Review: Sabriel (Abhorsen,#1) by Garth Nix (YA)

Sabriel_Book_CoverSummary (from

Sent to a boarding school in Ancelstierre as a young child, Sabriel has had little experience with the random power of Free Magic or the Dead who refuse to stay dead in the Old Kingdom. But during her final semester, her father, the Abhorsen, goes missing, and Sabriel knows she must enter the Old Kingdom to find him.

With Sabriel, the first installment in the Abhorsen trilogy, Garth Nix exploded onto the fantasy scene as a rising star, in a novel that takes readers to a world where the line between the living and the dead isn’t always clear—and sometimes disappears altogether.


This is one of my favorite fantasy series, especially in the Young Adult (YA) genre. On the second reading, there was so much more I understood about the world of the Old Kingdom, Free Magic and the world of the Dead that I didn’t quite grasp in the first reading. Sabriel is a resourceful, intelligent, courageous young girl – a brilliant role model for young girls (and those young at heart).

The plot is full of suspense, murky characters, whose intentions are not clear (hence the rest of the series. But even then, it’s never clear whether they are clearly good or evil, which is brilliant!), and the world building – there are no words to express just how brilliant it is!

I can’t tell you how much enjoyed re-reading this novel! I’ll be reading it again and again, and highly recommend it!



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