Initially I resisted this. I don't know why but when people hand me books and tell me the book is amazing I resist. I can't help it. It's almost always the same though.
1. Friends says book is amazing and thrusts it into my hands.
2. I resist. I hide the book and make excuses.
4. I read it and love it.
This was the same with Sabriel. I'd initially resisted reading this book but when I did start reading it (I was out of other books) I was hooked by page 10. Absolutely hooked.
I already loved this world by the end of the first chapter. I wanted, nay, needed to know more about this world. It was incredible. I haven't read anything in fantasy before with necromancers so I was keen to find out about them.
The world is brilliant. It's complex and yet simple to grasp. There's essentially two countries and a wall. Bad stuff happens on one side and that's where we're headed.
Sabriel was a nice change to those weak female characters who pull strength from nowhere and pretend its been there all along. She struggles. She doubts. She nearly dies. A lot. It's worth reading for a believable female lead, in my opinion.
I'm going to tear through these books and mourn the endings. I love it already. Bring on Lirael!