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Sabriel (THE OLD KINGDOM CHRONICLES) by [Nix, Garth]
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Sabriel (THE OLD KINGDOM CHRONICLES) Kindle Edition

4.6 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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Length: 368 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Language: English

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For many years Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, away from the random power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who won't stay dead. But now her father, the Mage Abhorsen, is missing, and to find him Sabriel must cross back into that treacherous world - and face the power of her own extraordinary destiny.

This beautiful edition includes part of the original hand-written manuscript of Sabriel, an explanation by Garth Nix of his writing process, and a guide to the Necromancers' Bells.


Winner of the Aurealis Award for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 10069 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin (1 October 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003MU9D0S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,348 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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By A Customer on 10 April 2017
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Breath taking, marvellous, outstanding, Sabriel is not a book to toy with, with magic and adventure around every corner you can't get enough of it. But you must read to the end to really enjoy.
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'Sabriel' is one of those rare novels aimed at teenagers that is also enjoyable for adults. It is set in the Old Kingdom, where the outlaw of necromancy is enforced by the Abhorsen, the guardian between life and death. Sabriel, the daughter of the current Abhorsen, has been summoned home to rescue her father.

In some ways this a standard hero's quest. It is, however, beautifully written with an oppressive atmosphere. You really get the sense of the Old Kingdom as a place where the dead can rise and kill you in your sleep. It's bleak and grim and the danger very real. Sabriel is an engaging heroine, uncertain in her inexperience, but determined to follow through regardless. Her companions - the ambiguously helpful Moggett and the mysterious Touchstone - have their own motives and goals, and make for a compelling contrast to Sabriel. The repulsive villain, Kerrigor, is slightly one dimensional in his drive for power, but that is explicitly attributed to the effect of Free Magic and actually works as a reminder of why the Abhorsen's role is necessary.

Teenagers will love this book, and adults will enjoy it as well. As it involves what are essentially zombies there is some violence, but it's not over the top. Sex is discussed but not explicitly so. While the central theme would be best described as accepting loss and assuming adult responsibilities, this is not a depressing story. It is a thoroughly enjoyable read and ends on quite a hopeful note.
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I first read this book when I was quite young - maybe around 12? It blew my mind! I can't express how much I loved this book I borrowed it constantly from the library I drew pictures I obsessed, for years I'm almost 30 and I still love it. Thank you Gareth Nix
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I read the very first published edition many years ago
It was perfect then and remains so today
It's great that it has been found and cherished by an international audience now too

AND it has one of the best cats in fiction anywhere ( although Thomasina by Paul Gallico still rules my heart as my favourite moggie)
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By Caroline Lloyd TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 October 2014
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Even though this is aimed at a younger audience, I still enjoyed the story line and the plot had me reading late into the night which is always a sign of a good book for me!
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Plot is fast moving, interwoven with beautiful descriptive nuances. Interesting story line.. You won't want to put this down. Adults enjoy this too(me) :-)
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By jarrad on 12 October 2016
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Enjoyable great intro to fantasy reading
Would read garth again and,again and again.
Pity it was such a strong closing hard to see another one
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