Ever since she was a tiny child, Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, away from the random power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who won't stay dead. But now her father, the Mage Abhorsen, is missing, and to find him Sabriel must cross back into that world.
Though her journey begins alone, she soon finds companions: Mogget, whose seemingly harmless feline form hides a powerful and perhaps malevolent spirit; and Touchstone, a young Charter Mage long imprisoned by magic, now free in body but still trapped by painful memories.
With threats on all sides and only each other to trust, the three must travel deep into the Old Kingdom, toward a battle that will pit them against the true forces of life and death, and bring Sabriel face-to-face with her own hidden destiny.
A tale of dark secrets, deep love and dangerous magic, Sabriel introduces Garth Nix as an exceptional new talent.
©1995 Garth Nix; (P)2002 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, An Imprint Of The Random House Audio Publishing Group
"It's an epic journey in a world as richly realized as Middle-earth and much darker and bloodier than Harry's trials at Hogwarts...Tim Curry brings authority to the reading, grounding the fantastic elements with nuance of character and depth of emotion. (AudioFile)
"Rich, complex, involving, hard to put down, this first novel...is excellent high fantasy." (Publishers Weekly)
"A page-turner for sure." (Booklist)
This book was recommended by s friend. I enjoyed the story- but I will admit to wondering why an elderly male voice was chosen for a book about a young female. I am on to the sequel...
More in the YA genre. I usually don't like YA so I should have guessed I might be disappointed in this. The whole novice necromancer learning on the job thing was kind of interesting and unique at first but eventually became rather formulaic and predictable. Sooo it was kinda cool but then got a little boring. Tim Curry does a great job narrating which saves some points. YA fans will probably love it. Just not for me.
A solid 3 stars though.
what I was hoping for. The narrator was decent, but a female voice might have been better. The quality of the recording was pretty mediocre.
The music was utterly inappropriate and annoying.
Otherwise Sabrial is an amazing story. I just wish it was better preformed.
I was suggested this title because my girlfriend knows that above all I love a well crafted world that you can just feel in all its aspects. This did not fail. It was also a tremendously well written take with some of the most unique characters I have ever read about and a chillingly dark feel that I can't get enough of. I highly recommend this book.
I like fiction(Rick Riordan),sci-fi(Orson S. Card), and vampires and werewolfs(LK Hamilton) to name a few.
I always loved this book but Tim Currey brings the magic of the charter back to life for me in a way I never thought possible for a book I've re read several times! I can't sing his praises enough.
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