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The Abhorsen Trilogy Box Set (Abhorsen #1-3)

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To preserve life, the Abhorsen must enter Death
Paperback, 850 pages
Published September 27th 2005 by HarperTeen (first published 1999)
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Dec 26, 2010 Lowed rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 03, 2011 Marc Aplin rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 17, 2008 Squeemu rated it it was amazing
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Jul 02, 2014 Diliaur rated it it was amazing
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
May 24, 2007 Eric rated it liked it
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,
Dec 10, 2014 Kelsey rated it it was amazing

This fantasy storyline is refreshingly original, fast-paced, darkly humorous, and will suck you into the dangerous world of the Old Kingdom. The character development is wonderful. I connected with Sabriel and Lirael, adored the Disreputable Dog, and even grew to love the snarky "cat" Mogget. The reader will want to whistle up a wind from a paperwing, wield the bells of the Abhorsen, and ,if they are anything like me, long to explore the great Library of the Clayr.

One of my favorite series. The
Jan 09, 2008 Rachel rated it it was amazing
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 11, 2016 Kellie added it
Today it's a three-fer review. This trilogy is made up of three really nice books, but the story is so compact and interwoven, I think of it as all one.

This is a classic heroic tale, with many time-honored elements that make such stories almost irresistible to an imaginative reader. In addition to a strong undercurrent of magic, it has several generations of a family, loyal companions, fierce and terrifying enemies, and best of all, multiple young heroes who all have to figure out who they are a
Cyd Highfield
Feb 23, 2014 Cyd Highfield rated it it was amazing
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
Annie Fanning
Sep 15, 2009 Annie Fanning rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 16, 2014 Eatsyourface rated it it was amazing
I don't remember when I first read this trilogy, but I think I was in early high school at the time. The Old Kingdom Trilogy is one of those series that I just keep going back to over and over again. Sabriel is my favourite of them all; she's quiet and dignified and dedicated. Lirael had to grow on me, partly because I loved Sabriel *just* *that* *much*. But I think after Sabriel's surety, we needed somebody who ... was less sure of herself, who didn't know precisely why she was around, when eve ...more
Feb 17, 2016 Jen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite
This series stands as my favorite trilogy to date. No offense to Sabriel, but Lirael was my favorite character in the entire series; however, I'll get to that in a moment.

Sabriel is a phenomenal story about a woman hunting for her father, fighting for her family, and trying to fulfill her destiny whether she wants to or not. The cast of characters includes a mangy cat-god, a pathetic princeling, and a reluctant Abhorsen. Sabriel starts a perilous journey to find her father after he goes missing.
Series review to come! Instant all-time favorite and new obsession ...more
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Apr 09, 2016 Blü & Pebble (Fandom Cracked) rated it really liked it
Wonderful series! The books start off a bit slow, but it's definitely worth it to stick through the slow beginning.

On a side note, the fourth book, Clariel, I'm sad to say, is not, in my opinion, as good as the original trilogy. But, if you're interested to find out a little more about what happened in the past before the original trilogy, go ahead and read Clariel.

Lots of interesting and characters.
Nix does a great job of creating this "world," using terms and concepts that are familiar (l
Aug 29, 2015 Jaclyn rated it it was amazing
The Abhorsen Trilogy is an excellent series filled with magic, unique characters, and a very interesting setting. First thing's first: our bloodline heroes' weapon of choice is a set of nine bells. You know, bells that you ring. Talk about inventive, as each one's chime contains a different power. The setting itself is also interesting, as we have the Old Kingdom and Ancelstierre, divided by the Wall and providing for adventure and time trickery on occasion.

If you like fantasy but with a touch o
Sep 15, 2014 Sage rated it it was amazing
Over ten years ago, at the prime of my childhood, I purchased my first Garth Nix Book. As it were, the book was titled Sabriel, the first installment in the Abhorsen Trilogy. I absolutely fell in love with the book, as well as the wonderful writing style of Mr. Nix. The adventure, fantasy, and slight darkness of each of his books keeps you utterly enthralled until the last page, making the reading hungry for more. Garth Nix's books were some of the first that made me truly fall in love with read ...more
May 26, 2016 LOL_BOOKS rated it it was amazing







Josephine Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
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
Jul 02, 2011 Olga rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 16, 2011 Michael Cluff rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 09, 2010 Bunners rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, fantasy, girl-friendly
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
Mar 01, 2009 Anna rated it really liked it
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
Sep 21, 2010 Laurie rated it it was amazing
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
Andrew Leach
Aug 29, 2015 Andrew Leach rated it it was amazing
In my adolescent years, this stood as one of (if not) my favorite series. The world was carefully crafted, though its rules were understood through the stories progression rather than artificially forced. It is so separate from the rigid high fantasy vein, despite focusing on such tropes as necromancy and banishing evil spirits. I felt drawn into the characters, of which there only a few, but they were all very well developed.
Jan 23, 2015 Angelina rated it really liked it
Zombies and undead are not normally my thing, but I really liked this series because the whole point is that someone has to do something about it, even if it's unpleasant. I really like the characters, especially the magical ones (Mogget and the Disreputable Dog). Tim Curry reads an audio version that is perfectly delightful and brings the characters even more to life. It's a really good read.
William Robinson
Dec 26, 2014 William Robinson rated it it was amazing
The first chapter of Sabriel is confusing, unexciting, weak, and reads like a separate short-story altogether. The story that follows in the rest of Sabriel and the following two books is dark, incredible, and, as with so much of Garth Nix's corpus, set in the backdrop of a wondrous and skillfully designed world. Highlights include the mythology of the land and the side-characters.
Clare W
Nov 18, 2014 Clare W rated it it was amazing
The world building was absolutely amazing, and most definitely shaped my interest and taste in reading as I was growing up. The second novel will always remain my favorite, with the library explorations. The storyline tied together in a very interesting way, with a unique blend of perspective as a result. I plan to reread this series very soon!
Sep 15, 2015 Ksmann69gmail.Com rated it liked it
OK. started strong and then got weak ... while remaining interesting in spite of the authors almost intentional efforts to wreck it ...

Tension maintained throughout by usage of everyone's force like ability to sense and know everything that's going on and when bad guys are following etc. ... a magic system developed to restrain wild free magic with runes that have no real restraint themselves ... complete abandonment of characters you love to obsess over ones you hate ... and yet I still couldn
Lesley Lee
Jan 08, 2015 Lesley Lee rated it it was amazing
Perfect YA fantasy with wild magic, adventure & romance. Feisty heroines & steady supporting heroes with the vital, free-willed magic creatures Mogget & The Disreputable Dog. Volumes 1 & 2 introduce different characters, volume 3 brings it all together. Brilliant!
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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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Other Books in the Series

Abhorsen (5 books)
  • Sabriel (Abhorsen,  #1)
  • Lirael (Abhorsen, #2)
  • Abhorsen (Abhorsen, #3)
  • Clariel (Abhorsen, #0.5)
  • Goldenhand (Abhorsen, #5)

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