Book #26: Sabriel

Oh goody.  This is one of my favorite books, and the first in one of my favorite series of all time.  I suggested it for my book club and it didn’t even bother me that it wasn’t universally loved.  I don’t care.  It’s still awesome.

Garth Nix is an amazing writer and Sabriel isn’t even the best book in his Old Kingdom series.  It’s a good hook to keep going, but I love the others even more.  You can do a search for Garth Nix on this blog and find my other reviews.  There are several of his books I’ve read but never reviewed, due to the blog drought of 2012-2017.  All of them have amazing world-building, and a few, like Frogkisser! or Newt’s Emerald take on a completely different tone and you can see Nix just enjoying himself in a different genre.

Tangent aside, I love Sabriel.  I love her vulnerability, yet her determination to fulfill her role as necromancer and Charter Mage.  I love that she’s a seventeen-year-old with remarkable responsibility, yet desperately wants her father to take back the mantle and bells.  This is the only book in the series where we get to be in Sabriel’s head as deeply as we do, and I’m glad we get the chance. Lirael, the second book in the series, is far more deep in the main character’s mind and it’s a beautiful mess.  I’m glad Nix gave us Sabriel first so we can grasp the importance of the role of Abhorsen, who keeps the dead down.

Goodreads rating: 5 stars, of course.  This was my fifth time reading it and it still hasn’t gotten old.  If you’re up for a treat, get the audiobook read by Tim Curry.  Quadruple awesome.


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