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The Abhorsen Chronicles: Sabriel/Lirael/Abhorsen (Abhorsen Trilogy) [Paperback]

Garth Nix
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  • Paperback: 1224 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Teen; 1 edition (30 Dec 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061441821
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061441820
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.2 x 5.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,705 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 Abhorsen Chronicles All three novels in Nix's bestselling Abhorsen trilogy are now collected in a single volume than includes a bonus novella about the world of Abhorsen, previously published in "Across the Wall." Includes "Sabriel, Lirael," and "Abhorsen." Full description

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I'm a secondary English teacher, so I often 'check out' children's literature to make recommendations for my pupils who don't like to read. The first Garth Nix book I read was Mister Monday, which although thoroughly absorbing and enjoyable is clearly written for pre-teens. So, I was wonderfully surprised when a librarian recommended Sabriel to me as this novel is definitely meant for late teens and/or adults.

The Abhorsen Chronicles is a trilogy of three novels. Sabriel is a dark, rites of passage masterpiece that rivals Lord of the Rings. It is a stand-alone novel, but as Nix created such a believable world, it is no surprise that he then created the sequels: Lirael and Abhorsen - these two books need to be read one after the other to truly appreciate the writer's craft. Not only is Nix blessed with a wonderful way with words, he is also very skilful in creating a complex web of intriguing storylines that have real meaning by the end.

I would recommend this to young adults who enjoy Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings. I am sure you will also struggle to put the book down, fall in love with the characters and dream of the Old Kingdom existing somewhere out of sight in our world, just waiting to be discovered.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Into death 16 Jan 2009
Necromancers are usually the bad guys in fantasy. When you can control dead bodies, it's a given that people might not like you.

But Garth Nix turned that little trope on its head with "The Abhorsen Chronicles," three interconnected fantasies about a family of necromancers who lay the dead -- and forces of evil -- to rest. His richly-realized world, elaborate magicks and brilliantly detailed writing give this wry, horrific high-fantasy a special quality that few other fantasy books have. Each of the three books about the Abhorsens is definitely a deserving classic.

"Sabriel" is the story of a teenage girl living happily at a girl's school, while her necromancer father (the Abhorsen) roams around putting the dead to rest. All that changes when a sending brings her father's sword and bells, meaning that he is dead or incapacitated. So Sabriel takes on her father's duties, accompanied by a Free Magic cat and a mysterious young prince, and battles the specter of a horrible evil creature that is reaching out from death to snare her.

"Lirael" takes us to the cold citadel of the Clayr, a race of seers to whom the Sight is everything. Young Lirael is depressed because she doesn't have the gift of Sight yet, even though everybody else her age does. But things take a sinister turn when she sets a horrifying, bloodthirsty creature loose, and must work -- with the help of the mysterious Disreputable Dog -- to get rid of it. But what Lirael doesn't know is that the outside world is in danger too, from a sinister new enemy -- and her destiny may take her out of the Clayr glacier, to where Sabriel's family is struggling to keep their kingdom safe.

"Abhorsen" brings the series to an explosive conclusion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for kids 17 July 2009
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Don't be put off by the fact you'll find the Abhorsen series in the children's/young adults section - these books are very accessible to the Adult reader. Dark, well paced and clearly and cleverly a primer to introducing children to the idea of death and the loss of loved ones. Great pace, a lot of action and a very involving story line.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing short of a Masterpiece! 18 Aug 2014
Firstly I'd like to say, I'm a huge literary fan, and have even written stories myself, one particularity a fan fiction based off the ideas created in these books. Garth Nix manages to create a living, breathing world over the course of this vibrant trilogy.

The characters are compelling and have back stories that are bathed in lore, even the minor characters are weaves flawlessly into the story arc. Nix crafts an immersive story that takes place over The Abhorsen Trilogy filled with excitement and intrigue, for readers both young and old you will be thrilled by this classic story of friendship and adventure.

In my opinion it is one if the greatest pieces of work ever created, certainly a story I frequently return to so I can enjoy the sheer wit and literary knowledge displayed within this masterpiece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic series of books 18 Aug 2014
Fantastic series of books, Garth Nix is an amazing writer and i enjoy reading all of his books.

The Abhorsen series is one i could read over and over again and never get bored of it. From the enigmatic Mogget to the magic and necromancy, it had me gripped and wanting to read more.

I would highly recommend this book for any age group as it is a fantastic read and will keep them occupied for many hours.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best trilogies ever written. 31 May 2014
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An amazing book by an amazing author. This in my opinion is a rival to Lord of the Rings, and will keep you turning the page for one more chapter before bed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars abhorsen chronicles 26 April 2014
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Arrived in good condition. A trilogy with add on stories aimed at older children as well as adults. The stories take you across the wall into a world ruled by magic. Excellent!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Garth Nix is amazing for any age
This trilogy is brilliant, especially if you like Phillips pullman's dark materials trilogy and harry potter. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sarah Tucker
3.0 out of 5 stars Arrived
Yes, The book arrived as described. It was a little later than I had hoped, but no problem.
Published on 20 July 2010 by RICHARD BEAUMONT
4.0 out of 5 stars Foray into fantasy
Knowing nothing about the book or author I delved into Sabriel, I found it different to my usual choice of book and a bit slow to start, but the book gets better as you move... Read more
Published on 28 April 2010 by Steve in Norwich
4.0 out of 5 stars A thrilling encounter
This book is a thrilling and scary account of Sabriels travels in the old kingdom, her search for her father and her decedent's adventures later. Read more
Published on 17 Feb 2010 by M. Hamilton
3.0 out of 5 stars a brick of a book
when i got this i was disappointed by the books size and quality. firstly its over a 1000 pages so very hard to hold whilst reading in bed, and secondly the pages are of such poor... Read more
Published on 18 Nov 2009 by Ms. S. Rehman
5.0 out of 5 stars Over The Wall and Far Away....
Nix has created a wonderful world that really comes to life and I have read them all three times now! Very easy to read but very hard to put down! Read more
Published on 18 Aug 2009 by lushbug
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I found this Trillogy engrossing, entertaining & very difficult to put down. I am also enjoying Mr Nix's Week, can't wait for Sunday to finally come out. Read more
Published on 1 Jun 2009 by Freehold
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