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  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; Revised edition (3 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062315579
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062315571
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 699,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 worked in a bookshop and then moved to Sydney. There he sank lower into the morass of the publishing industry, steadily devolving from sales rep through publicist until in 1991 he became a senior editor with a major multinational publisher. After a period travelling in Eastern 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, son Thomas, and lots of books.

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The third book in Garth Nix's Abhorsen trilogy is everything it promised to be and everything it could ever have been, coming as it did after Sabriel and Lirael--two of the most riveting fantasy novels in recent years. More a continuation of Lirael than Sabriel, which was set 20 years before it's sequel, Abhorsen nevertheless completes this outstanding sequence of books with considerable style and a consistent quality of prose that is enviable and to be admired.

The book opens in the Abhorsen's house in the Old Kingdom where Lirael, the Abhorsen-in-waiting and Prince Sameth, Sabriel's heir, are contemplating their next manoeuvre. They are surrounded on all sides by the dead, marshalled into action by Chlorr of the Mask--a Greater Dead in league with the necromancer Hedge. He in turn is working towards the resurrection of Orannis, the Destroyer. With no word from Sabriel or King Touchstone, the situation is perilous. The Old Kingdom and its neighbouring Ancelstierre are in political turmoil, unaware of the menace that is about to be unleashed from it's subterranean prison.

With the expert company of the Disreputable Dog and mysterious cat Mogget, both wielders of powerful free magic, Lirael and Sam must escape in order to save all Life from doom. Their subsequent trek across these magical lands is perilous and spectacular… and not without a high cost.

Volumes one and two of this altogether thrilling saga are essential reading before attempting to grapple with Abhorsen. Nix's worlds are complex and rich and his characters many and multi-dimensional. From the unexpectedly devastating prologue, through to the nail-biting dénouement, the author demonstrates just how at home he is in this genre. His imagination is raw and exciting, and his novels don't get much better than this. (Age 10 and over) --John McLay --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


“At once an allegory regarding war and peace and a testament to friendship, this thought-provoking fantasy also resolves the true identities of the popular Dog and Mogget characters-and suggests that Nix may still have more tricks up his sleeve.” Publishers Weekly

“Fans will be overjoyed.” School Library Journal

Praise for Sabriel…
“Sabriel is a winner, a fantasy that reads like realism. I congratulate Garth Nix.” Philip Pullman

“Fast pace, drama, vivid descriptions, excitement and humour… What more could you want?” The Guardian

"Every publisher thinks they have the next great children's fantasy writer. Harper Collins know they have." Nick Holt, AML

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By "matimus-book-worm" on 22 May 2005
Format: Paperback
The third in the Garth Nix Trilogy about the supernatural adventures of Sabriel, Lirael, Touchstone, Mogget, The Disreputable Dog, Sanar, Ryelle, Ellimere and Sameth. They are the only ones who can re-establish what the seven strove to do long before.
This is a book about magic, supernatural creatures, the fight to overcome destruction by an evil force and cameraderie.
I loved this book because all the characters are colourfully described and the story was well structured, well written and compulsive.
This trilogy was the best read I have read for a long time. It is suitable for the ages of 11-17 years old. Start with Sabriel and read them in the correct order or you will be confused.
If you have read the first two books of the trilogy: Sabriel and Lirael then you will love Abhorsen. In fact if you read the first two, you won't be wondering whether to buy Abhorsen, but how quickly you can get your hands on it. If you haven't started this trilogy yet then you should.... you will not be dissappointed if you like supernatural fictional adventure.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jasper Wong on 12 April 2005
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Abhorsen is an increadible book. The entire book is written in a very graceful but yet very easy to understand style. There are certain parts in Abhorsen that are very well detailed and very sad.
The plot continues from Lirael, about the necromancer Orannis who's goal is to destroy the world. The people chosen by destiny to foil Orannis' plots are few; Lirael, Sabriel, Touchstone, the representatives of the Clayr, and Prince Sameth. Orannis has controlled a lesser necromancer called Hedge to force (by finding people in death and binding them to a necromancers will) spirits to work for him. Unfortunately, Nick, unwittingly walked into Hedge, was bound to the necromancers will, and was unwittingly about to cause the destruction of the world.
Abhorsen ends the 'old kingdom' series stunningly. The previous two books, Sabriel and Lirael were very interesting and very well written, and Abhorsen only outdoes it predecesor, Lirael. The only problem about Abhorsen is that it is the continuation of Lirael, which ended on a cliffhanger. Abhorsen picks up almost exactly where Lirael left off so it is essential to read Lirael before you read this.
Abhorsen has finished the series so that Garth Nix still has space to write a sequel (or another story related to Abhorsen), thank goodness, as many people especially the people who enjoyed the 'old kingdom' series, will want to read more.
It is quite rare to have a series that has a great first book, second book, and third book. Usually the first book will be the best, the second very disappointing, and the third slightly better, though no-where near matching the quality and style of the first.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Zoe on 24 Jan. 2005
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I'd say this is my favourite fantasy book ever. The reasons are numerous - the beautifully fleshed out characters, the blisteringly original ideas, well realised and logical magical systems, unique and beautiful world...I could go on.
The ending of this book, beautifully foreshadowed and movingly written, should be taught in schools. I cry every time I read it - and that's not because of heavy handed sentimentalism but through delicate and powerful writing.
Now to handle a couple of criticisms I see here in the reviews section. The first is that this book is not quite as good as Sabriel. I'm afraid that this isn't the case. Technically, the writing is in fact far superior - more evocative, more precise, and showing far less evidence of 'info dump' syndrome. The story is also a lot deeper, and the characters of Lirael and Sam, flawed as they are, are more convincing than perfect, noble Sabriel and Touchstone (much though I love them). The second criticism is that Nix used a 'deux ex machina' to end this book. 'Deux ex Machina' literally means 'God in the machine' - where some powerful other force comes along and gets the hero out of a mess from which he cannot extrict himself. It is a hallmark of sloppy writing. This term is inaccurate: Nix puts his characters in a position to solve the problems that oppose them, and they do, after much pain and sacrifice. There's no miraculous solution, and no hint of a panicky writer using Deux ex Machina to fix his plot problems.
I'd say that this book is an essential read for any lover of fantasy. It explores new ideas with such verve that it has had a huge effect on the YA and fantasy genres; and for that alone it deserves its bestseller status. But it's also a thumping good story. So buy it!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jasper Wong on 10 Feb. 2005
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The final book in the trilogy keeps up the level of writing and the pace of the previous two (Sabriel and Lirael). Abhorsen ends the trilogy very well and the ending (and the rest of the book too, mind you) is written stunningly.
The entire series is about old magic, the charter, powerful necromancers, and the Clayr, the royal family, and the Abhorsen.
Abhorsen is mostly about Lirael, Sam, The Disreputable dog and Mogget's adventures rather than Touchstone's and Sabriel's adventures.
Abhorsen has a strong beginning and ending. The beginning is somehow shocking, but that shock is smoothened out later in the book. The ending is sad and touching.
Note: If you have read Sabriel but not Lirael, read Lirael first. Since this book is mostly about her and her companions, not reading Lirael will make you a little confused.
I recommend this book to anyone who liked Sabriel and Lirael. Anyone who is starting the series should undoubtedly start from the beginning of the series.
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