-issue dagger.
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Publisher's Summary

Before she went to join Sam and Mogget downstairs, Lirael paused for a moment to look at herself in the tall silver mirror that hung on the wall of her room. The image that faced her bore little resemblance to the Second Assistant Librarian of the Clayr. She saw a warlike and grim young woman, dark hair bound back with a silver cord rather than hanging free to disguise her face. She no longer wore her librarian's waistcoat, and she had a long Nehima at her side rather than a library-issue dagger. But she had kept her library whistle, tucking it into the small pouch at her belt. Though she was many, many leagues from any help the whistle might summon, she felt the need to cling to some small part of her past and her identity.

She had become an Abhorsen, Lirael thought, at least on the outside.

Don't miss books one and two of this trilogy! Sabriel and Lirael: Daughter of the Clayr.

©2003 Garth Nix; (P)2003 Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Abhorsen is an excellent denouement for a fantasy that is both literary and popularly accessible. Out loud, the powers of this future classic are intensified, especially through Curry's inspired dramatization." (School Library Journal)
"At once an allegory regarding war and peace and a testament to friendship, this thought-provoking fantasy also resolves the true identities of the popular Dog and Mogget characters and suggests that Nix may still have more tricks up his sleeve." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Ethan M. Cambridge, MA 10-11-06
    Ethan M. Cambridge, MA 10-11-06 Member Since 2000

    On Audible since the late 1990s, mostly science fiction, fantasy, history & science. I rarely review 1-2 star books that I can't get through

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    "A great conclusion to a wonderful series"

    First off - this is the last book in the trilogy starting with Sabriel, and continues the story from Lireal. While several years passed between the action in Sabriel and Lireal, this book picks up immediately from the cliff-hanger that ended Lireal. What does that mean? You need to listen to the first two books before reading this one - don't try to listen to them out of order!

    With that said, this book continues the remarkably good young adult series by Garth Nix, although the books are at least as well suited to an adult audience, especially Abhorsen, the darkest of the lot. Abhorsen revolves around a race to stop an ancient evil from being brought into the world, which sounds like a typical fantasy plotline, but in Nix's hands it is made fresh by his complex world and compelling characters. Tim Curry's reading is excellent, and, if not quite as inventive as the first two books, this provides an exciting and impressive conclusion, in which many mysteries are resolved from the rest of the series.

    If you like Philip Pullman, J. K. Rowling's more recent (darker) Harry Potter novels, or George R. R. Martin, you should strongly consider listening to this series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    ya romance junkie Athens, GA 07-05-08
    ya romance junkie Athens, GA 07-05-08 Member Since 2008

    mostly ya fiction... mostly...

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    "splendid"

    Firstly, the narration was extremely well-done. The only thing that I didn't like very much was Mogget's voice, though this is only a matter of preference, and I cannot fault the narrator for that.
    The book itself is very engaging and a good read/listen, though I have to agree with one of the other reviewers about the heroine: she is too whiney and distraught over something she really should have been used to by this point. Being a Remembrancer should be enough for her, especially since she's the only one in the world, but she can't seem to get over not being able to see into the future. This is tiring after a while. Other than that, it's a good story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew von der Ahe 10-08-07 Member Since 2013
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    "Good voice, good story"

    Tim Curry has a great reading voice. He loses his character's voices a couple times, but overall very good. The story is deep fantasy, with lots of complex, arcane magic; deep, inferred history; and evil necromancers. Story sags just a little near the end, but overall, Highly Recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Federal Way, WA, USA 07-29-07
    Michael Federal Way, WA, USA 07-29-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Amazing!!!"

    This is an excellent conclusion to the Old Kingdom series as well as a perfect conclusion to the story begun in Lirael. I would suggest reading the two previous books in the series first because this book picks up right where the last one left off. This means that the action begins in the first chapter, keeping your interest until the end. The main characters continue their journey to stop an ancient being from destroying the world. This book is filled with magical fights that would rival those in Harry Potter. You will NOT want to stop listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    chris Kelowna, BC, Canada 06-23-07
    chris Kelowna, BC, Canada 06-23-07 Member Since 2003
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    "Great fun"

    This is a worthy sequel to Lireal (sp?) which I also enjoyed. This book has a bit more depth. The talking dog and cat still made me roll my eyes a little (is it Disney or Jar-Jar?) but it didn't spoil the story. Plus they are more than they seem, like every other character in this book. The ending was satisfying and worth the two-book wait, although the last couple of pages were a little predictable. I had a hard time putting this one down.

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    Tanya Chicago, IL, USA 12-21-06
    Tanya Chicago, IL, USA 12-21-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Don't Miss This Thrilling Conclusion!"

    My only complaint is that it has to end!!!

    This series is remarkable on so many levels. Garth Nix is a genius at creating rich, fantastic worlds fraught with gritty emotion and thrilling excitement and this final installment in the "Old Kingdom" series does not disappoint!

    The characters are engaging, the story is tight, and Tim Curry is perfect.

    Don't miss this one!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Burghfield CommonUnited Kingdom 10-05-07
    Wayne Burghfield CommonUnited Kingdom 10-05-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Love Tim Curry"

    These are enjoyable stories but Tim Curry's narration make them special.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ken cypress, CA, United States 05-29-14
    Ken cypress, CA, United States 05-29-14 Member Since 2010
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    "An epic conclusion to an epic tale!"
    What made the experience of listening to Abhorsen the most enjoyable?

    Loved the series, no way i could have stopped before finishing the whole tale. I always looks at series as a whole story, so in a sense, this is just the final chapters of a book I enjoyed :-)


    What other book might you compare Abhorsen to and why?

    Sebriel and Lirael, similar characters, similar world, similar magic system... Almost identical come to thing of it, I wonder if he stole his ideas from those books, best look into it. :-)


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final conflicts are exciting and fun, a bit emotional too.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    If such a moment existed, would I spoil it for you by telling it to you now? No, I wouldn't. But yes, there are some powerful moments in this series.


    Any additional comments?

    Honestly, I almost don't see much reason to do reviews for books at the end of a series, because if you made it past the first, you'll likely enjoy the following books, and read them all regardless of what the reviews say, that is if you are like me. But anyway, I did enjoy this book, and the series as a whole. Not the best fantasy out there, but worth the credits certainly if this is your genre. Wish they had audio books of more of Garth's stories, loved the Seventh tower series too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Johan Durham, NC, United States 01-27-14
    Johan Durham, NC, United States 01-27-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Buy me now!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the series is very well done and the narrator is a perfect fit.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How the author and narrator capture the dialog of British world war 1 officer speech perfectly.


    Which character – as performed by Tim Curry – was your favorite?

    Any soldier or mogget.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Put this set of books as one series, like it is released as now. "the old kingdom trilogy" or the "obhorsen trilogy"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Doug D. Eigsti Colorado Springs, Colorado United States 12-12-13
    Doug D. Eigsti Colorado Springs, Colorado United States 12-12-13 Member Since 2011

    Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).

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    "Third Time Not a Charm"

    I made it to this third volume due chiefly to the soothing voice of Tim Curry. The first two held my interest better. I found the plotting and characterization in SABRIEL and LIRAEL to be more engaging. The coming of age drama of the first two books and the conflict over evil seemed more accessible and interesting. Here in ABHORSEN, the culmination of the series, the drama falls flat and the story nearly incomprehensible. Tim Curry is always entertaining. He is hampered here with a weak and thin story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "An Incredible Listen"

    This book is beautifully written, as is always the case with Garth Nix. I did not expect to find an audio version which even began to portray the beauty and depth of his world, but Tim Curry was definitely the right person to chose to do so. If you've read the series, or are simply looking to find out if it's any good, I would definitely suggest listening to this.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    KINGS LYNN, United Kingdom
    10/29/12
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    "Tim Curry"

    The very best thing about this audio edition of 'Abhorsen' is Tim Curry(Mr Curry read the first two parts 'Sabriel' and 'Lirael' also). I am 48 and have listened to each and every book countless times. He quite brilliantly brings the trilogy to life with his amazing readings. It is pure joy to have these books given and extra zing. You won't be dissapointed!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth
    St Albans, Herts, United Kingdom
    3/8/07
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    "Great"

    I couldnt wait to get into the third book of the trilogy. The narration was great and the story lived up to expectations. Excellent overall

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ms. H. Morris
    UK
    2/9/11
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    "Love it!"

    Having loved the books I got these audio versions and haven't been disappointed! The narrator does a fantastic job and I have had many happy hours listening! Already listened to them all twice! Fantastic!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • G
    9/8/09
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    "Sabrial and Larial by Garth Nix"

    Both these books are wonderful stories. Not just for kids either, I am 50 and have really enjoyed them. I am about to get the third and final part and I am sure it will not disapoint.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ian
    SheffieldUnited Kingdom
    2/16/09
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    "Awesome"

    Brilliant climax to a superb trilogy. Moves from the Sameth/Lirael 'discovering their identities' phase to riveting action. Brilliantly read, and wonderful characters. The Disreputable Dog and Mogget are witty and intelligent additions to the blossoming pair of Sameth and Lirael, for whom you find yourself rooting for more and more as the tension mounts. A great pity it had to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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