Sabriel by Garth Nix
Old Kingdom book 1
Published October 1, 1996 by HarperCollins
Sabriel’s father has gone missing. She was left with Abhorsen’s sword and Abhorsen’s Seven Bells and must venture out into the Old Kingdom to find him. Growing up in Ancelstierre, Sabriel has limited knowledge about the Old Kingdom but she starts her journey. Up against the Dead of the Old Kingdom that Ancelstierre has always protected her from, she must fight the elements, banish the Dead and find her father. But an enemy is following her, one of the Greater Dead and she must conquest to defeat him as well as save her father. Journeying with an unusual cat and a dude named Touchstone who was frozen for 200 years, Sabriel ventures north to save her father in an original, epic high fantasy novel with fast-paced action and plentiful writing.
This was my first foray into high fantasy and I will most definitely coming back to this genre. Sabriel was a mind-blowing read. Garth Nix is capable of creating a whole world with intricate rules and complex features and manages to pull it off. HOW? I love this universe. It’s just awesome. Charter Marks and Bells and the Dead—I want more! I will definitely be picking up the sequels. It’s just amazing how dense the world is. Death is the most interesting part in my opinion. Death is another dimension in this book; you can walk through the waters of Death and there are precincts of Death. It all just fascinates me. Sabriel had great action, detail and suspense. I would definitely recommend picking this book up!
9.25 out of 10 XanderStars
I’m so happy that this series is making a comeback! It’s really one of the best, and stands the test of time. I’m always fascinated to see how different fantasy writers portray Death. Enjoy reading more Garth Nix!