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message 1: by John (new)

John Martin It builds a wonderful basis for the series it starts off.


message 2: by Bella (new)

Bella Would love to read a more in-depth review on why it was underwhelming. I read this year's ago, but came away enjoying it more than I thought I would, although not enticing enough to start the second book in the series.


message 3: by Miranda (new)

Miranda Reads John wrote: "It builds a wonderful basis for the series it starts off."

Everyone seems to love it so much, i will definitely need to try out another one from this series


message 4: by Miranda (new)

Miranda Reads Bella wrote: "Would love to read a more in-depth review on why it was underwhelming. I read this year's ago, but came away enjoying it more than I thought I would, although not enticing enough to start the secon..."

I just came off of ACOTAR and Nevernight and those felt so vibrant and brilliant that this one just felt dulled in comparison. I also had a difficult time figuring out the magic and the romance kind of felt flat to me


message 5: by ✩ Ashley ✩ (new)

✩ Ashley ✩ I’ve been intrigued by this series for a while and still want to read this but will be skipping the audio. hopefully I can connect to the characters a little more or at least not have high expectations 😆


message 6: by KAS (new)

KAS Too bad you didn’t connect with the characters to make this a better read for you, Miranda :( Terrific review! xoxo


message 7: by Amber (new)

Amber I read this a long time ago so have only read book I of the series and thought it was ok. Am not sure if I'll continue the series though.


message 8: by Miranda (new)

Miranda Reads ✩ Ashley ✩ wrote: "I’ve been intrigued by this series for a while and still want to read this but will be skipping the audio. hopefully I can connect to the characters a little more or at least not have high expectat..."

lol. The audio is worth it for Mogget's voice alone :P

Best of luck with this one!!


message 9: by Miranda (new)

Miranda Reads KAS wrote: "Too bad you didn’t connect with the characters to make this a better read for you, Miranda :( Terrific review! xoxo"

Thank you KAS - hopefully next time will be better!


message 10: by Miranda (new)

Miranda Reads Amber wrote: "I read this a long time ago so have only read book I of the series and thought it was ok. Am not sure if I'll continue the series though."

That's how I feel too. I really thought I was going to LOVE this series...but it ended up being kinda meh :(


message 11: by Kim (new)

Kim I'm taking this off my tbr, I have way too many books on there already. Nice review, thank you!


message 12: by Errol (new)

Errol Fern Interesting review, Miranda!


Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk Really great review, Miranda! ✨I heard so many good things about this book, but the way you reviewed it makes me think it was a little bit overhyped ooooorrr it’s a series we’re the love starts with the second book (like you said) :D


message 14: by Bara (new)

Bara Yeah, the first book didn't swept me off my feet but it wasn't bad either so I decided to read the 2nd one and that's where I discovered the charm of Abhorsen (at that time trilogy) series.


message 15: by Chelsea (new)

Chelsea I really enjoyed reading (not listening) the first book. I didn’t find as many gaps as you did, but I also saw some of the unclarity with the magic as Sabriel’s role - she doesn’t fully understand her power either and sort of gets thrown into this role as a child and has to grow up and figure it all out. I also thought the second book was much better than the first and the third was enjoyable too (both read).

However, right now, I’m listening to fourth on audio and am extremely disappointed. It’s slow, it’s difficult to listen to and keep everything straight, and I can’t connect with the main character. So I wonder if these books just aren’t good as audiobooks.


message 16: by Miranda (new)

Miranda Reads Kim wrote: "I'm taking this off my tbr, I have way too many books on there already. Nice review, thank you!"

Thanks Kim and good luck with your tbr!


message 17: by Miranda (new)

Miranda Reads Errol wrote: "Interesting review, Miranda!"

Thank you!


message 18: by Miranda (new)

Miranda Reads 🦊 Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk wrote: "Really great review, Miranda! ✨I heard so many good things about this book, but the way you reviewed it makes me think it was a little bit overhyped ooooorrr it’s a series we’re the love starts wit..."

I think I'll give book 2 a shot. Fingers crossed that the series picks up


message 19: by Miranda (new)

Miranda Reads Bara wrote: "Yeah, the first book didn't swept me off my feet but it wasn't bad either so I decided to read the 2nd one and that's where I discovered the charm of Abhorsen (at that time trilogy) series."

Ok. I will try book 2 then!!


message 20: by Miranda (new)

Miranda Reads Chelsea wrote: "I really enjoyed reading (not listening) the first book. I didn’t find as many gaps as you did, but I also saw some of the unclarity with the magic as Sabriel’s role - she doesn’t fully understand ..."

Audiobooks depend on the reader so much... and this reader definitely was not my favorite :( idk if the first book has the same reader as the fourth, but yeah... the reader for the first book just seemed so unenthusiastic


message 21: by Natalie (new)

Natalie Definitely press on to book two--it's wonderfully rich and rewarding!


message 22: by Isla (new)

Isla I read this a long time ago and I wasn't dying to pick up the second book, either. But, and this is really weird, but the way you summarized it in your review actually makes me want to try the series again?


message 23: by Miranda (new)

Miranda Reads Natalie wrote: "Definitely press on to book two--it's wonderfully rich and rewarding!"

Hmmm....ok. I'll give book 2 a shot then :)


message 24: by Miranda (new)

Miranda Reads Isla wrote: "I read this a long time ago and I wasn't dying to pick up the second book, either. But, and this is really weird, but the way you summarized it in your review actually makes me want to try the seri..."

Lol. Thanks :)

I'm hoping that book 2 will really bring me into this fandom. I hope :)


message 25: by Ann (new)

Ann Mogget is amazing!! <3 And I'm gonna echo the other folks here, please do give the second book a try. It's one of my favorite books, the one that made me fall in love with the series, and imo is much better done than Sabriel. The emotional connection really kicks in with Lirael. It's hard not to love her.

Also, totally agree about the romance. I was not on board that ship...kinda came out of nowhere. I love Garth Nix but I never like his romantic subplots.


message 26: by Audrey (new)

Audrey Books 2 and 3 are really one long book. I liked the romance in Sabriel because they weren’t making moon eyes at each other the whole book; that’s just me and my dislike of romance. :)


message 27: by Bara (new)

Bara Mogget is amazing and so is the Disreputable Dog.
We get a lot more lore and worldbuilding which makes the plot and the setting more interesting.
Also the second book features a mysterious, ancient and enormous library full of books and secrets and I'm a sucker for a library as part of the setting. And when it's a MAGICAL one to boot. Then I'm lost.

Fun fact: on 17th shard the Cosmere forum I use the nickname The Disreputable Kandra because it's a reference to Abhorsen series and the character Disreputable Dog. And partly to TenSoon who wears the dog form for a long time. :)


message 28: by Miranda (new)

Miranda Reads Ann wrote: "Mogget is amazing!! <3 And I'm gonna echo the other folks here, please do give the second book a try. It's one of my favorite books, the one that made me fall in love with the series, and imo is mu..."

Romantic subplot? What romantic subplot? :p thanks for the advice - onwards to book 2 then!


message 29: by Miranda (new)

Miranda Reads Audrey wrote: "Books 2 and 3 are really one long book. I liked the romance in Sabriel because they weren’t making moon eyes at each other the whole book; that’s just me and my dislike of romance. :)"

They definitely weren't making eyes throughout the book - that's for sure! :p


message 30: by Miranda (new)

Miranda Reads Bara wrote: "Mogget is amazing and so is the Disreputable Dog.
We get a lot more lore and worldbuilding which makes the plot and the setting more interesting.
Also the second book features a mysterious, ancie..."


Ooooo! A library!! Well, now i HAVE to read book 2 :p


message 31: by Carro (new)

Carro This series is one of my re-read ones. In terms of the romance - well, it is two reserved people who are concentrating on dealing with an absolutely massive change to each of their lives (will avoid spoilers) plus fighting a massively dangerous being while trying to learn how to do it. In our world, anyone who'd gone through what the pair of them did just during the start of the book would be needing a therapist for PTSD. :) The "I love you" just before the big battle - well if there hadn't just about to be a big battle and him knowing that he'd maybe never have a chance to say it - I suspect it would have taken him at least six months to decide to say it. Miranda - in your reviews you are very expressive about your emotional reaction to what you read - which puts you at the opposite end of the emotional expressive spectrum to the two characters.


message 32: by Miranda (new)

Miranda Reads Carro wrote: "This series is one of my re-read ones. In terms of the romance - well, it is two reserved people who are concentrating on dealing with an absolutely massive change to each of their lives (will avoi..."

You have really good points there. But, i still feel that there could have been more clues for the audience about the love. At most, i noticed that she was annoyed by the thought of him with another woman. Then they exchanged I-love-yous. For me (personally) - came out of no where. I would've preferred more subtle hints. Fingers crossed that book 2 goes better


message 33: by Audrey (new)

Audrey The Lirael (drawing a blank on the spelling) romance is very slow building but doesn’t come out of nowhere.


message 34: by Miranda (new)

Miranda Reads Ok. I look forward to more of the slow build then!


message 35: by Mary (new)

Mary I loved this book though I get what you're saying about love interest, there wasn't much buildup... :-) In any case I just wanted to point out that Terciel is Sabriel's actual father - not an adopted one. Also they're not from a dying breed, they're a family, Abhorsen is a tittle within one bloodline. I understand that you did not like the book and might not care about the specifics but reading your review one get's an impression you skipped a lot or in your case didn't listen and loving the book as I do it seems unfair to me, perhaps absurdly so but I can't help it. No offence meant - there are plenty of well loved books I did not care for much either :-).


message 36: by Miranda (last edited Jan 01, 2019 06:54PM) (new)

Miranda Reads Mary wrote: "I loved this book though I get what you're saying about love interest, there wasn't much buildup... :-) In any case I just wanted to point out that Terciel is Sabriel's actual father - not an adopt..."

Ahhh, I'm so sorry about that. I listened to it on audiobook (which is how i read about 80%of my books).

I did get rather confused with the wording of the beginning (I listened to it twice before deciding I'll just have to continue with the novel and hope that i catch the gist of it).

You are completely right about the father thing! I used the phrase "dying breed" in reference to how no one seems to know their magic (which i thought it meant that there were fewer and fewer abhorsons being born every year).

Thank you for letting me know - I've rephrased for the father correction and to make my point about magic clearer :)


message 37: by Yc (new)

Yc Felin Thank you Miranda, I felt the same. There was a part where Sabriel said that she didn't learn anything and feels clueless. I felt the same after reading the book, everything was just too rushed. I'm planning to read the sequels in case they will reveal more about the Charters, the stones, the families etc.


message 38: by Bara (new)

Bara Yc wrote: "Thank you Miranda, I felt the same. There was a part where Sabriel said that she didn't learn anything and feels clueless. I felt the same after reading the book, everything was just too rushed. I'..."

They will. And one gets to know the characters better.


message 39: by Miranda (new)

Miranda Reads Yc wrote: "Thank you Miranda, I felt the same. There was a part where Sabriel said that she didn't learn anything and feels clueless. I felt the same after reading the book, everything was just too rushed. I'..."

Same. I'm a bit resentful that i have to read the rest of the series to understand book 1... but it is what it is. Should be interesting at least :)


message 40: by Miranda (new)

Miranda Reads Bara wrote: "Yc wrote: "Thank you Miranda, I felt the same. There was a part where Sabriel said that she didn't learn anything and feels clueless. I felt the same after reading the book, everything was just too..."

Something to look forward to!


message 41: by Audrey (new)

Audrey The sequels tell more about the Charter and its history, but you can stop at this one if you’re not interested enough.


message 42: by Miranda (new)

Miranda Reads Audrey wrote: "The sequels tell more about the Charter and its history, but you can stop at this one if you’re not interested enough."

Thanks but i definitely want to continue it :)


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