“Sabriel” by Garth Nix

Saturday, October 22, 2011 - Book Reading
“Sabriel” by Garth Nix

Back of the Book:

Since childhood, Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, away from the power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who refuse to stay dead. But now her father, the Mage Abhorson, is missing, and Sabriel must cross into that world to find him. With Mogget, whose feline form hides a powerful, perhaps malevolent spirit, and Touchstone, a young Charter Mage, Sabriel travels deep into the Old Kingdom. There she confronts an evil that threatens much more than her life’and comes face to face with her own hidden destiny. . . Garth Nix’s first young adult novel, Sabriel was recently nominated for the Aurealis Award for Excellence in Science Fiction in Australia.

Ceridwen’s Review on

The magic in Sabriel is not stupid at all. Internally consistent and well thought out, magic is something other than a deux ex machina. (It was in that moment that I felt the power flowing through me! I totally threw the bad guy across the room, he dropped the Evil Widget of Badness, and vanished from Eternia forever!) (read the entire review here)

Pages: 496

Published: 1995-12-31

Format Read: ebook

[xrr rating=4.5/5]

The very worst thing about this book is that we miss all of Sabriel’s lessons. She already has a better than basic grasp of her skills and what she has to do, so to some extent seems like she can do everything because of destiny or fate. Her schooling is addressed in the book where it mentions that she did learn things, but it never has the main focus of our attention.

The very best thing about this book is Mogget! Mogget is incredibly awesome, but I can’t say anything other than he’s a cat or I would give away spoilers. o_O


This book will be placed under the 2011 E-Book Reading Challenge, the 2011 Fantasy Reading Challenge, the Aussie YA Reading Challenge 2011, and the iChallenges 2011.

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