Winner of the Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel
Notable Children's Books of 1997 (ALA)
1997 Best Books for Young Adults (ALA)
1997 Books for the Teen Age (NY Public Library)
Best Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror 1996 (VOYA)
Books in the Middle: Outstanding Books of 1996 (VOYA)
Synopses & Reviews
Sent to a boarding school in Ancelstierre as a young child, Sabriel has had little experience with the random power of Free Magic or the Dead who refuse to stay dead in the Old Kingdom. But during her final semester, her father, the Abhorsen, goes missing, and Sabriel knows she must enter the Old Kingdom to find him. She soon finds companions in Mogget, a cat whose aloof manner barely conceals its malevolent spirit, and Touchstone, a young Charter Mage long imprisoned by magic, now free in body but still trapped by painful memories. As the three travel deep into the Old Kingdom, threats mount on all sides. And every step brings them closer to a battle that will pit them against the true forces of life and death -- and bring Sabriel face-to-face with her own hidden destiny.
With Sabriel, the first installment in the Abhorsen trilogy, Garth Nix exploded onto the fantasy scene as a rising star, in a novel that takes readers to a world where the line between the living and the dead isn't always clear -- and sometimes disappears altogether.
"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
"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)
"[A]n involving fantasy that takes off running and doesn't let up the pace until the final page....The pacing is exquisite, the suspense rising and falling and rising again until the truly edge-of-your-seat finale." Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"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
"[Nix] 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
With this first installment of his New York Times bestselling Abhorsen trilogy, Nix exploded onto the fantasy scene as a rising star in a novel that takes readers to a world where the line between the living and the dead isn't always clear. Now available in this new trade paperback edition geared for older readers.
About the Author
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 trunk full of books and a Silver-Reed typewriter.
Despite a wheel literally falling off the Austin, Garth survived to return to Australia and study at the University of Canberra. After finishing his degree in 1986 he worked in a bookshop, then as a book publicist, a publishers sales representative, and editor. Along the way he was also a part-time soldier in the Australian Army Reserve, serving in an Assault Pioneer platoon for four years. Garth left publishing to work as a public relations and marketing consultant from 1994-1997, till he became a full-time writer in 1998. He did that for a year before becoming a part-time literary agent in 1999. In January 2002 Garth went back to writing full time again, despite his belief that full-time writing explains the strange behaviour of many authors.
Garth currently lives in a beach suburb of Sydney, with his wife Anna, a publisher.