Sabriel

Paperback | August 23, 1997

byGarth Nix

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Game of Thrones fans will love the New York Times bestselling Abhorsen series. Sabriel, the first installment in the trilogy, launched critically acclaimed author Garth Nix onto the fantasy scene as a rising star.

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 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. . . .

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Ever since her childhood, Sabriel has lived in a boarding school outside the high walls of the Old Kingdom - a land of necromancers, in which the dead rise from their graves to serve their sorcerer masters. After Sabriel's father goes missing, though, she and her friend Touchstone must pass through the land of the living dead to find h...

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Game of Thrones fans will love the New York Times bestselling Abhorsen series. Sabriel, the first installment in the trilogy, launched critically acclaimed author Garth Nix onto the fantasy scene as a rising star.Since childhood, Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, away from the power of Free Magic, and away from th...

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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, an...

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...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 1.01 inPublished:August 23, 1997Publisher:HarperCollins

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0064471837

ISBN - 13:9780064471831

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Dark Fantasy I bought this book when it was first published in 1995 and so far, have needed to replace it twice--I keep reading it so many times! The characters are fantastic and caught up in a dark fantasy story which makes it impossible to put down. It's equal parts humourous and harrowing--an absolute favourite!
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A favourite Sabriel is one of my top favourite books of all time. The Old Kingdom sounds like an amazing place though brought with the Dean who can't seem to stay dead and Free Magic which runs amuck. Sabres walks away from the non-magic Ancelstierre and bravely walks over the wall to embrace her destiny and fight off the approaching evil. If you love fantasy with a darker theme I highly recommend this book and the others in the series.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Discovered a wonderfully new favorite! Originally I rented this as an e-book from the library. The writing and story was so beautiful that I had to immediately rush out to Chapters and buy this book (And the rest of the series all in one shot). It is a new favorite and I look forward to re-reading it in paperback to savor ever word. Sabriel, the daughter of a necromancer, is learning about herself and comes across many intriguing characters - Moggat is my favorite. A must read and wished I had discovered it earlier. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great High Fantasy! I read this as a child and everytime I read it now, it gives me nostalgia
Date published: 2015-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If I had to pick a favourite book This would be a strong contender
Date published: 2015-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sabriel This was a very interesting read. I really enjoyed the way it keeps my attention. I definately will go on to the next book in this series. The author is extremely imaginative. Thank you for the journey.
Date published: 2015-05-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unusual and frightening This book has a lot going for it, but what makes it really unusual is the possibility of a modern land cut off from an ancient, magical land with only a wall, and what happens when they collide.
Date published: 2015-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sabriel The old kingdom-1 A very young Sabriel not really knowing what she should be about as Abhorsen needed to not go to the last gate she haden'taught any one how to be a Be a abhorsen. She needs to learn how to keep the dead wher the are a sleep until GOD is ready to teach the truth.
Date published: 2014-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sabriel Wonderfully written. Interesting perspective on the after life :)
Date published: 2013-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A book that sticks with you I read this book four years ago while traveling in Europe. I had started it before I left and bought the second book in the series to bring with me as well. To this day I can still feel the rush of excitement as I tore through page after page with an insatiable appetite. This incredibly work of fantasy will draw you in like a black hole and keep you there forever. The series was so good that by 2/3s of the way through the trip I was finished the first two and went to great lengths to find an English bookstore in Paris to get the third one. It was worth every Euro.
Date published: 2011-03-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sabriel by Garth Nix -- Growing up outside the wall of the Old Kingdom, living the life of a student, Sabriel is whisked off her feet by the news that her father is trapped somewhere in Death. Using all that her father has taught her about necromancy and sending dead spirits to rest – Sabriel travels into the depths of the Old Kingdom to rescue her father and to make sure that the dead are not freed from their bindings. Pursued by evil spirits and taking many crash landings on the way, Sabriel has to face one of the Greater Dead (possibly the greatest) and use all that she has learned from her father to defeat it. But can she do it without using Astarael – the Sorrowful – which when rung would make all who hurt slip into death. -- This book didn’t start slow at all, and that made me happy. It wasted no time in the beginning, and went right to making you form in your mind what the hell was going on with the setting. It has magic and technology mixed together, and the way that the author eased you into the world that Sabriel lived in was perfectly done. I enjoyed this book very very much. The one thing that I would say needs some work is some character issues. I know that in Nix’s writing style character’s personalities are all very simple, but still. I think that he could work on the main character being a little more interesting. She doesn’t really have personality traits and seems kind of neutral about everything. I just wish that there would be something else that made her unique, besides being full of courage just like every other protagonist in fiction books. The setting was wonderful, I loved the time and the world that Sabriel lived in. This is a great book, and I recommend it. Here is Garth Nix’s website. http://www.garthnix.com/ I give this one a steady 4 out of 5. (The pictures with the stars are on my other computer, Sorry!) Later Cheese Graters, MRR
Date published: 2010-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! I first read this book five years ago after my mom's friend recommended it to my brother and me. It is a great start to one of the best series I have ever read. It is amazingly clever. Keep in mind that it is written in a more mature manner than the Seventh Tower series(if any of you are young), so make sure you keep that in mind. The entire series is Garth Nix at his best.
Date published: 2008-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding This book, and the entire series, are so vastly different from anything else I have ever read. The world that Nix creates is so vivid, and creative. You can definetly get lost in these novels. The magic that is in this book is very different from other author's perspectives, which enhances the amazing qualities of the writing. This book only starts something that is amazing - a trilogy that still sends shivers up my spine, after having read it many, many times over the last 7 or 8 years. Highly recommend to teens and adults who like fantasy, magic and adventure novels.
Date published: 2008-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This novel was fabulous. I love fantasy, and this book satisfied every taste. I love the dealings with death and the great magic systems, as well as creatures and artifacts. Superb. Bien traval, monsieur Nix.
Date published: 2008-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Grabbed my attention from the first chapter and just wouldn't let go. The characters seem real and alive and the danger and magic are hypnotising. I reccomend this to anyone who loves adventure, magic and danger.
Date published: 2006-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!!! Right from the first chapter I could tell that this was an amazing book, and after that I could hardly put it down!!
Date published: 2006-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOW!!!! that pretty much it!!! I've read so many books its not funny and yet this one was so amazing!!!!! i just finished it and i cant wait to get the second one!!! i bet it will be way better than the first which had so many un expected twists! Its this kind of litterature that inspires me to want to be a writer!! I must say it was absolutely amazing!!!! (like most of the books ive read) I've read a couple other of Garth Nix's books but this one is by far the best one ever!!!!!! like i said it is absolutely amazing!!! and i would recomend this book to whoever likes a good thrilling read!!!!
Date published: 2006-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutley Amazing!!! 3 thumbs way up! This book was incredible. Actually, the whole series is incredible! It not only has adventure and magic but also has a mix of love and romance. I love how all the characters interact with each other in either formal or humorous ways!
Date published: 2006-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THIS BOOK WAS GREAT As soon as u open it u just get cot up in to the story and want to read and read and read! It is the perfict blend of faticy and action.
Date published: 2006-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from REALLY good book I really enjoyed this book. It has, honestly, became my most favortie book of all time, even more then Harry Potter. The plot is flawless and the way Nix presents his characters is phenomenal. I was blown away! I could not put down this book. I recommend this for everyone who wants a good adventure and a cute romance.
Date published: 2005-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME!! This book was without a dout simply awesome. Garth Nix has done a wonderful job writting this book, i couldn't put it down. I love how he has pack adventure, mystery, a little bit of romance, and suspence in this amazing book. If you havn't read it, you need too. It will linger with you making you want to read it again and again...I know I have!!!
Date published: 2005-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOMETASTIC i just finished reading sabriel. its one of the best books i have ever read and i can't wait to read the next one. i finished it in one and a half days because i couldn't put it down!!
Date published: 2005-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sabriel means amazing! honest to god, this was like the best book i've ever read or close to it! i loved it from the start and can't wait to read the rest! hooked for a couple of days and a bunch of chapters!! i stayed up all night reading it, telling myself, just one more chapter, just one more! this is sure to rival the harry potter and eragon fans, takes you futher than death and almost to beyond!
Date published: 2004-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the best book ever written!!! this book was absolutly the best book i have ever read.i cannot believe the way the fantasy transports you into this complex web of excitment.its so inventive, i think that given better publicity this book could do exceedingly well and be the next harry potter for more expirenced readers. moe age 12
Date published: 2004-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read! This book is AMAZING! If you like hp/lotr or any other fantasy you'll LOVE this book. Buy it as soon as possible you won’t be disappointed!
Date published: 2003-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sabriel Sabriel is an incredible book. I had been meaning to buy it for about a year and finally ended up getting it for my birthday. It's a wonderful, original fantasy, and I can't wait to read the sequel, Lireal.
Date published: 2003-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome On my frequent visits to Chapters this book always caught my eye. I finally purchased it and loved every minute I spent reading it. Garth Nix creates a world parallel to one similar to our own just before WWI, this world is full of horrors and great magics. These two very different worlds are seperated by only a boarder. His discriptions are wonderful and pull you right into the location and the characters. I ate up Lirael the sequel to Sabriel and I am impatiently waiting the arrival of the third book, Abhorsen, in paperback.
Date published: 2003-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from --A MUST READ-- This book is so undercredited. This book is far better than the Harry Potter series (not to say that they're bad). Harry Potter is child's play compared to Sabriel, Lirael and finally, the last book, The Abhorsen. I wish there were more. I've read the trilogy over and over again and frankly, I'm not completely satisfied because the books were so good I just wish they never stopped coming!
Date published: 2003-07-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Truly Magical This book kept me in suspense straight from the first page. the setting of the story is so realistic i feel this could actually be a real place somewhere out there... its imaginative, funny and a really great read. ive read the sequel and its even better...can't wait for the next one! way to go Nix!
Date published: 2003-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant! I first read Nix's Shade Children, and was not particularly enchanted by that story. However, I'm extremely thankful that I did give Sabriel a chance, despite my original misgivings. The book was incredible. It pulled me in immediately, and didn't let go until the end. I was exhilarated by the depth and beauty that went into the description of the story, while at the same time retaining a deceptive level of elegant simplicity. I've bought the book, and I intend to buy the rest of the trilogy as soon as possible. This novel is definitely worth your time!
Date published: 2003-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sabriel is the best book! I totaly loved this master work! And trust me, if you read it you WILL love it to!
Date published: 2003-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finally.... I read this book years ago when still in high school, and loved it. I recently stumbled across it, and read it again, and fell in love all over again. I'm so pleased that it is getting positive recognition from young readers. Bravo Nix, keep them coming....
Date published: 2003-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sabriel This was the best book I have ever read, from start to finish it was like I was transported into the book, I am glad that Mogget came back and I can't wait to read the next book!
Date published: 2003-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Excellent Book This is the best book i have read in a long time!
Date published: 2003-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sabriel I found this book to be incredible. I couldn't put it down. Just amazing. The way the author brought the characters alive. It made you feel like you were in that world with the characters. I highly recommend this book to anyone that loves adventure, mystery and fantasy. Amazing.
Date published: 2002-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book was GREAT I read this book for a language assignment and I LOVED IT! the author keeps you in suspense throughout the whole book
Date published: 2002-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mind Blowing Novel This book is absolutely amazing. It's the first that I've read by Garth Nix, and it has made me into a huge fan. The entire book; the writing, the plot, and all the characters are mesmerizing. The descriptions are breath taking; when you are reading this book, you are right there in the scene. It is just so vivid. This is a great book for any age, and even for those who are reluctant readers. The only book I've read that could rival it is the sequel, 'Lireal'.
Date published: 2002-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Enchanting Masterpiece The story of sabriel lets your imagination run wild and free, even the person sitting right next to you could have a completely different image of what the characters, locations, and situations look like. Yet the story line pulls you along in one general direction of an exciting adventure. Even if your not into fantasy, this book will enchant you, a definitely must-read for all. I couldn't stop turning the pages to read on.
Date published: 2002-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Enchanting Masterpiece The story of Sabriel lets your imagination run wild and free. Even the person sitting right next to you could have a completely different image of what the characters, locations, and situations look like. Yet the story line pulls you along in one general direction of an exciting adventure. Even if you're not into fantasy, this book will enchant you. A definite must-read for all. I couldn't stop turning the pages to read on.
Date published: 2002-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than Harry Potter! This is an amazing book! It explores the different worlds, and keeps you not wanting to stop reading! It’s better than Harry Potter! I would recommend this book for any age, as long as you understand the terms and such! YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK! IF YOU DON'T YOU’RE CRAZY!
Date published: 2002-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Fantasy Sabriel is a great, original book about a girl from Ancelstierre, the safe side of the wall, who must journey to the Old Kingdom, the other side to save her father. Sabriel's father is the Abhorsen, a person who kills the dead who walk among people. This book is hard to understand at first but once you get reading, you get swept up in the events. I recommend this for girls and boys ages 12 - 15. I also recommend Shade's Children by the same author.
Date published: 2001-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesomely Delightful This book is one of my favourites. I have read it over ten times, and everytime I read it again, I love it even more! The emotion in the book is overwhelming, with death, fear, love... etc. it makes an awesome book. ALL FANTASY LOVERS, read this book!
Date published: 2001-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spell-bounding! Sabriel is an amazing book! I was captivated by how it was entangled with fantasy, magic, death, etc. It was very hard to put down when you knew something was coming up next! I reccomend this book to anyone probably 13 and up!
Date published: 2000-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from EXTRODINARY Sabriel is a page-turner edge of your seat book. Anyone who enjoys fantisy would like this book. I would recommend it to anyone with a fairly large vocabulary. The book is entertaining. Magic, Dead, all a fantisy lover needs. I can truly tell you any gender would enjoy this book.
Date published: 2000-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Masterful Sabriel is a very unique novel that has the essence of a true fantasy about it. You don't have to be ten years old or fifteen to read it, all it requires is a vivid, vast, and artistic sense of imagination. Garth Nix weaves an extrordinary tale of mystic adventure that we all embark on with the heroine.
Date published: 2000-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome This book is Great! It is brilliantly written, and keeps you on the edge of your seat! It's is for any on 13 or older, who love fantasy books!
Date published: 2000-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING!! This book is AMAZING!! It turns out completely different from what you think. It's a great page-turner. I recommend it highly to any girl 12 years old or higher. I LOVED this book!
Date published: 2000-03-31

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From Our Editors

Ever since her childhood, Sabriel has lived in a boarding school outside the high walls of the Old Kingdom - a land of necromancers, in which the dead rise from their graves to serve their sorcerer masters. After Sabriel's father goes missing, though, she and her friend Touchstone must pass through the land of the living dead to find him. There they confront Shadow Hands, Gore Crows and all manner of foul beasts, and it is also by finding their own hidden strengths that they can succeed in their perilous quest.

Editorial Reviews

“By turns rousing, charming and slyly funny, Sabriel is an engaging tale that slays sexual sterotypes along with its monsters.” (San Francisco Chronicle)