Abhorsen by Garth NixAbhorsen by Garth Nix


byGarth Nix

Paperback | April 22, 2008

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The apocalyptic conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Abhorsen series—an epic fantasy experience not to be missed.

The Abhorsen Sabriel and King Touchstone are missing, leaving only Lirael—newly come into her inheritance as the Abhorsen-in-Waiting—to stop the Destroyer. If Orannis's unspeakable powers are unleashed, it will mean the end of all Life. With only a vision from the Clayr to guide her, and the help of her companions, Sam, the Disreputable Dog, and Mogget, Lirael must search in both Life and Death for some means to defeat the evil destructor—before it is too late. . . .

Garth Nix grew up in Canberra, Australia. Besides being a full-time writer, he has worked as a sales rep, publicist, editor, marketing communications consultant, literary agent, and part-time soldier. He is the author of Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen, the books in the internationally bestselling Abhorsen trilogy, as well as Shade's Chi...
Title:AbhorsenFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.83 inPublished:April 22, 2008Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0061474339

ISBN - 13:9780061474330

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! I was so excited to read this book after finishing Lirael because I felt like it ended with a cliffhanger, and this book felt so good to finish off the series. I nearly cried at the end… I’m so invested in the characters!
Date published: 2018-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great series This was a great ending to this series. Love the characters and the world
Date published: 2017-12-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My Favourite Series Definitely one of my favourite series of all time. I love the characters, the world, the magic.
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing setting Compelling story and beautiful setting. The magic and folklore of the series was my favorite part of the story.
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great End to a Series This book was a satisfying end to the series. The first time I read this as a teen it was a bit disappointing (or upsetting, rather), but I didn't understand as much back then. Now that I understand things better, it was a great ending. I liked Mogget's final involvement and reward - he is my favourite character of the entire series, and I was glad for what happened. Seeing Nicholas' decline, was sometimes gripping as I wondered what would happen to him up until the very end, and it was satisfying seeing Sameth and Lirael accept their positions at the end. I didn't like how the book switched to Sabriel and Touchstone's viewpoints as I feel like it didn't add very much to the story, and I wish that Sameth was able to react to a certain couple of deaths a lot sooner - that would have made for a bit more interesting story (and it was what I expected to happen), but I guess the scope of the story wouldn't have allowed for angst to get in the way of the journey. While not as good as the previous two books (and only slightly so), this was a good end to the series. The build up was a bit slow and not as grand as the ending deserved, but it was a great ending despite that and despite how sad it was; it wrapped up everything nicely and it felt like it should have ended that way. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favourite Fantasy Series A thrilling conclusion to the amazing Old Kingdom chronicles, with fantastic adventures, dark magic and frightening escapes! I keep re-reading these Old Kingdom chronicles over and over again, they're wonderful!
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quite simply amazing A breathtaking conclusion to the trilogy, with an even handed weaving of loss and joy. A series I'll make my kids read.
Date published: 2015-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ABHORSEN THE Old Kingdom Lirarl with disreputable dog both find ther power to save their worlds .with help ofEillmevel , Rick the Clayr's.allwith the weight of knowledgeof the Touchstone,Sabrielbind theDestoyer once again.
Date published: 2014-11-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Review of Abhorsen This book is great although the end made me cry it made me happy as well. I must say it is a wonderful book and I highly recommend it for any book-worms like me. I'd give it a five on five star rating with no hesitation. Excellent book.
Date published: 2014-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing conclusion This book, the final in the Abhorsen trilogy, blew me away. Fantastic, thrilling and a great way to end a series that will be around for a long time. I wish there had been more at the ending, there were a few questions I still had unanswered but I was still very satisfied with the book. The entire book was just as thrilling and magical as the two before it. Highly recommended!!!
Date published: 2008-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If i could, I'd give it more than 5 on the rating This book is absolutely amazing, a fitting end to one of, if not my favorite series'. Anybody who is looking for fantasy book(s), this Abhorsen Trilogy is the series for you. I cried at the end; those of you who have read the entire book know what i'm talking about. Hint: Woof!
Date published: 2008-02-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Satisfying Conclusion to the Trilogy The last book in the Abhorsen trilogy starts the moment after the second book ends. This is mostly a quest story as Lirael and Prince Sameth travel to save the world from the Destroyer. The prologue ends with a shocker that took me quite a few chapters to come to terms with and then I settled down into the journey part of the story. The journey lasts three-quarters of book and I found that at times it lagged and seemed overlong. The action did pick up around the halfway point though and the last 200 hundred pages were page-turners for me. Not quite so good as the second book, which is the best of the three in my opinion. A very satisfying ending that completes the trilogy nicely yet leaves one wanting more. Recommended.
Date published: 2008-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from one of my favorite series this story is about lirael a girl who just found out she is the next abhorsen and sabriel are trying to defeat orannis the destroyer who has been freed.If his powers are released it would end all life. Lirael must search in life and death and fight weird monsters to find a way to defeat the destroyer.
Date published: 2006-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dang! This book was amazing. Nix is able to make characters that you will fall in love with root for and cry for. I for one cried in the end and I don't easily cry in books that's how excellent and real this book seems. Now go and read the whole Abhorsen trilogy! :)
Date published: 2006-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from theabhorsen trilogy this book was absolutely amazing it is one of my most favourite books and a must read for everybody on the planet earth!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2006-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing Stunning end, it was a true thriller and a page turner. Congrats to Garth Nix for this amazingly well written trilogy.
Date published: 2005-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Trilogy I was first hooked on this series, when one of my friends told me to read Sabriel (1st book), because it was an awesome book. I was a bit skeptical at first, since I don't usually read fantasy, but once I began the book, I couldn't put it down. After Sabriel, I read Lirael (2nd book) and it was just as great and even more creative! In Abhorsen, I was amazed! I am the kind of reader who gets easily caught up in the book, so for the moment while I was reading, I was anxious for Lirael, Dog, Mogget and Sam while they sought to fufill their mission. There are a many surprises in this book, so if you have already read the other, don't hesitate to pick this one up! If you are as skeptical as I was about starting this trilogy, don't be. Just read this book, you will not be disappointed!
Date published: 2004-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Series I have read all three of the books for this set, and even as an adult reader, I thoroughly enjoyed the books. The two teenage protagonists have to struggle with their own person issues as well as fulfilling their destinies as heroes of their world against the ultimate evil. A very compelling read and highly entertaining.
Date published: 2004-05-09

Editorial Reviews

“Sabriel is a winner, a fantasy that reads like realism. Here is a world with the same solidity and four dimensional authority as our own, created with invention, clarity, and intelligence. I congratulate Garth Nix. And I look forward to reading his next piece of work.”