Friday, January 8, 2016

Book Review: Sabriel (Abhorsen #1) by: Garth Nix

Release Date: September 30, 1996
from Harper
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"Since childhood, Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, away from the power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who refuse to stay dead. But now her father, the Abhorson, is missing, and Sabriel must cross into that world to find him. 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."

My Thoughts:

I adore high fantasy books, so it’s kinda surprising I hadn’t read Sabriel yet. I mean, this book has become like high fantasy legend so I really had no excuse. I’m so glad I finally got to this one because it was a great read. The characters and the story and the world were fantastic. This is such hard core high fantasy and I absolutely loved that.

Sabriel is an awesome heroine and I loved her. She is so strong and resilient and determined. She is thrust into dangerous and insane circumstances and she just rises to the occasion. I can’t even fully express how much I loved what a strong heroine Sabriel was.

I also loved the supporting cast. Mogget was so sassy and fun and you have to love him even though he is rude. And of course I loved Touchstone. So loyal and devoted and willing to do what needs to be done. I wish I had gotten just a tad more of the romance between those two, but honestly that doesn’t even bother me because that’s not the story. The story is Sabriel’s and her journey. Touchstone just happens to be a part of that.

Like I mentioned before, I loved this world. The magic and everything about it was incredibly intriguing. I was hooked and loved how dangerous yet alluring the world was. This is what I love about fantasy, getting lost in another world.

Just a quick note on the audio. When I saw that Tim Curry was narrating this one I had a slight freak out. I love Tim Curry, so I was super excited. So I was a bit bummed that he didn’t do as good a job as I would have hoped. He was a good narrator but I have definitely listened to better. Also, the more I think about it, it kinda bugs me that a guy narrates this one when our MC is a girl. But anyhow, it was still enjoyable.

All in all, Sabriel is a really good read and fantasy fans need to read it. If you’re like me, a fantasy fan who somehow hasn’t read this one, you should fix that.


  1. Oh no, you didn't love the narration?! I'm so sorry - it's funny because I thought he was beyond amazing and it didn't even bother me that he was male narrating a girl's story. I just loved the performance he put into it! Ah well, we can't all agree on all things and what's MORE important is that I'm SO happy that you read this for the first time and that you loved it too :D My review for Abhorsen just went up and got me all nostalgic for the series so when I saw your review here I got really excited - not gonna lie XD I also ADORED Sabriel and how strong she was! I loved the magic, the darkness and honestly ALL of it! It's like you said, it's hardcore fantasy and I love it <3 I'm already anxious to read your thoughts on Lirael and Abhorsen^^ Awesome review Teresa!!

  2. Wendy loves this series, but I never really gave it much of a second glance! Maybe I need to? I'm really happy it has everything you love in HF! That is definitely a huge plus!

  3. As you know, I'm a huge High Fantasy fan as well, but I haven't read this one! Though the narrative wasn't to your liking, I'm happy you really enjoyed this one! It does sound like I really need to pick this one up as soon as possible!

    Lovely review! *HUGGLES*

  4. I read this book years ago and loved it. I picked it up a few years later to re-read and I still loved it. I admit, I was a bit disappointed with the lack of romance but then it is like what you said, that isn't what this book is about. Too often books stray from the original plot and focus on the romance only, so I have to give Nix props for not doing the same thing. Sabriel is my favorite book of the series.

  5. I'm sorry the audio didn't work out but so glad that you enjoyed the story -- love the cover and the synopsis! Awesome review!

  6. High fantasy is not my thing but I'm glad it was enjoyable for you.


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