Synopses & Reviews
The Abhorsen Sabriel and King Touchstone are missing, leaving only Lirael — newly come into her inheritance as the Abhorsen-in-Waiting — to stop the Destroyer. If Orannis's unspeakable powers are unleashed, it will mean the end of all Life. With only a vision from the Clayr to guide her and the help of her companions, Sam, the Disreputable Dog, and Mogget, Lirael must search in both Life and Death for some means to defeat the evil destructor — before it is too late...
The apocalyptic conclusion to the series of events that began with Sabriel and continued in Lirael, the New York Times bestselling Abhorsen is an electrifying reading experience not to be missed.
"Nix brings his trilogy to a literally earth-shattering conclusion....This one is breathtaking, bittersweet, and utterly unforgettable." Kirkus Reviews
"[A] riveting continuation....[T]his thought-provoking fantasy...suggests that Nix may still have more tricks up his sleeve." Publishers Weekly
"The tension throughout the story is palatable, and despite a solid, satisfying conclusion, Nix leaves himself a bit of room to revisit his intricately designed universe..." Booklist
"Abhorsen will delight Nix's dedicated fans. Similar to Tamora Pierce's engaging heroines, this fantasy novel provides readers with a...strong, quick-thinking, compassionate young woman who triumphs against seemingly impossible odds." Children's Literature
"Abhorsen is an excellent denouement for a fantasy that is both literary and popularly accessible." School Library Journal
"[A] brilliant mix of subtlety and tension, darkness and light. Cliff-hanging action combines with Gothic gloom, occasionally leavened by flashes of wit....[P]eopled by strong and believable human and nonhuman characters." VOYA
Now available in paperback the New York Times bestselling conclusion to the Abhorsen trilogy. Lirael, now revealed to be Abhorsen-in-Waiting, realizes that she and her three companions are all that stand between an ancient horror and the world.
About the Author
Garth Nix was born in 1963 in Melbourne, Australia. A full-time writer since 2001, he has worked as a literary agent, marketing consultant, book editor, book publicist, book sales representative, bookseller, and part-time soldier in the Australian Army Reserve. Garth's books include the award-winning fantasy novels Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen; Clariel, a prequel in the Abhorsen series; the cult favorite teen science fiction novel Shade's Children; and his critically acclaimed collection of short stories, To Hold the Bridge. His fantasy novels for younger readers include The Ragwitch, the six books of the Seventh Tower sequence, the Keys to the Kingdom series, and A Confusion of Princes. His books have appeared on the bestseller lists of the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, the Guardian, and the Australian, and his work has been translated in forty languages. He lives in Sydney, Australia, with his wife and two children.