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.
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"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)
I really enjoyed the narrators voices - gives the book a tone resembling a play. This is also a good book. Well thought out plot, no obvious resolutions; yes, good triumphs over evil but not without death and destruction of some of my favorite people along the way. Without giving away the plot, the characters have a chance to grow up and do take that chance, but not without some backsliding along the way to make things interesting.
Sabriel learns to use her powers through all kinds of odds overcomes her obstacles. She fights her fears and the dead. Garth Nix keeps you on the edge of your seat as you wait to what horrors Sabriel will conquer next.
Great fantasy adventure. I'm glad I didn't start listening to it when it first came out so I can go out and get the next books in this trilogy!
What a wonderful, original story. Tim Curry is fantastic as the narrator. He makes each and every character come alive!
I got this book after hearing the Phillip Pullman "His Dark Materials" series. Maybe if I had listed to Sabriel first I'd have liked it more, but it's no where near as good as Pullman's work.
That said, it is an interesting story and I love a good, strong female character. Tim Curry is always great to listen to.
I am 62 years old and I thoroughly enjoyed this series. Tim Curry is an amazing narrator and I will look for other books in which he is the narrator. My one criticism is that this series is listed under Audible Kids. These books are NOT for children, anymore than the last 4 books of the Harry Potter series are.I would, at the very least, assess a child's ability to separate fact from fiction before allowing him to read, or listen to, these books.
I probably wouldn't try another book by Nix.
I've read countless fantasy book series. This one was very dull.
I have to admit right off the bat I had no idea who Garth Nix was or anything about this performance prior to reading the publisher notes. I did a search for
As mentioned I'm a Tim Curry fan. He does a great job in this title as well.
Most certainly worth a good listen.
The story of a young woman sounds strange coming from an old man. I can't get over it-- it's kind of creepy and takes away from the storytelling, in my opinion.
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