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Dark magic and tales of destiny - what more could you want?,
This review is from: Abhorsen (Hardcover)Before elaborating on Abhorsen, you have to read Lirael first to fullyunderstand the plot, as the two books share the same characters andstoryline, unlike the original Sabriel, which is a novel that is on itsown.
This is a fantastic book, incredibly satisfying, and by the end, Ihad a feeling of great contentment. Garth Nix is superb with his creationof the Old Kingdom and Charter Magic, and he uses the ideas to greateffect. The identities of the Disreputable Dog and the elusive Mogget arerevealed, and the terrible force that threatens to destroy the world isunmasked.
The plot: Lirael, the Abhorsen-in-Waiting (the currentAbhorsen is Sabriel; Abhorsens keep the Dead dead, so to stop themdestroying Life itself) and Prince Sameth embark on a quest to saveSameth's friend, Nick, who is ignorantly bringing about the end of theworld. They are helped by the Disreputable Dog and Mogget, two elusivecharacters who are as mysterious as ever (Mogget is great - I love hissarcasm). Other characters include Hedge, the necromancer (enemies of theAbhorsen who raise the Dead and use them for their own purposes}who isstrangely helping Nick, and there is Sabriel and Touchstone, the Abhorsen,who is also Queen of the Old Kingdom, and the King of the Old Kingdom,whose lives hang in the balance after the explosive beginning.
This isan excellent read, very entertaining and interesting. Even though it isthe last book in this trilogy, I hope that Garth Nix will write more booksof this kind - he is a true master of storytelling.