The Abhorsen Chronicles (The Abhorsen Trilogy, #1-3)
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The Abhorsen Chronicles (Abhorsen #1-3 boxset)

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Every step brings Sabriel closer to a battle that will pit her against the true forces of life and death—and bring her face-to-face with her own destiny.


With only her faithful companion, the Disreputable Dog, Lirael must undertake a desperate mission under the growing shadow of an ancient evil, which threatens the fate of the Old Kingdom.


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Paperback, 1232 pages
Published December 30th 2008 by HarperTeen (first published 1999)
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Connor Grummer
Oct 03, 2012 Connor Grummer rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone (who can take hefty amounts of good writing)
Recommended to Connor by: Found it in my library. Been reading Nix ever since.
The Abhorsen Trilogy started with Sabriel. Sabriel lives in Ancelstierre at the start of the story, a place where charter magic, Garth Nix's own form of spells, doesn't work. Sabriel is the daughter of the Abhorsen, a powerful necromancer who defends against the undead creations made by necromancers. When a shadowy creation appears and tells her that her father is missing, Sabriel goes to the old kingdom, and searches for her father amidst old enemies and older secrets. The story progresses int...more
Yeah.! This was an amazing read. If you like Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials (which I did), then you definitely have to grab a copy of these precioussssss piecesss. Anyway, As I was trying to check his website for an update of Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen the fourth book in the series.. I found this instead.. Really funny Nix! Really Funny. I still do not know how to create some really cute links here, so I just copied the whole article and pasted it. EnjoY!

Marc Aplin
Many of you may not have heard of this series… I picked it up by complete chance about 5/6 years ago when visiting a relative. I forgot the book I was currently reading (Magicians Guild) and was kinda bored over the weekend there. Still having 5 days left on my trip, I walked past a charity shop and sat in the window was a book called ‘Sabriel’. Now, to me it looked ‘fantasy-ish’ so I picked it up…

The book was so amazing that by the end of the holiday I was almost finished on the third in the se...more
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Love the story, the world, and the characters. Well-paced page turners, featuring pretty classic quest stories. Doesn't break any boundaries but the world is beautiful, with just enough information to make you want to learn more; the characters grow, both in themselves and on you; and it balances the plot with small but effective moments of comedic relief, which I find especially enjoyable because they're such quick bursts of humor they leave you wanting more -- but Nix keeps the action going.

Stephanie Vautour
One of my all time favorite series of books. Will never forget this one. Sabriel is a one of a kind character that wouldn't fit into the new teenage novels unfortunately so many people probably won't take the time to pick these books up. Takes me back to a time when para-normal activity was supposed to elicit fear not lust :S
Althea Ann
These were fun books.
Sabriel is pretty much a stand-alone book, but the second two are really one novel - Lirael ends right smack in the middle on a cliffhanger, and Abhorsen starts right where it left off...
The trilogy gives us a dual world - one which very strongly resembles Britain in the early twentieth century - and then, across the Wall, the Old Kingdom, a magical land which is currently in a dire state of anarchy and seriously plagued by the Dead - which rise as zombies and make themselve...more
May 24, 2007 Eric rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy fans
Recommended to Eric by: Janet Schuellien
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
This reminded me somewhat of the His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman, but not quite as good. Where His Dark Materials is about Science and Religion instead of Swords and Sorcery, the substitute here is Necromancy.

My issue with this trilogy (and to a lesser extent with His Dark Materials), was how the second book started out with a new unfamiliar character. In the case of Lirael, her story was not compelling enough for me to want to read it. I wound up putting the book down for a while,...more
I just finished "Abhorsen," the third book in the trilogy. I read "Sabriel" a long time ago, in high school, and "Lirael" several years back. I never got around to finishing the series even though I loved the I finally have and the only disappointment I have is that (aside from a further book of "related" short stories) this wonderful story is now over, and that Nix is not a more prolific writer. Some of the most interesting and emotionally mature Young Adult fantasy I've ever come a...more
Feb 23, 2014 Cydling rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
The Abhorsen Trilogy, aka The Old Kingdom Series is made up of Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen.

Sabriel is a young woman who is thrust into the role of her father - who went missing and she is now on a mission to find - the Abhorsen. The Abhorsen is a sorcerer who has to put the dead back to rest.

The themes in the book are wonderful and poignant, which can really hit home, as they're about having to face responsibilities with growing up, and loss of family. Death is also shown as a thing that can...more
Annie Fanning
I admit that I am currently reading far below my grade level.

Maybe I missed my adolescent moment to truly immerse myself in the Fantasy. Maybe I am making up for lost time. Maybe I am researching appropriate Fantasy novels for the giraffes. Maybe I require lite works with strong female characters.

If you are looking for some lightweight magical fare that features girl-heroes, check out Nix's Abhorsen Trilogy. It is truly not to be missed, the first, second or third time round
David Cockin
The Old kingdom chronicles is a trilogy - a series of books. I decided to read this trilogy because first, I had nothing else to read, and later on, because I found out it was a really entertaining - a book where the modern ( sort of) world lived side by side with a world of magic. The book creates an exciting conflict that goes on within the realm of magic where a force of evil plots to use the modern world to gain its terrible goal.

A character I found interesting was, naturally, the main chara...more
Jessica McNeany
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Josephine (aurora lector)
The Abhorsen Trilogy is the BEST. I read Lirael first, but the order is Sabriel, Lirael, Abhorsen. Great. Okay. An Abhorsen is given charge of nine bells, and basicaly, puts the dead to rest. Because..... they keep coming back. Necromancy is a problem in the Old Kingdom, across the Wall from 'The Kingdom' where electricity works. Sabriel is the Abhorsen our story starts with, and we continue with Lirael who is not an Abhorsen, but is not a Seer either. She has been born and raised by the Clayr....more
It is the first half of the 20th century and the world is changing. The peaceful existence of the country south of The Wall is threatened by the possibility of a war and to the north dark powers are getting stronger as well and death itself is finding its way into the living world from the other side. The Abhorsen is the only one who can control the dead and send them back where they came from, beyond the last gate on the cold and tumultuous river. When the Abhorsen’s daughter, Sabriel, receives...more
Michael Cluff
Within the world there are actually two. One world, Ancelstierre, is a place of technology and science; the other, the Old Kingdom, a world of magic and many things unnatural, things both wonderful and horrific.

Most people in Ancelstierre are not even aware that the Old Kingdom exists, many think it a myth, and those that know the truth wish they didn’t. For within the Old Kingdom technology does not function, but the dead do, and all that separates the dead from Ancelstierre is the Wall. And th...more
I've read this series before and have enjoyed it thoroughly.
Sabriel: This book is filled with mystery, suspense, action, and adventure. I love it so much .
Lirael: I didn't remember this book when I started it again, so reading it from a fresh perspective helped me realize this story focuses on Lirael and Touchstone's son, Prince Sameth and how they're both trying to learn how to become what they are destined to be. There's a plentiful amount of action and,...more
I just finished re-reading this trilogy, and I'm choosing to review all three books at one time, as I think that the series as a whole is stronger than its parts.

When I first read these books, the first one was my least favorite. I found Sabriel to be a less sympathetic character than I did Lirael, which only goes to show that time and perspective can certainly alter opinions and points of view. Ten years on from my initial reading, Sabriel is by far more interesting to me and I sincerely wish w...more
Finished book 1 Sabriel. Absolutely loved the book. fascinated by the character Mogget, wanted to know more about who/what this character is/was and why it is connected with the Abhorsen. Loved Sabreil, loved Touchstone, and love Sabriel's father (some nice, touching father/daughter moments in this book). Liked the magic system and the way the magic world sits right next to the non-magical world. sad that it had to end, but now onto...

Book 2, Lirael. I was a little worried that I wasn't going to...more
A trilogy set in a fantasy realm separated by a wall from a WWI-era England-ish country demonstrates that no wall can truly stop the dead from their goal. The Abhorsen Chronicles republish the three books with an added short story at the end. The stories are entertaining, with enough quirks and eccentricities to make it unique, and the characters are fleshed out, particularly the second and third books. Everything is not given out at once, though many answers are predictable, but the discovery i...more
Sabriel, a daughter of Abhorsen, lives on border of two worlds - earthly and the Old Kingdom. After receiving the message from her father she goes on a journey to the Old Kingdom to find out what exactly happened. Sabriel takes on her father's title and duties as a controller of the endless dead creatures. Sabriel gains helpers - Mogget, the white cat and Free Magic conscruct contolled by special collar, and Touchstone, the bastard prince and only heir of the Royal Blood. Entertaining and engagi...more
These books are awesome. Suspenseful, vividly-conceptualized fantasy with strong characters. By "strong," I literally mean of the tough, will-stop-at-absolutely-nothing-to-keep-the-bad-guys-from-destroying-the-world variety, but I also thought the characterization was pretty good. (You do love those heroines -and their animal sidekicks.) The "magic" described throughout the books practically sizzles off the page -believable, original, and wonderfully alive. I also enjoyed Nix's creepy, surreal p...more
I don't actually own this copy, I just like grouping series into one heap. I loved this trilogy. I loved the characters (even the ones I hated) and was utterly mesmerised by the strangeness of the storyline. I highly disliked the idea of the Old Kingdom as it was portrayed (I mean I loved it in the series, it worked really well and was excellently written - I just always imagined it as a bit dark and dreary and somewhat joyless, and found myself reaching for happier fiction when I was done), and...more
Patrick Jones
This book trilogy comes under a book with a female protagonist.

The trilogy was 1454 word so i set my self a challenge to read it over the school holidays but i ended up reading it with two weeks it was that good.

The first book was all one story but the second was a story leading in to a bigger story in the third.

I like a lot of tension but this book made me keep reading till four am in the morning.

This pretty much gives step by step instructions on how to sail a bout.

It talked about a cat actua...more
I LOVED Sabriel, even on a second (non-childhood) reading. But the following two books were a MAJOR letdown. Sabriel's daughter was nowhere near as engaging of a character as Sabriel herself.
Ramona Rich
I started this series very young at the age of 13. Sabriel, the first book, gave me new perspective and appreciation of fantasy despite Nix's descriptions that made me look behind my back at night. I was very satisfied though, with the ending.
A few years later I began Lirael, and equally appreciated it. The ending finished with a hanger that was a little irritating and I had little time to read because I was graduating school.
Now, a few years later I finally finished the last book, the Abhorsen....more
Ok, I know how Jerusha feels about this trilogy so just let me say "Jerusha, I'm sorry!"

Lots of great ideas, I particularly like the sarcastic cat character whose name I can't immediately recall after a busy day of work...

But Nix's world feels SO FLAT. No meaningful characters outside of the main bunch, so when people die...I just don't care! And there is little by way of fleshing out the history, culture, flora & fauna of the world.

Some things that I think would give these books a tremendo...more
Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen are a spell-binding trilogy of discovery, destiny and danger that take place in Ancelstierre, a world much like our own in which science rules the thoughts of men and there's no room for magic and the Old Kingdom, a land where magic is commonplace and where technology is useless because it doesn't work. This tale follows the life of the Abhorsen who are necromancers responsible to put the dead to rest... it's an adventure of corrupted sorcerers, talking cats, royal b...more
Oct 08, 2007 Nadine rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the magically minded
Dealing alot with the other side, the Abhorsen has a job of making sure the dead stay dead.

But when they don't it means a strip over to the other side for a little talk with the dead.

Young girls find their destinies are not quite what they expected and are forced to take the roles presented. If not then the world goes to hell.

While for the teens, these books have vivid descriptions of bloody battles. Nix tends to use way too many similies in the first few pages of Sabriel but levels out later on...more
I just re-read these as a little summer treat, as they are some of my all-time favorite YA fantasy books. Nix is one of those rare authors who manages to write fantasy in a very detailed, realistic way that makes it all entirely believable. I wouldn't quite call these books dark or gritty, but almost, since the antagonists are mostly necromancers and the dead. Nix also writes likable, strong heroines, which I am learning to appreciate more as I've read a few of the weak, personality-devoid girls...more
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Garth Nix was born in 1963 in Melbourne, Australia, to the sound of the Salvation Army band outside playing 'Hail the Conquering Hero Comes' or possibly 'Roll Out the Barrel'. Garth left Melbourne at an early age for Canberra (the federal capital) and stayed there till he was nineteen, when he left to drive around the UK in a beat-up Austin with a boot full of books and a Silver-Reed typewriter.

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