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This review is from: The Abhorsen Trilogy 3 Volume Boxed Set (Paperback)
I only heard about Garth Nix when I got Mr.Monday free after I ordered Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I read Mr.Monday and thought it was pretty good, so i bought the entire keys to the kingdom series as it currently stands, and i loved it!
I saw good reviews for the Old Kingdom/Abhorsen trilogy and decided i may as well buy the whole series as it was only a tenner.......what a find!!
Harry Potter turned me back on to reading a few years back, i'm 20 now and still love them, but this series was perfect for me. Fantasy, magic and creatures but with an adult and very dark twist!
Sabriel is fairly fast paced, she sets about her journey pretty early on in the book. You learn just enough about her to like her and enough for her destiny and role in the book to have enough mystery. It introduces everything you'll come to love.....free magic, necromancers, the necromantic bells (genius!), mogget etc. As the book progresses you get to learn more about Sabriel and her role as the Abhorsen-in-waiting. The book has a couple of cheeky 'adult' moments that made me grin!
Lirael takes a while to get going but i still absolutely love it. I cant get enough of big books rich in detail, which is one of the reasons i like Order of the Phoenix so much! Lirael is also very likeable and has her own destiny to search for. There is less of Sabriel in this book and the next one as the events in 'Lirael' happen 14 years after the events in 'Sabriel'. This isn't a bad thing though, you'll come to like Lirael as much as Sabriel. This book introduces many new characters, Prince Sameth, Nicholas Sayre, The Disreputable Dog, Hedge etc...and you'll come to love them too! This book follows the separate actions of Prince Sameth,Lirael, Sabriel and King Touchstone, bringing their stories together as it progresses.
Abhorsen wraps things up very nicely but leaves enough things out to keep you wondering and has a very bittersweet ending!! This book is a continuation of the events in Lirael but each book stands on its own well!
After i had read the series i went back and read it again straight away, something ive done with the Harry Potter series 6 times! I didnt think a series would have the same effect on me as Harry Potter but it has!!Definitely recommended for older Harry Potter readers and readers of fantasy in general!! I just hope i havent built it up too much.......its damned good though!