Sabriel (Old Kingdom #1) (Paperback)

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Sabriel (Old Kingdom #1) (Paperback)


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This is book number 1 in the Old Kingdom series.

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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.

Dark Secrets, Deep Love, and Dangerous Magic

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 destiny.

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.” —Philip Pullman, author of His Dark Materials trilogy

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 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.

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

“Rich, complex, involving, hard to put down, excellent high fantasy.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Nix has created an ingenious, icy world. The action charges along at a gallop. A page-turner for sure.” — ALA Booklist (starred review)

“By turns rousing, charming and slyly funny, Sabriel is an engaging tale that slays sexual stereotypes 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

“A wonderful new fantasy filled with rich and complex imagery.” — Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

“Nix’s monsters are scary and repulsive, his sense of humor is downright sneaky, and he puts his heroine through engrossing physical and emotional wringers. This book is guaranteed to keep readers up way past their bedtimes.” — School Library Journal

“A compelling fantasy. The story is remarkable for the level of originality and leaves readers to explore for themselves.” — Horn Book Magazine

“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 Alexander, author of The Black Cauldron

“An 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. A winner for fantasy and adventure lovers.” — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“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