Sabriel (Old Kingdom #1) (Paperback)

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Sabriel was born in the Old Kingdom where magic runs free, but her birth was a great tragedy. Her mother didn't make it, and Sabriel died just a few short minutes later. By luck, Abhorsen, the world's greatest necromancer, was nearby and sensed their recent departures. He knew he didn't have enough time to bring both of them back, so he slipped into the river of death to bring back the baby. What happened next was nothing short of a miracle. Sabriel opened her eyes for the second time, born again, the daughter of Abhorsen.
Eighteen years later, Sabriel is graduating from college in the New Kingdom and is no stranger to death. Being the daughter of a necromancer, she has learned that just because something dies doesn't mean it's gone forever. The last night in her dorms, she has a visitor from beyond death. It's Abhorsen, he's dead, and if Sabriel doesn't find his body soon, it might be too late to save him. She must travel into the Old Kingdom, where a dark and dangerous magic is rising, to bring her father back from death just has he did for her.
Garth Nix has managed to write a book where the magic is so real, it seeps from the book, and finds its way into your heart. Join Sabriel on this epic journey into foreign lands where danger lurks behind every corner, and remember... death is just the beginning.


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— From Zach

Sabriel, the first book in the Old Kingdom Trilogy by Garth Nix, is a story of dark and shadowy times, where budding hope is a rare commodity and the brand of magic woven into the land is all too easily mishandled and misunderstood. There is a stark and troubling change in the wind that blows over the Wall, an ancient divide between two very different territories (the land of Ancelstierre and the Old Kingdom). As the dead rise up amongst the living, only the Abhorsen- a special type of necromancer who can lay the dead to rest- can prevent the impending doom of both territories and the world beyond.

It is a dark time indeed when that same Abhorsen is nowhere to be found. Enter the young and adept Sabriel, who must venture from her sheltered life in Northern Ancelstierre towards the Old Kingdom, where mysterious forces await. While the dead do walk, you won't find the average zombie here: each character, from the most vital and vigilant to the rank and rotten, contributes an essential element (be it humor, cunning, power, or honor) that ultimately makes this fantasy a singular and unforgettable work. Try it: in spite of the shadows that lurk at every turn, you may find yourself unable to resist joining Sabriel on the journey that changes her life forever.

— From Rachel


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 is a New York Times bestselling novelist and has been a full-time writer since 2001, but has also worked as a literary agent, marketing consultant, book editor, book publicist, book sales representative, bookseller, and as a part-time soldier in the Australian Army Reserve.

Garth’s many books include the Old Kingdom fantasy series, beginning with Sabriel and continuing to Goldenhand; the sci-fi novels Shade’s Children and A Confusion of Princes; the Regency romance with magic Newt’s Emerald; and novels for children including The Ragwitch, the Seventh Tower series, the Keys to the Kingdom series, and Frogkisser!, which is now in development as a feature film with Fox Animation/Blue Sky Studios. Garth has written numerous short stories, some of which are collected in Across the Wall and To Hold the Bridge. He has also cowritten several children’s book series with Sean Williams, including TroubleTwisters and Have Sword, Will Travel.

More than six million copies of his books have been sold around the world and his work has been translated into forty-two languages. You can find him online at

Praise For…

“Rich, complex, involving, hard to put down, this first novel is excellent high fantasy.”
— Publishers Weekly

“I think Garth Nix has created a really remarkable and persuasive world; and done it in the grand style of heroic romance-with some wonderful twists and turns. His Sabriel is a herione truly worthy of that role.”
— Lloyd Alexanderm, author of The Black Cauldron

“By turns rousing, charming and slyly funny, Sabriel is an engaging tale that slays sexual sterotypes along with its monsters.”
— San Francisco Chronicle

“Sabriel has a fast pace, drama, vivid descriptions, excitement and humour. Packs of putrefying zombies, too. What more could you want?”
— Guardian Unlimited, Susan Price, author of The Sterkarm Handshake

“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
Product Details
ISBN: 9780062315557
ISBN-10: 0062315552
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: June 3rd, 2014
Pages: 352
Language: English
Series: Old Kingdom

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