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Abhorsen (Abhorsen #3)

4.28 of 5 stars 4.28  ·  rating details  ·  65,031 ratings  ·  1,055 reviews
The Ninth was strongand fought with might, But lone Oranniswas put out of the light, Broken in twoand 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 barrier to the unleashing of its t...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published January 9th 2003 by EOS (first published January 1st 2003)
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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...more

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...more
Apr 03, 2007 Heather rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Nov 05, 2007 Jillian rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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...more
Levina  C.
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...more
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...more
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...more
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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...more
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
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.
Wow! That was quite a ride. Abhorsen both starts and ends with a bang, literally. Nix does know how to suck a reader right into his stories, and has the prologue technique used to do so perfected, I think. In all three books of the series, the prologue just grabbed me and yanked me into the story. I love that.

So, Lirael, the book, left off with Lirael, the character, and Sam and Mogget making their way to Edge for reasons unknown, except that the Clayr had seen Lirael there. In Abhorsen, we con...more
WOW. When I finished this book, a whirlwind kicked up and thew me fifty feet away. Yeah, I'm saying this book blew me away. With the all the excitement and action, I ended up with whiplash. I be wearing a neck brace for weeks.

And it all started out making me giggle. In the very front, where the map is, there's a blueprint of sorts of the Abhorsen's house. And one room is labeled "Abhorsen's bedroom with two bathrooms!" exclamation mark included. That just made me smile.

So let's get down to busin...more
Allyce Cameron
I'm so obsessed with this trilogy! I just want to know more! Sure I know that I can go and read Clariel now but it's a prequel and the characters in the trilogy are the ones I know and love! If you are a fantasy reader and haven't read Garth Nix shame on you! I highly recommend to anyone looking for a good adventure!
Jennifer Rayment
Fast paced and exciting 3rd book in the series (Umm trilogy, I just got a signed ARC of Clarial - so no longer a trilogy I guess) Once again Tim Curry narrates this dark and creepy young adult fantasy novel. Love how Nix never panders to his readers. Great character development and some delightfully dark and funny scenes between my favorites Mogget and the Disreputable Dog. Also the story broke my heart near the end and ended up crying while walking the dog and listening to the story. Love the f...more
Victoria Schwab
This has become one of my favorite series of all time.
Yeah. I'm so glad I did a review of Lirael just after I read it, or I would have run the two together. It was done well, though, with reminders of Book Two that weren't hurdles for someone who'd gone straight into this one. Some definite finesse there.

And I just can't get over the growth of Lirael and Sam. Nor can I get over how much I love the Disreputable Dog or Mogget, and especially them playing off one another.

I'd mention my thoughts on Sabriel and Touchstone in this one, but I don't want t...more
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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
Well, it's official. Abhorsen by Garth Nix is The Best Book I Have Ever Read In My Life©.

Abhorsen is the final book in the Old Kingdom trilogy which is a fantasy series set in the imaginary realms of Ancelstierre and the Old Kingdom. The Old Kingdom is full of magic and the lines between life and death are constantly blurred and manipulated. As magic interferes with electricity and modern machines, there is no “modern” technology in the Old Kingdom and this is contrasted with the modernity of A...more
Abhorsen is the second half of the story begun in Lirael. I prefer its predecessor, but mainly because the climax of the story doesn't quite work for me. Apart from this, Abhorsen is just as good and has some lovely touches.

I like how flashes of Sabriel and Touchstone's journey are woven in -- and how Nix kept Lirael the real protagonist, rather than making this book Sameth's story -- and how we gradually learn the details of Nick's situation -- and the Abhorsen's journey through all the gates a...more
Full disclosure: I bought this book in high school after I finished Lirael, then stuck it on my shelf and steadfastly ignored it for years because I was so furious and sad after reading the prologue. Protip: STICK WITH IT! Garth Nix always has a trick or two up his sleeve. With that said, this book was an exhausting read. By the end, I felt just as pummeled and weary as its protagonists--partially because Garth Nix is just that good at writing deeply relatable characters, and partially because t...more
I'll be honest, I waited entirely too long to write this review and now my memory of the story is fuzzy. I remember enough to say (with relative surety) that Lirael has finally come into her own as the Abhorsen-in-waiting. Sam is mighty relieved that he no longer has to wield the bells. Lirael and Sam, along with the Disreputable Dog and Mogget, continue on their journey to find Sam's friend Nick who has gotten in with some bad sorts. In fact, Nick is inadvertently funding the end of the world a...more
This review is also available on my blog, Stumptown Books.

Once again we are following the adventures of Lirael and Prince Sameth as they fight to withhold the darkness from taking over the world. Once again the story is too drawn out and the little things that came rapid fire in Sabriel are left with exhausting descriptions in Abhorsen, and yet we never get a true feel of the world or the people who inhabit it. It took me forever to read this book because I simply didn't care about what was happ...more
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I thought this was a great final ending to the series! Sam wasn't nearly as pathetic this time around and Lirael kind of found her place in the series. I appreciated the backstory on the world and the bells, and about the Dog and Mogget. Though they were both a lot simpler than I had hoped. I also thought that this book finally allowed the bells to be used a little more and expanded Death a lot more.

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This highly-anticipated sequel is a conclusion to Sabriel (Harper ,1996) and Lirael (Harper, 2001) that doesn't disappoint. The delicate balance between good and evil is once again upset in the Old Kingdom. The dead are restless after nearly eighteen years of rebuilding and peace under the reign of King Touchstone and Queen Sabriel, while the New Kingdom grows more corrupt with each passing day. The Clayr are unable to see a clear future, and as the king and queen go missing (believed to be dead...more
This series isn't a trilogy so much as it is a single book (Sabriel) and a two part sequel set 20 years later. I was not as thrilled with this book as I was with the first two. Maybe it felt a little predictable within the framework set up by the previous two books. My favorite part of this series is that it is a strong twist on the standard fantasy setting. The universe is familiar to fantasy readers (a magical land alongside a non-magical one) but it's handled in a way that feels fresh.

Maybe s...more
I usually think that the first book of a trilogy sets up the story, characters, and over-riding conflict of the series. But in this case, the first book, Sabriel, could pretty much be a stand-alone, while the second book, Lirael sets up everything for book three. In fact, books 2 and 3 were pretty much one book broken up into two parts.

And I'm okay with that. I mean, the explication process in Lirael was a little bit drawn out and tedious, especially for a second book in a series, but Nix made u...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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“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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