Sabriel by Garth Nix

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by Garth Nix
Abhorsen #1
Random House Audio

Since childhood, Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, away from the random power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who refuse to stay dead. But now her father, the Charter-Mage Abhorsen, is missing, and to find him Sabriel must cross back into that world. With Mogget, whose feline form hides a powerful, perhaps malevolent spirit, and Touchstone, a young Charter Mage, Sabriel travels deep into the Old Kingdom. There she confronts an evil that threatens much more than her life–and comes face-to-face with her own hidden destiny.

I’ve been wanting to read this for a while after hearing great things about this series. One day while looking though what my library had to offer I found Sabriel, the first book of the series, was available. I grabbed at the chance to listen to the story.

The story is sad in a way. Because of the goings on and what has happened in the past, Sabriel doesn’t get to see much of her father. And then he is killed before he can teach her more of what she is, and what she can do. Sabriel then must become the Abhorsen, a person who helps spirits to the other side.

Sabriel meets some interesting people and animals in her journey to complete her destiny. I do wish she was able to have more time with her father, for her father to show her the way, but she manages just fine. With the help of her friends, some soldiers, and her old classmates, she is able to defeat the evil permeating the land. At least temporarily.

The story is enjoyable and pulls at the heart. There are times Sabriel wants to turn back, but she must press on as she is the only hope for the town of people. I will be picking up the next book soon.