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Sabriel by Garth Nix
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Sep 06, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy-epic-and-series, read-in-2009, young-adult
Read in September, 2009

4.5 - I really enjoyed this book. It was a well paced and highly creative YA novel. The system of magic is especially unique and interesting. Sabriel’s magical abilities are channeled through bells. Sound and harmonics are a strongly woven theme throughout the novel. To me, it was reminiscent of the concept known as Music of the Spheres.

I have only two criticisms of this novel. Foremost, I was disappointed in the lack of character development in the main character. While I was drawn in by plot, I never really felt connected to, or invested in, Sabriel. I would have allowed for less action and more character interaction. Considering her background and the trial she is suddenly thrust into – including her only family member gone missing – we see very little emotion or conflict in Sabriel.

Secondly, I felt the ending was quite abrupt but that is really more of a personal preference than a true criticism. I enjoy a longer epilogue with a bit more wrap up. I would speculate that Nix chose this type this ending for impact – you find yourself exhaling a sigh of relief after a tense final battle, and certainly, the last two sentences really punctuate the theme of Life and Death.

This book is a valuable addition to the YA genre and I would recommend it for anyone who enjoys good, imaginative storytelling.
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Reading Progress

08/31/2009 page 33
10.61% "Very creative setting and use of magic"
09/02/2009 page 126
40.51% "Felt the pacing stumbled for awhile but then got back on track"
09/06/2009 page 311
100.0% "A really enjoyable book!"
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colleen the fabulous fabulaphile I've read this series at least 3 times. I hope you like it as much as I do.

Libby Thanks! It looks great - I hope to pick it up soon.

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