Review: Sabriel (Abhorsen #1) by Garth Nix

Author: Garth Nix
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: September 30th 1996
Source: ebook (purchased)


Sabriel is the daughter of the Mage Abhorsen. Ever since she was a tiny child, she has lived outside the Wall of the Old Kingdom--far away from the uncontrolled power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who won't stay dead.
But now, her father is missing and Sabriel is called upon to cross into the world to find him, Leaving the safety of the school she has known as home, Sabriel embarks upon a quest fraught with supernatural dangers, with companions she is unsure of--for nothing is as it seems within the boundary of the Old Kingdom. There, she confronts an evil that threatens much more than her life, and comes face to face with her hidden destiny. - Goodreads

Sabriel is in her last year at a college for girls that, besides the main curriculum, also gives some magic lessons. She is the daughter of Abhorsen and since childhood, she has been educated in Charter Magic. The fact that her father's job is to keep the Dead dead has everything to do with it.
When her father goes missing Sabriel has to go back to the Old Kingdom in order to be able to find him and hopefully save him. She is exposed to new dangers and to new situations, finding the truth about her father and her family. Now she finds that the land she left when she was five has changed, and not for the better. The danger has risen and she is just beginning to learn how deep these problems really are.
In this book, we get the chance to accompany Sabriel on a magical journey that is bound to change her life forever. This journey not only involves her and her father but also a plethora of other characters that we get to know as time passes.
We are introduced to a magical world that perfectly portraits how nothing is totally good or bad, it depends on how we make use of it. Life, love and magic are all combined in a perfect recipe in the form of a wonderful book.
Sabriel and her friends evolve and change as circumstance asks for and mould themselves while also not forgetting who they really are. As her understanding of her path in the world changes, we get to see how a college girl turns into an Abhorsen. She goes from being the normal girl to being elevated to a status in which everyone expects her to be the best and she finds a way to do it. Through all of this, she stills recognises her faults and mistakes.
I believe that this is a great book for readers of all ages and that Sabriel sets a good example of how we should face life. Garth Nix did a wonderful job with this book and I might add that this turned out to be one of my favourite books ever.

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