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(Abhorsen #3)

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Veertien jaar zijn verstreken sinds Sabriel de boosaardige Kerrigor versloeg en hem verbande voorbij de Negende Poort van de Dood, en zo het Oude Koninkrijk behoedde voor het Rijk van de Dood. De jonge Lirael voelt zich niet gelukkig bij de Clayr, de gemeenschap van zieners die in de toekomst kunnen Schouwen. Op haar veertiende verjaardag is haar gave nog altijd niet ontwa ...more
ebook, 411 pages
Published January 2015 (first published January 20th 2004)
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Charlotte May
4.5 stars!
This series just keeps getting better!

We find Lirael and Sam immediately after book 2, on the hunt for Sam’s friend Nick and the evil he has accidentally gotten himself trapped in. Along with the Disreputable Dog and Mogget the cat we are taken on a fantastic ride through a world where the dead don’t stay dead!

“Confused Dead Hands staggered out of her way, gobbling their distress from their decayed throats.”

Nix has created such an incredible magic system; with both Charter Magic - t
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Jessica

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
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TS Chan
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Abhorsen is a great conclusion to a narrative arc which started with Lirael, the second book in the series.

The two main characters introduced in the previous book, Lirael and Prince Sameth, have now accepted their respective legacies and fate in what is to become a fight for the survival of the very world itself. Finally, we have a lot more action, a lot less moping and some solid character growth with two young protagonists, both who have vast potential stemming from their unique bloodlines. T
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Stephen
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
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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.
Caz (littlebookowl)
Probably my favourite of the series so far! I adore these characters (especially the Disreputable Dog)!
Katie.dorny
May 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
I honestly just found this anti-climatic. Especially when compared to the first two.
The conclusion just continues on for the spin off books; which I do understand.
Sam’s growth in this was wonderful; I hated him in the second book but in this one I really rooted for him.
I am interested in reading Goldenhand to find out what happens to Lirael and Nicolas
I just felt that this book and the previous one could have been shortened down to one big book instead of being dragged out over two when some of
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Montzalee Wittmann
Rtc
Wouldn't be better if I had read previous books
Faith (BookSelf ~ You Are What You Read)
"Wherever you walk, I will be there."

*sobs*

This third installment, the end of the main trilogy, was pretty darn good. There's something about Garth Nix's writing that just really does it for me. The subtle humor and wit, the syntax and sentence structure. It's all just so great. I love everything about it!

The world is the best fantasy world ever, in my not so humble opinion. It isn't overbearing, but it's intricate and unique and dark without being grimdark. Death is probably the coolest setting
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Joey Woolfardis
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, but they weren't the kind of thing I would love to read nowadays. I
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Victoria Schwab
Feb 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This has become one of my favorite series of all time.
BAM The Bibliomaniac
Audio #56

So far this is looking like the best of the three! I think it’s because I’m getting g a lot of Tim Curry’s Moggat voice
Heather Turner
Apr 03, 2007 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
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Krissa
Sep 09, 2007 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
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Jillian
Oct 04, 2007 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
Nemo (The Moonlight Library)
Despite their new destinies, Lirael and Sam continue their plan to recue Nick and stop whatever he is unearthing. Slowly the pair come to discover what it is: Lirael embraces her destiny as not only the Abhorsen-in-Waiting, but a Remembrancer as well, someone who can See the past like her Clayr sisters can See the future. Sam, relieved he no longer has to deal directly with Death, embraces his destiny as a royal Wallmaker – his hobby of inventing and his powerful skill as a Charter Mage really p ...more
Ashley
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
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Kay
What a stunning conclusion to an amazing trilogy. The scope of the conclusion - which covers the foundation of the Charter - was incredible and tied up several loose ends. I can't wait to read more about Lirael and Nicholas.
Andrea
A better-paced story than Lirael - in part because Lirael and Abhorsen are basically one complete story split into two, and while Lirael's plot involves the Old Kingdom being snared in the villain's plans - while the two main characters angst about their role in life - Abhorsen's plot is full speed ahead to confrontation.

One thing bothers me about the world-building though. The Old Kingdom exists thanks to an ancient binding contract that depends on three bloodlines. And there's an awful lot of
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Jonathan Terrington
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
Teno Q.
Aug 12, 2011 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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Phrynne
Jun 09, 2014 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
K.
28/1/2016
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
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Sarah
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Rebecca
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Frankly, this book bored me. I can finish a modern fantasy book I moderately like in one night, so when I say it took me weeks to read this book, you can see that something really went wrong here.

I liked Sabriel- it was fresh and fascinating, an entertaining read, though not a favourite. Plenty of action, great world building. Then along came Lirael. Also a good read, and different enough from the first to keep me interested. I liked reading about the Clayr, and the angstiness of the characters
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Nidofito
Rating: 4.5/5

An epic conclusion to the Old Kingdom trilogy where finally all the backstory from Lirael comes into play. It was quite a thing to see Lirael and Sam adjust comfortably into their new positions (they grow up so fast sniff). Sure they were scared, and underprepared, with occasional doubts, but I loved the feeling of rightness that came with their roles in the quest to defeat Orannis.

The switch between characters was done pretty smoothly, and with all the traveling that was going on f
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Marina
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-and-sf
This book is fast-paced, entertaining and filled with action and suspense. I enjoyed it less than Lirael and Sabriel, because its focus in less on self-searching than these two. I'm not fan of military or necromancy, but, although this book is filled with solders and dead, I enjoyed it nonetheless.
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.

Why?

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
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Sarah
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
Cynthia
Jan 08, 2015 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
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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)
  • Sabriel (Abhorsen,  #1)
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  • Clariel (Abhorsen, #4)
  • Goldenhand (Abhorsen, #5)
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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?"
"Yum," said Mogget.
"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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