For many years Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, away from the random power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who won't stay dead. But now her father, the Mage Abhorsen, is missing, and to find him Sabriel must cross back into that treacherous world - and face the power of her own extraordinary destiny.
Sabriel is one of my favourite heroines, from a favourite series. When her father, the Abhorsen, goes missing, Sabriel must take up his mantle - a hard task when she was sent away as child, from the Old Kingdom, its magic, and its restless dead. But a greater danger than ignorance awaits... - Amy (QBD)
I know I'm about 11 years too late reading this book but holy moly I'm glad I did! Sabriel is a strong character with a heck of a lot of passion. She strikes out on her own when she finds out that her father, Abhorsen, has been trapped. Sabriel battles against radical free magic and the Dead in order to find him and save him all the while navigating a land she doesn't know, The Old Kingdom. I delved into the book when I was on my holiday and cursed myself for not buying the rest of the series! This book has everything! Magic, action, monsters, desperation and romance. Do yourself a favour and read this story! - Chelsea (QBD)
Dark, thrilling Australian fantasy
I really cant say how much I love this book. I discovered it when I was thirteen, and ten years later its one that I return to again and again. Sabriel is a wonderful heroine courageous, practical, and identifiable. The books co-existing worlds - the broken, Dead-infested Old Kingdom, and early 20th century-era Ancelstierre - are vividly detailed. Nix's rendering of Death is fascinating, and as far as I know, unique. Sabriel is a dark, thrilling fantasy, which also features my favourite snippy talking cat. Do read the whole series. Lirael and Abhorsen are just as good. Reviewed by 33as