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Sabriel (1995)

de Garth Nix

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Sèrie: Old Kingdom (1)

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Sabriel, daughter of the necromancer Abhorsen, must journey into the mysterious and magical Old Kingdom to rescue her father from the Land of the Dead.
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    A Wizard of Earthsea de Ursula K. Le Guin (wosret)
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    The Dark Is Rising de Susan Cooper (electronicmemory)
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I was looking for something a bit a different, and remembered that I had this book sitting on my shelves. Its been a long time since I've read it, and barely remembered the plot. So, I decided to revisit the story.

First, I remember loving this book and inhaling it (which is not recommended). On second reading, I realized why. The book is aimed at the YA crowd, I think it fits better as an all ages book, in the lines of the Hobbit, where its a well written story. The mistakes Sabriel makes are of the growing up sort, too cocky and not enough experience. However, she learns quickly and mistakes are only made once. All decisions are made with reason. The Old Kingdom is a very scary world. And, the death count in this book is high, like entire village's ravaged, with the inhabitants returning as the Dead (think zombies, but scarier). The magic is also incredibly interesting - Garth Nix managed to create a framework where the magic can do most anything, but it is predictable, even a genius in charter magic has to have a basic proficiency in its use.

My only problem with this, is while there is little romance, the two leading characters get together at the end after only spending a few weeks together.

The author knows his stuff. The characters don't just get from A to B, they find food, water, and calls of nature. When they take a journey by boat to the capital of the Old Kingdom, its equal parts tediousness with absolute terror. This is a story where there is actual danger, its not easy, not safe, and certainly not clean. Very few authors can realistically write journeys like this. ( )
  TheDivineOomba | Jul 26, 2022 |
DNF - too drawn out for me to read, felt like nothing was explained. Pity as I was really looking forward to it.
( )
  egge | Jul 16, 2022 |
Recensione in italiano qui: http://thereadingpal.blogspot.it/2016/11/recensione-34-sabriel.html

Silence came at last. Gingerly, they let each other go.
Touchstone shakily groped around for his sword, but Sabriel lit
a candle before he could cut his fingers in the dark. They
looked at each other in the flickering light. Sabriel's eyes were
wet. Touchstone's mouth bloody.
"What was that?" Touchstone asked huskily.
"Astarael," replied Sabriel. "The final bell. It calls everyone
who hears it into Death."



Sabriel is the first book in a series written by Garth Nix. Sabriel, because of her father's death, becomes the new Abhorsen. And to be the Abhorsen means to leave behind your own life, to leave your relationships and your interests, to fight the Death that try to run away from their own place and come back to the living. The Abhorsen uses some bells that, with different sounds, get different effects on the Dead and, also thanks to Charter Magic, she manages to send them back to Death.
But Sabriel is not like the other Abhorsen: she knows nothing of her duty and the Ancient Kingdom from which she herself is from. And she doesn't know that one fo the Great Dead is coming back to conquer both Kingdoms separated by the Wall. And she is the only one who could beat him.
Sabriel, even if the first in a series, can be read on its own as the story of this period ends in this book. Lirael, the second book, is set 14 years later.

Garth Nix has got a particular writing stule that I like and, together with the story, made me go on with it. The world created by Garth Nix is full of original creatures, creatures of Free Magic and quite ancient, but also beings that came back from Death.
And thanks to Sabriel, who, being the Abhorsen, also walks in Death, we can see the structure of this realm, divided in 9 parts.

Sabriel is a great character. Even if thrown in a world completely unknown to her, she almost doesn't whine and she goes on to complete her duty.
Mogget is an ambigous character, imprisoned but the Abhorsen to help the latter, he'd like revenge, but helps Sabriel anyway for a period of time.
Touchstone is an interesting character too, linked with a tight knot to Kerrigor, the deceased evil prince that tries to conquer the two Kingdoms.

The book was way up my expectations and I hope to read the next book soon! ( )
  thereadingpal | Jun 14, 2022 |
Sabriel is a professionally assembled and competently constructed commercial product of contemporary fantasy that strictly adheres to all accepted writing conventions. ( )
  whbiii | Jun 1, 2022 |
The audio version is read by Tim Curry. 'nough said. I didn't expect to like a book about a necromancer, and aside from the constant thoughts about the Dead (you can hear the capitals in his voice), it was an excellent story. Harry Potter fans might enjoy this. The characters are good, and the setting intriguing. ( )
  jennybeast | Apr 14, 2022 |
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Garth Nixautor primaritotes les edicionscalculat
Curry, TimNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Dillon, DianeAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Dillon, LeoAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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Reece, GavinIl·lustradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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Sabriel digested this in silence, staring at the swirls of fish and sauce on her plate, silver scales and red tomato blurring into a pattern of swords and fire. The table blurred too, and the room beyond, and she felt herself reaching for the border with Death. But try as she might, she couldn’t cross it. She sensed it, but there was no way to cross, in either direction – Abhorsen’s House was too well protected. But she did feel something at the border. Inimical things lurked there, waiting for her to cross, but there was also the faintest thread of something familiar, like the scent of a woman’s perfume after she has left the room, or the waft of a particular pipe tobacco around a corner. Sabriel focused on it and threw herself once more at the barrier that separated her from Death. -- p.73
The marks became silver blades as they left her hand, mind and voice, flashing through the air swifter than any thrown dagger. -- p. 107
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