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)
A coming or age story. Sabriel knew her father's work, knew her talents aligned with his, the dead. She didn't what she was getting into when her father sent her The Bells, and required her to return to her birth place.
This is a great story, wonderfully narrated by British actor Tim Curry. The first in a series of 3 (Lirael, Abhorsen), it's a completely original world that Nix creates and the story is engrossing every step of the way.
Great story, and good narration by Tim Curry. But that creepy horror-movie music at the end of the story was a bad choice, didn't fit the tone of the story at all, made no sense.
This story pulled me in from the opening line, and Tim Curry's narration couldn't have been more on point. The world Garth Nix created is incredibly complex and very different from the one we know, but it was introduced in such a gripping way that the gaps in your knowledge are filled quickly.
Also, Tim Curry is a genius. There couldn't have been a better choice for someone to read this book, it was a perfect blend of easy listening and subtle creepiness - completely fitting for the dark subject matter. I need him to read all of my textbooks.
I am a huge fan of Tim Curry, I have been since I was a child. I grew up watching Clue and The Three Musketeers, loving how well he played a villain. When I first read this book, almost 20 years ago, I fell in love with it and the following two. When I looked up the audio version of this book, I was beyond excited to see it was read by Tim Curry! He also reads the next two! I can't wait to listen! His performance is wonderful, the story is exciting and well written it is a gem. Currently my favorite audio book, sure to be at the top of my list for years to come.
I really wanted to love this. I am a fan of Tim Curry, and his narration was great, but the plot just didn't pull me in, I didn't care about the characters.
I first read Sabriel probably 13 or so years ago now when I was in middle school or late elementary school; likely I chose the book because of the intriguing cover art. I read it, and LOVED IT. To this day there were turns of phrase and certain lines in the book that I remembered verbatim -- that's how skilled a writer Mr. Nix is. Most books I adored when I was an adolescent don't stand up as well to future re-reada as an adult, but Sabriel was actually even BETTER than I remembered. It is a thoroughly plotted, very tight, and well-paced book -- on top of being BEAUTIFULLY written. Seriously, Garth Nix has a grave, poignant, and resonant way with words. Everything about this book was a pure pleasure to partake in. 'Young Adult' my ass -- this book is in no way diluted to cater to a younger audience, except perhaps in that some of its primary characters are barely adult-aged.
But, I digress. My point: Sabriel stands not only the test of time, but actually comes out the better for it. Read this book. It is a treasure.
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