- Used Books
- Staff Picks
- Gifts & Gift Cards
- Sell Books
- Stores & Events
- Let's Talk Books
Special Offers see all
More at Powell's
Recently Viewed clear list
Used Mass Market
Ships in 1 to 3 days
More copies of this ISBN
This title in other editions
Other titles in the Abhorsen Trilogy series:
Sabriel: The Abhorsen Trilogy, Book One (The Abhorsen Trilogy #01)by Garth Nix
Synopses & Reviews
Since childhood, Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, away from the power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who refuse to stay dead. But now her father, the Mage Abhorson, is missing, and Sabriel must cross into that world to find him.
With Mogget, whose feline form hides a powerful, perhaps malevolent spirit, and Touchstone, a young Charter Mage, Sabriel travels deep into the Old Kingdom. There she confronts an evil that threatens much more than her life'and comes face to face with her own hidden destiny...
Garth Nix's first young adult novel, Sabriel was nominated for the Aurealis Award for Excellence in Science Fiction in Australia.
"Rich, complex, involving, hard to put down, this first novel...is excellent high fantasy." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"A page-turner for sure, this intricate tale compares favorably with Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass and will surely appeal to the same audience." Booklist (Starred Review)
"By turns rousing, charming and slyly funny, Sabriel is an engaging tale that slays sexual sterotypes along with its monsters." San Francisco Chronicle
"Sabriel is a winner, a fantasy that reads like realism. Here is a world with the same solidity and four-dimensional authority as our own, created with invention, clarity, and intelligence. I congratulate Garth Nix. And I look forward to reading his next piece of work." Philip Pullman, author of The Golden Compass
"Nix has created a...remarkable and persuasive world; and done it in the grand style of heroic romance." Lloyd Alexander, author of The Black Cauldron
"Nix adds his own flavor to the fantasy novel and tells a unique tale of the female hero quest." Children's Literature
"This wonderful new fantasy is filled with rich and complex imagery." VOYA
"[A] vividly imagined fantasy....[Nix's] monsters are scary and repulsive, his sense of humor is downright sneaky, and he puts his competent but not superhuman heroine through engrossing physical and emotional wringers. This book is guaranteed to keep readers up way past their bedtimes." School Library Journal
"Nix is a new and welcome voice....He creates a believable setting and peoples it with characters who are fascinating....The adventure is dramatic enough to make a reader lose a night's sleep, because the book cannot be put down." The Alan Review
Game of Thrones fans will love the New York Times bestselling Abhorsen series. Sabriel, the first installment in the trilogy, launched critically acclaimed author Garth Nix onto the fantasy scene as a rising star.
Since childhood, Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, away from the power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who refuse to stay dead. But now her father, the Abhorson, is missing, and Sabriel must cross into that world to find him. With Mogget, whose feline form hides a powerful, perhaps malevolent spirit, and Touchstone, a young Charter Mage, Sabriel travels deep into the Old Kingdom. There she confronts an evil that threatens much more than her life and comes face-to-face with her own hidden destiny. . . .
About the Author
Garth Nix was born in 1963 and grew up in Canberra, Australia. After taking his degree in professional writing from the University of Canberra, he slowly sank into the morass of the publishing industry, steadily devolving from sales rep to publicist, until in 1991 he became a senior editor with a major multinational publisher. After a period in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia in 1993, he left publishing to work as a marketing communications consultant. In 1999, he was lured back to the publishing world to become a part-time literary agent. He now lives in Sydney, a five-minute walk from Coogee Beach, with his wife, Anna, and lots of books. Garth is also the author of Sabriel and Shade's Children.
What Our Readers Are Saying
Average customer rating based on 7 comments:
Other books you might like
» Children's » Action and Adventure » Adventure Stories