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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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.

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  • Michael
  • Federal Way, WA, USA
  • 07-29-07

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Tanya
  • Chicago, IL, USA
  • 12-21-06

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!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • chris
  • Kelowna, BC, Canada
  • 06-23-07

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Wayne
  • Burghfield CommonUnited Kingdom
  • 10-05-07

Love Tim Curry

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

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PRAISE

Tim Curry is our Lord and Savior. This narration is his gift to us, and Garth Nix the bringer.

We are not worthy.

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Blood, Sweet, and Tears.

This conclusion of the original "Old Kingdom" trilogy could not have been done better. I understand that the world has been further expanded by three other books, but if this is where you choose to stop you have picked and amazing final chapter.
The way this chapter of The Old Kingdom History closes will leave you satisfied and enthralled. From beginning to end it is a roller coaster of emotion. Garth Nix closed this portion of his story gloriously.
With Tim Curry's wonderful performance thrown in, it's a ride well worth the price of admission. Again, it is a story I would recommend to anyone.

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Tim Curry is the best.

A satisfying conclusion to the Old Kingdom series. Tim Curry killed it, especially as Mogget.

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  • Mr
  • 12-23-12

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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  • Ian
  • 02-16-09

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.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 03-08-07

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

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  • Jake Lovell
  • 12-04-17

As good as I remember from my childhood

Only criticism I can think of is the damned music that someone thought would be a good idea to slap on the last 30 seconds of the book that completely ruined all of the emotions of that scene.

That small niggle aside, brilliant book and a good reading of it.

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  • Gill Hancock
  • 11-10-17

Fantastic, gripping, human

Loved this book. Really wished they hadn't put the awful music at the beginning and epilogue though :( Read it anyway though. It's good.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-25-17

Tim Curry is the best narrator going

Garth Nix never fails to deliver. Possibly my favourite fantasy writer. Can't wait to listen to the new releases.

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  • DF
  • 10-01-17

As good as I remembered

It's been a few years since I last read the Old Kingdom trilogy, and this is the first time I have listened to the audio book versions.

I loved it. Tim Curry really brings the books to life. None of my usual grumbles that the narrator can't pronounce simple words, never mind the more obscure stuff fantasy demands.

I just hope the narrators for books 4&5 are as good!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-10-17

Incredible

Thank you Tim Curry for my journey through the Old Kingdom series. You made me feel every emotion the characters felt. I could vividly imagine the characters and the world they lived in. You've have done this series justice! You've led the characters with their accents and tonal sounds through the entire series without once changing the way they sound!

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  • Jonny
  • 06-20-17

Fantastic book

Fantastic book that truly transports you to another world, one of those books you just can't put down

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  • Jon
  • 05-09-17

An epic conclusion to an epic trilogy

I've just finished listening to a story I've read several times, and I'm sure I will read again. A fantastic end to a wonderful story, Tim Curry's work is perfect here, and finally getting big answers will please those for whom this is a new tale. Both Mogget and the Disreputable Dog are wonderful creations and the chapter under the house is genuinely frightening.

I'm sad that I've reached the end in all honesty. Great stuff.

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  • Jason
  • 08-11-17

Wonderous

Picking up where Lirael left off, Abhorsen is a wonderfully drawn conclusion to the trilogy. Tim Curry is at his best, bringing the characters to life, and Garth Nix's tale draws us right in. With heaps of magic, necromancy and ghoulish dead, the protagonists must strive hard to survive this epic tale. I personally had trouble getting through Sabriel. It wasn't a book I could read, but Tim brought it to life, and this book is well worth the hours of listening.

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  • R. E. Orkney
  • 03-11-17

spectacular

tim curry did such an amazing job at these three books that I worry about how the next narrator will compare.

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  • Alex Southwell
  • 12-13-16

just amazing

narrator was great as usual, amazing story, wonderful characters, I can't recommend this book higher, it is just amazing simply amazing

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-01-16

almost perfect

A few audio glitches but an otherwise excellent performance by Curry in the thrilling and emotional conclusion.

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  • James
  • 08-17-16

technical glitch

loved the story. loved time Currys performance. the audio occasionally could only be heard through one speaker though