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ابهورسن (Abhorsen #3)

4.28  ·  Rating Details  ·  80,420 Ratings  ·  1,463 Reviews
Abhorsen (The Abhorsen Trilogy, #3)
The Ninth was strong
and fought with might,
But lone Orannis
was put out of the light,
Broken in two
and buried under hill,
Forever to lie there,
wishing us ill.

So says the song. But Orannis, the Destroyer, is no longer buried under hill. It has been freed from its subterranean prison and now seeks to escape the silver hemispheres, the final bar
Paperback, 352 pages
Published 2008 by نشر وسعت (first published January 7th 2003)
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Can I just say how shocked I am by how good this book was? I mean, I guess everything that happened in Lirael was necessary in setting the stage for Abhorsen, but man did Lirael put a damper on the Old Kingdom high I got from Sabriel. In book 2, Lirael was mopey, annoying, and the Mary-Sue from Hell. Sam was pretty angsty, too, and the book felt entirely like exposition with no real pay off at the end (with a long ways to go). Needless to say, I approached Abhorsen with distrust and apprehension
4.5 to 5.0 stars. Having just finished this, the final book in the Abhorsen Trilogy, I have to say that it RANKS AMONG THE BEST YA FANTASY SERIES I have ever read. The world created by Garth Nix composed of the Northern Old Kingdon (where magic exists) sitting side by side with the South (looking much like an early 20th century city in Europe) is so realistically portrayed that the whole story comes to life. The interplay between these two realms is very well done.

Add to that one of the most in
Lindsey Rey
[3.5 Stars]
I liked the ending, but I've decided I'm not the biggest fan of Garth Nix's writing style.
Heather Turner
Apr 03, 2007 Heather Turner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young Adult, Adult
Shelves: readandloved
As in "Sabriel" and "Lirael," Death is a riverine chasm from which the dead can be called back to the living by powerful necromancers. Only the Abhorsen (Sabriel) or the Abhorsen-in-waiting (Lirael) can pass from life into the river of Death, through the eight Gates of fog, whirlpools, waterfalls, and shadow, and do magical combat with the necromancers in their own dark realm...

Well, the Disreputable Dog can splash into Death, too and in "Abhorsen" you'll find out who she really is, along with M
Sep 09, 2007 Krissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So everything I held against Book Two, Lirael, was released in Abhorsen. The book races, literally and figuratively - I read it in a day. The climax is beautiful, BEAUTIFUL, with all the characters you love and hate from all three books playing their part with some powerful punches. It also drags torturously through some characters' descents into madness which is, well, maddeningly written, curse Nix and his talent.

I adored this trilogy and wish people would stop resisting me forcing it upon th
Nov 05, 2007 Jillian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: necromancers
Shelves: fantasy, y-a
So now that I'm done with the trilogy I'll say that it was Great. I read the last book so fast, I think I read it in two days? Maybe three. Anyways, the climax is good (and not painfully predictable like book 2) and the characters are developed so well by the end that I was just sucked in. My face even scrunched up at the end when one character... you know. It always happens to someone. The fact that I even thought about crying is quite a feat for an author, since I pride myself on stoicism when ...more
Saoirse Sterling
You can read my full review of Abhorsen on my site XLeptodactylous.

I first read these when I was much younger, probably just a few years after they were published. I must confess, before I started them I could barely recall them at all, aside from a few episodes from the first book, Sabriel. I had hastily added 3 or 4 stars to them when I transferred them to GoodReads, so they must have had a lasting impression on me for me to do that.

Second re-through and I could see a little why I liked them,
Jun 10, 2014 Phrynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very satisfying end to an excellent series. I have really enjoyed the author's world building which includes charter magic, travels into Death,the Wall and much more. There have also been some tremendous characters, Mogget and the Disreputable Dog being two of my personal favourites. There was plenty of action in this last book and I was very happy to see Sabriel and Touchstone returning at last to share in the final outcome. This is a series I would happily recommend to anyone who li ...more
I think probably the best way to describe what it's like to read the Abhorsen trilogy is to compare it to a snowball rolling down a very, very large hill. We are all familiar with this metaphor--it basically implies that the thing being compared metaphorically moves faster and becomes MORE on the way down, whether that thing is the plot or your emotions as a reader, or both. Abhorsen is like this, but also THE SNOWBALL IS ON FIRE.

Sabriel introduced the world, the characters (most of them), the m
Kirsti (Melbourne on my mind)
This was a pretty damned great ending to the trilogy. Lirael goes through so much character development in the course of this book, becoming more confident in her powers as Remembrancer and Abhorsen-in-Waiting. Sam becomes more courageous and confident as well, Mogget and the Disreputable Dog are great throughout, and like I said last time, we get a much greater view into Death than ever before.

Basically, Sabriel is still my favourite book of the series, but this one's still pretty dam
Mariel Zani Begoña
I did it! I finished this series. Unfortunatelly, the whole trilogy was a huge meh for me. Only The Disreputable Dog and Mogget stood out for me

Lo hice! Por fin terminé esta saga. Desafortunadamente toda la trilogía es un enorme MEH para mí. Sólo sobresalieron Salpirón y la Perra Canalla
The world of Abhorsen is a fascinating world between death and life. Set predominantly in the Old Kingdom, this is the conclusion to the trilogy (although there is now also a prequel book) that begun with Sabriel. However, sadly, I fell in love with the world more than I fell in love with the book itself. Unlike with Harry Potter where I began to enjoy the later books more than the initial few - due to the charm of the books matching the storytelling and character development - I feel as if the ...more
This series just gets better with every reread, I've actually lost count of how many times I've read these books over the years but the Old Kingdom trilogy will always have a special place in my heart and I'm excited that Garth Nix has decided to revisit the world again with Clariel. Before I start the new book I wanted to reread the original books again though and Abhorsen was just as fantastic as I remembered it being. It picks up the story almost immediately after the ending of the last book ...more
Levina  C.
Aug 16, 2011 Levina C. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, novels
Abhorsen takes three-hundred-plus pages to take Lirael, Sam, the Dog and Mogget from Point A - the Abhorsen's house in the Old Kingdom - to Point B - the Lightening Farm in Ancelstierre. Throughout the book, the main goal was to go there, fast fast fast, hurry hurry hurry hurry. It is much the same in the first book, Sabriel. Some might find it exciting and adventurous but I simply found it tiring.

When they reach Ancelstierre, they must stop stop stop the hemispheres hemispheres hemispheres fro
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Mike (the Paladin)
I would like to give this book four stars. it has some wonderful moments and it tells a good story. On the whole I enjoyed it, but not four stars worth.


First sadly it's just not as good as the first book in this "series" (I'll explain the quotes later.) I really liked Sabriel and had these on my "get them list" for a long time. This book picks up just as the second volume (Lireal) ends. Unfortunately (for me) Lireal dragged down and became such a slow and tedious book I was almost in tears
Marje Mallon
Dec 15, 2014 Marje Mallon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

Abhorsen smashed it for me, I just loved it. Garth Nix does a wonderful job building tension, and plot rather than getting side tracked by the somewhat wooden romance that we saw between Sabriel and Touchstone in the first novel. In Abhorsen Garth Nix’s writing flows effortlessly, its lyrical quality drawing the reader into a story that begins slowly but builds momentum to a fast paced, fantasy adventure and stunning conclusion. Sabriel introduces us to th
Ahmad Sharabiani
Oct 22, 2015 Ahmad Sharabiani rated it really liked it
Abhorsen (Abhorsen #3), Garth Nix
عنوان: ابهورسن - کتاب سوم از سه گانه ی گارت نیکس با نام پادشاهی کهن؛ مترجم: پریا آریا (پریا تجلی پور)؛ تهران، وسعت، 1387، در 400 ص، شابک: 9786005142167؛
مترجم: شهلا انتظاریان؛ تهران، افق، 1391، در 456 ص، شابک: 9789643698270؛
مترجم: پیمان اسماعیلیان؛ تهران، قدیانی، 1393، در 560 ص، شابک: 9789645369758؛
Victoria Schwab
Jul 19, 2014 Victoria Schwab rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This has become one of my favorite series of all time.
Jan 17, 2015 Cynthia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review may contain spoilers for the first two books of the series.

Oh, ABHORSEN. I finished you at 1am and sobbed for at least 15 minutes.

An ancient evil, imprisoned since the dawn of time, is on the verge of being freed. Lirael and Sam, followed by their companions, the Disreputable Dog and Mogget, are the only ones who have a chance to stop it from destroying the world before it’s too late. But Nick, Sam’s best friend, is being controlled against his will and unknowingly by a shard of the
Jan 13, 2011 ~♥Alyssa♥~ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. Just wow.

....Actually, I'll say a little more than that. I LOVED this series, and this conclusion was great. The ending is completely realistic and satisfying. However, at times I was confused, and it seems to me that there are some loose ends. I still have some questions, like: Is the Disreputable Dog dead or what? Is Mogget free, gone, or still bound? What does Nick end up doing? What happens to Lirael, Sam, Sabriel, etc.?

Though the world and history of the Old Kingdom and its magic syst
Aug 11, 2013 Zachary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Abhorsen is the third and final book in the fantasy Abhorsen trilogy. Although the book can be dark at times, as it deals with the subject matter of the manipulation of the dead and the Abhorsen, a necromancer, it is well-written and a great read. Abhorsen builds more on the previous book, Lirael, and in my opinion will not make much sense if you read it on its own. Lirael develops as a character as the Abhorsen-in-waiting, as does Prince Sameth as one of the wallmakers. The two must continue on ...more
Na ten mega koniec som aj úplne zabudol. Akože perfektná časť. A toľko toho ostalo otvoreného... že dúfam, že Garth Nix bude písať o Starom kráľovstve na veky vekov, aby stihol porozprávať všetky príbehy, čo má v hlave! He must!!!
Dec 24, 2014 Suzy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well it wouldnt be proper Christmas if I havent finished book in tears. ...more
Andrew Obrigewitsch
The first book in this series is quite good, highly recommend, but the second and third books are just not as good, however they are not bad either, they just feel a little to contrived.
Apr 26, 2016 Candace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I rated this slightly less than the others, just because somehow I wasn't enraptured as much with the plot. With this book I cared more about the characters and less about the action that was happening, I just wanted to know how Sabriel would react to meeting Lirael and what the Clayr would say to Lirael being the new Abhorsen in waiting, etc. I just wanted to know about the people and their thoughts, and a drawn out chase after hemispheres just felt like it was getting in the way to me. That sa ...more
Nov 11, 2014 Lightreads rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Talking about Lirael and Abhorsen together as they are in reality one book cut in half, probably to keep the length down for young adult readers (remember when we did that?). Two young people – an introverted and depressed magical librarian, and a prince trapped in familial expectations – find each other in order to battle an ancient evil.

These books reminded me of Fullmetal Alchemist (can't quite put my finger on it, but a similar sense of eerie morbidity around young people exercising power) a
I can't believe how the pace and excitement of this book just kept going and going. At no point did you ever feel that it had slowed down. This, the third book, was the continuation and conclusion of the second and it was absolutely fabulous. I loved how everyone came together at the end in order to defeat the common enemy. Mogget, who has been my favourite character right from the beginning, played his role too which made me very happy. I have loved this series right from the beginning and was ...more
Jan 23, 2016 May rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
Ah, I love Lirael.

Normally, I'm not a fan of plots that take so long you have to make two book to end one major plot arc. However, it worked really well! There was so much to be said and so much to be done between Lirael and Sameth and Mogget and the Disreputable Dog (view spoiler) that I think anything shorter would have been a disservice to the characters.

I really like this as the conclusion of the series, though it made me
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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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Abhorsen (5 books)
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“As for you, Private, if you mention a word of this to anyone, I'll feed you to the cat thing here. Understand?"
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"Yes, sir!" mumbled the telephone operator, his hands shaking as he tried to smother the burning wreckage of his switchboard with a fire blanket.”
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