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Reading Clariel made me yearn to reread this wonderful series by Garth Nix, which I last read when I was in middle or high school And I have to say, for the most part, it holds up to a reread All the characters are wonderful and well developed the cosmology of Death, Free Magic, and Charter Magic is beautifully wrought and the story pulled me in as intently as before I could barely put the book down to interact with the people I love most.Stylistically, there s a few choices made here that I don t love in particular, Garth Nix is VERY FOND of dramatic sentence fragments They re great when used sparingly, but put enough of them on a page together and I find it makes the narrative a tad choppy That wasn t nearly enough to damp my enthusiasm for the novels, however.I recommend this series for young readers and adults alike. Technically, I started reading this trilogy about ten or so years ago I don t really remember I might ve been around fourth or fifth grade when I first read Sabriel I loved the book so much Bells, the river of death, the Wall there is so much originality I wanted in the Old Kingdom so badly, and I wanted to be Sabriel so badly when I grew up.Of course, I haven t done either of those things But what I did manage to do is read the other two books in the trilogy They never quite hit me the same way Sabriel did the characters just aren t the same, and, uh, Lirael kind of got on my nerves for the first few chapters I stuck through it, though Mostly by being amazed at how accurately Mr Nix portrayed child depression for not belonging Having said that, I think the last two books, Lirael and Abhorsen are written better, have depth and detail to them, and develop the characters and world better Sabriel still wins my heart, though. #Read E-pub ⚪ The Abhorsen Trilogy Box Set æ Popular E Book, The Abhorsen Trilogy Box Set Author Garth Nix This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book The Abhorsen Trilogy Box Set, Essay By Garth Nix Is Now On Our Website And You Can Download It By Register What Are You Waiting For Please Read And Make A Refission For You These were fun books.Sabriel is pretty much a stand alone book, but the second two are really one novel Lirael ends right smack in the middle on a cliffhanger, and Abhorsen starts right where it left offThe trilogy gives us a dual world one which very strongly resembles Britain in the early twentieth century and then, across the Wall, the Old Kingdom, a magical land which is currently in a dire state of anarchy and seriously plagued by the Dead which rise as zombies and make themselves the sort of nuisance that zombies generally do.Sabriel has been raised at a girls school in Ancelstierre Britain , but has always been aware that her father is the Abhorsen, a powerful individual with magical influence over the Dead But when her father disappears, and Sabriel sets out to find him, she realizes that she has never been aware of even half of her father s abilities and duties duties which are now on her shoulders, as she realizes that is at stake than merely her father s lifeThe second story Lirael Abhorsen takes place around 20 years later, and deals mostly with the next generation of course, things are even worse, plots are afoot to bring about the end of the world, necromancers are causing problems, and our young protagonists, Lirael and Sam, must both discover who they truly are, find their path calling in life, and, oh, save the world With the help of the snarky magical cat , Mogget, and the Disreputable Dog. There s something very pure about this trilogy that I can t quite put my finger on Honestly, I think if I d read these books as a teen, I would ve been confused and bored, though that would have been the result of my own inattention Reading them now, I can see the intense and subtle care that has gone into the crafting of Nix s world, especially in the way that magic functions, both as a structured utilitarian system charter magic and a natural, untempered chaotic force free magic There s a lot to explain about how necromancy fits into this, how the Abhorsen stands in as a kind of one person army, maintaining order between the living and the dead Point of view is third person omniscient, but there is no Hagrid like gatekeeper to guide us along and instruct us about what s what and who s who we must instead infer the world s inner workings from how characters suss out whatever situations are going on around them The end result is an exploratory close to the ground experience viewed over the shoulders of the trilogy s protagonists, Sabriel and Lirael, two quiet but highly independent and active characters You could even say that the triology is, at it s core, about young women setting off on their own, executing plans however flawed , and solving seemingly insurmountable problems.There s also a talking cat, and a talking dog, and they are both very good and magical.The trilogy isn t perfect It s villains are not as complex or as frightening as they could be their motives are not where the narrative s interests lie When the endgame boss s ultimate goal is the debasement and destruction of all things everywhere, there s not much doubt as to whether or not the protags will succeed in their quests But it s still a fun ride in the meantime. One of my all time favorite series of books Will never forget this one Sabriel is a one of a kind character that wouldn t fit into the new teenage novels unfortunately so many people probably won t take the time to pick these books up Takes me back to a time when para normal activity was supposed to elicit fear not lust S This is one of my favorite series The world building is amazing, especially the rules of magic that exist in the Old Kingdom, from charter versus free magic to whistle based weather magic to nine watery levels of death All the leads, Sabriel, Lirael, Sam, and Nick, are appealing, and the mysteries in Sabriel, the whole Old Kingdom is something of a mystery and Touchstone s past becomes a key point, and in Lirael, her parentage and true purpose keep the story engaging These stories have a wonderfully reflective and soulful tone that elevates them and makes them feel really worthwhile And perhaps my favorite thing about this series is that it so effortlessly sidesteps conventions of the genre at every turn Sure, some of the staples are there girl with unusual magical heritage, magical animal companion, traveling and bickering with the hero but it never goes quite how you expect it to and manages to avoid anything resembling cutesy or twee And there are so many elements that seem completely unique to this series Instead of self consciously trying to subvert all the tried and often trite tropes of the fantasy genre, the distinctive nature of these stories seems natural, a product of the imaginative world they take place in.That said, the series wasn t perfect, especially Sabriel I was hooked on Sabriel from the first chapter, but I did find that her long, solitary journey at the beginning of the story dragged a little It gave a nice slow burn introduction to the Old Kingdom and necromancy, but I kept wishing she had some human interaction, both to help along her character development and to show that the Old Kingdom was a real if broken down place rather than a barren wasteland the post apocalyptic tone was interesting but made it a little harder to get invested in rebuilding the Kingdom.In contrast, I really liked the slow build up of Lirael s often isolated life with the Clayr I thought the Clayr were a very interestingly drawn group, well meaning and yet they neglect Lirael almost to the point of abuse Even though less happens during this section than during the beginning of Sabriel s journey, it is rife with tension, Lirael s internal conflict between her desperation to finally be a true Clayr versus her desire to escape driving the story forward Sam has similar struggles and character development.I guess I just wish Sabriel, as progenitor of this series, had been better developed She isn t a stock character, she doesn t fall into cliches, but I kept expecting there to be a little to her, and I never really got to see what that was Perhaps if we had seen of her life in at her boarding school in Ancelstierre, the world without magic, before she rushed off to the magical Old Kingdom, to give of a sense of contrast between the worlds and increase the tension of her being out of her elementBut these are just nitpicks, really It was a great series, and one I will come back to again and again. This is a huge book even by my standards, and to add to the confusion it is one of those that, by some strange reason is known under a different title depending on where in the world you live for example in the Authors native Australia this book is entitled The Old Kingdom Chronicles It is also a trilogy that not many fantasy readers appear to know about As for me it took me some time to actually finish reading this, and that was not due to its size.The characters in all three of the books, in my opinion, could have benefitted from a lot time spent in their development None of them really gripped me and made me want to invest of my time in getting to know them I really was expecting to like the characters, but they were flat and very one dimensional people who seemed to enjoy a lot of walking You would have to read the books to understand that reference Having said this, the character of Sabriel in the first book of the three was, by far, the most interesting of any in the Chronicles she is a determined young woman with a definite plan for her life When curve balls are thrown at her she is able to adapt and think on her feet making her the most impressionable of all the characters in these books What really would have helped the characters come into their own in these books would have been background and explanation into how they learned their skills and came to be in the place they are when the books open.The world in which these books are set could have been so much It was a wonderful concept but I felt that the Author really did not do it justice and, like his character development, it would have benefitted from time being spent in the descriptive aspects At no time did I feel as if I had actually been transported into this world and was experiencing the events occurring in a good fantasy novel a reader should feel themselves transported to the alternate world, as that is part of the pull of this genre.After buying this trilogy on the recommendation of a friend, I now wish that I had kept my money in my pocket and will be donating my copy to the local library If long and plodding fantasy books are something you enjoy, this is probably the book series for you if not I would recommend you give this a miss.Originally reviewed on This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. The Abhorsen Trilogy started with Sabriel Sabriel lives in Ancelstierre at the start of the story, a place where charter magic, Garth Nix s own form of spells, doesn t work Sabriel is the daughter of the Abhorsen, a powerful necromancer who defends against the undead creations made by necromancers When a shadowy creation appears and tells her that her father is missing, Sabriel goes to the old kingdom, and searches for her father amidst old enemies and older secrets The story progresses into Lirael and the final part of the trilogy, Abhorsen In this story, Nix tries something that a lot of other authors have tried before He tries to create a set of wizards, in this case necromancers, whose spells are than bolts of light flying around They have a different world, where you have to solve a sort of puzzle and pass a type of test to continue I really enjoyed this interpretation of necromancy, especially after reading The Necromancer by Michael Scott It made me stop and think,which is something that I really appreciate in a book Nix is a great author, and I love all of his books, but Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen, being the first of his writing that I ve read Since they were the first books of his that I read, they ve always stuck with me a little than other titles, like Shade s Children or The Ragwitch The full series is significantly than 1,000 pages long, but I don t recommend reading it broken into multiple sections like a lot of other people did You have to read all of them relatively close together or else you ll start to forget the small details which are often important All in all, the Abhorsen Trilogy is a great read, and I d recommend it to just about anyone, as long as you can take hefty doses of great writing If you can t take large amounts of great writing, then you probably shouldn t be using GoodReads, but that s just my opinion Try getting the boxed set, full book, or buying checking them out today Note I just noticed that there will be a FOURTH book It is backstory on one of the villains Clariel will be released according the the GoodReads page on 2013. Many of you may not have heard of this series I picked it up by complete chance about 5 6 years ago when visiting a relative I forgot the book I was currently reading Magicians Guild and was kinda bored over the weekend there Still having 5 days left on my trip, I walked past a charity shop and sat in the window was a book called Sabriel Now, to me it looked fantasy ish so I picked it up The book was so amazing that by the end of the holiday I was almost finished on the third in the series after two emergency trips to Waterstones Book Store It in fact went on to go to my sister who to this day swears the second in the series being the best book she ever read Lirael and myself having very fond memories of it and wishing, begging, pleading Garth Nix to do a follow up The series I am talking about here is The Old Kingdom Trilogy by Garth Nix Also known as the Abhorson Series in North America it consists of three books Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen The challenge here is doing a review on three books without giving any spoilers I m gonna give it a shot The first book, Sabriel follows a young girl who is in a seemingly normal ish school We quickly find out that this school is behind the wall and therefore safe from what has happened in the old kingdom We find that the old kingdom is full of danger Sabriel gets a message from her farther who is the Abhorsen the man charged with following spirits into death and ensuring they get through it This is a world where evil spirits don t like to die And when they do die they fight death.In the Old Kingdom, when a creature dies it enters into the River of Death Once there, these once living spirits who have both the inclination and the ability to resist the pull of the River of Death may rise again Though very few are powerful enough to fight the currents, if summoned by a necromancer it is a relatively quick process for them unless stopped by the Abhorsen.The fact that the Abhorsen is now missing means that anyone wanting to summon the dead can do so fairly easily Sabriel knows why her father has given her the message she needs to return to the Old Kingdom and rescue him even if he is already dead himself Quickly she finds that to find the Abhorsen she is going to have to fight the dead in both the Old Kingdom and the River of Death Something she does not have nearly enough power for.Her journey is one of magic, betrayal, love, growth and even possessed, talking cats Book Two links in with book one but we are no longer following Sabriel for reasons you will see after book 1 We are now following Lirael , living at a school for those who have the sight she is an outcast on the verge of suicide The Sight is the ability to see into the future or at least see the possibilities that the future brings and the fact she has not yet developed it is of great shame Where as most girls develop the ability around 11, Lirael is 14 now and without it In addition to her lack of the gift, she also differs physically from all the other girls at her school Where as they are beautiful with blonde hair and striking blue or green eyes, she has a pale complexion, black hair and brown eyes.Upon her 14th birthday the Clayr The name of the race that Lirael is a part of appoint her to work at the library Although still distressed over the lack of sight it gives her focus and a role in the school Through her work in the Library Lirael is able to access books that are usually out of bounds and casts a spell, which inadvertently goes wrong and results in the summoning of the Disreputable Dog.Through the usage of the library and help of the Disreputable Dog who can talk , Lirael begins to unlock the keys to embarking upon an adventure of utmost importance.At the same time we meet a prince based in Ancelestierre the good side of the wall who is left injured by a fight with an evil necromancer one that helps the dead rise through the River of the Dead When Sameth is revealed to be in line to become an Abhorsen one day, he rejects the idea due to his fear of necromancy.Their stories are interwoven, whilst Sameth must return to the Old Kingdom and learn to help counter the enormous threats that are coming, Lirael must too do her part with help from the Disreputable Dog Both extremely young and barely able to cast their first, most basic spells just how is it that they will steer the world away from the coming darkness and mystery that is approaching Book Three in the trilogy is Abhorsen It is the linking of the previous two books and of course the conclusion The evil powers in The Old Kingdom have been growing in strength and number and it is the job of the remaining characters to work together and overcome the threat they possess to the thriving Kingdom of Ancelestierre I can t say much else without spoiling the previous two books, but it is certainly a good bringing together of all the characters and story lines up until this point Onto my thoughts on the series this is a very different series It is not a huge or epic fantasy It has been marketed for those aged around 15 17, although is very, very universal I d say the reading age would be higher than that of Harry Potter for example so don t think anyone should label this book as a kids book and write it off The Old Kingdom is one of the most realistic worlds I have ever read about in a geographic sense The contrast of a modern, technologically advanced Ancelestierre living in relative harmony with The Old Kingdom being a complete wasteland full of Demonic Creatures, Magic, Death and Evil is told in a way that is so far unmatched.What really makes the books is the system of death The fact that when an evil creature dies it is not dead it is living in the River of Death is terrifying and a unique way to do things There are 9 gates of death, each with stronger and stronger currents Therefore to ensure that something is really dead you need to push them through all 9 Even the Aborsen can only go a certain distance into death, relying on the currents to push them the through the remaining gates By going too far the Aborsen risks an ambush from any number of dead fighting against the currents, getting trapped against the current or even dragged through the 9th gate them self.When we are not in death, we are primarily in either the Old Kingdom or the Clayr s school Both are fascinating places that are brought to life through Garth Nix s writing style There are various styles of magic Charter Magic, Necromancy and Free Magic that are all used to keep battles and obstacles enjoyable Perhaps the interaction between Sabriel and Mogget the talking cat as well as Lirael and the Disreputable Dog is one of the very best parts in the book There is always the question there as to whether Mogget is trying to help or to kill Sabriel as he openly tells us when we first meet him her that her father trapped his evil spirit into the cats form The book moves at such a breathtaking pace that by the time you have finished you cannot believe how much has really happened Everything is interesting in this series there is not a dull moment and there is very little world building or background that doesn t involve some kind of action.Perhaps my one problem with this series is that it was a trilogy That might sound as if I am saying I want books , but actually it is I want answers There are a few loose ends to say the least and even a few characters who we are lead to believe will be re introduced are not I personally think could be wrong that Garth Nix intended to write of the Old Kingdom books soon after the original trilogies release but simply didn t have time He has gone on to write some very popular series since that maybe he wasn t expecting to do and I can only guess this got put on the back burner Perhaps supporting this assumption is the fact that Garth Nix has written a number of short stories , showing he does want to re enter this world but just doesn t have time or inclination to commit to a full novel.According to wiki pedia not the most reliable of sources Garth Nix has announced two additions to the series a prequel and a sequel of sorts to Abhorsen While the sequel is unnamed, the prequel has the working title Clariel The Lost Abhorsen The books are stated to appear in 2011 HOWEVER I looked a few years ago and it said the same thing but with 2009 on the end so I am waiting to see.Fantastic series that if you have not done already you need to check out Just be aware that it is a book that will draw you so deep into its world and characters that leaving them will be hard and leaving them without a complete resolution is even tougher I guess the question to ask Is leaving a reader begging for always a good thing