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Sabriel by Garth Nix
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Nov 26, 07

bookshelves: childrens, young-adult, fantasy
Read in January, 2004

Sabriel is the first book of The Abhorsen Trilogy. Sabriel is a young woman just finishing up her studies at her prep school. Her father lives “across the wall” in a part of the country where magic and undead creatures exist. He visits her when he can and teaches her the arts of the necromancer, for that is what he is. When her time comes, Sabriel will be the next necromancer, or Abhorsen. When her father dies unexpectedly, Sabriel is suddenly thrust into her role sooner than she thought. She finds herself trying to survive as she begins her journey to stop the evil spreading across the wall.

Reaction: Sabriel has elements of an urban fantasy. On one side of the wall technology is used and magic doesn’t work. On the other side, magic rules. I’ve read a lot of fantasy over the years, but this struck me as something new and thoroughly engaging. I loved this book and the rest of the trilogy.
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