Friday, 23 October 2015

Sabriel by Garth Nix 

Sabriel is both the title of the book as well as the name of the protagonist. The story begins at the all girls school which Sabriel attends. It’s night time (at least I think it is) and she’s supposed to be meeting her father however he never turns up. 

There are two worlds in this book; The Old Kingdom where Sabriel was born and the place her Father lives and works, and Ancelstierre where Sabriel goes to school. When her Father fails to meet her, Sabriel knows something is wrong and hurriedly sets out to find him. This move is the beginning of her adventure through the Old Kingdom as she attempts to discover what has happened. 

Once in the Old Kingdom she meets new people and creatures, some try to kill her and others she befriends. This book involves magic, fighting and DEAD THINGS! (But not zombies.) Also Sabriel is a necromancer which is cool and I probably should’ve mentioned that earlier.

This book was lent to me by my friend (like almost every other book I read) and the simple fact that she liked it is enough for me to know that I will most likely love it too because it’s been that way since primary school. Any way, if that wasn’t enough to get me excited about reading ‘Sabriel’ then the cover definitely was. The colours are so pretty and I just think it looks really nice.

I wouldn’t say I loved this book from beginning to end as it took a while for it to grow on me. Once Mogget was introduced though I had a hard time not loving the book. I got extremely attached to that strange free magic ‘cat’. I also really liked the world in which ‘Sabriel’ is set and the juxtaposition between Ancelstierre and the Old Kingdom. They’re both such different  places yet the only physical thing that separates them is a wall.

There wasn’t much action in my opinion until the very end. For the most part the book was smooth sailing with the odd evil encounter. The only reason I managed to finish the book was the fact that I was wanted some answers to the questions I had which were;
  1. What’s happened to her Dad?
  2. What’s the difference between charter and free magic? (For the record I am still seriously confused about this.)

So even though the book wasn’t as eventful as I would have liked it was still really good. The characters are interesting (oh, did I say characters? Yeah, I mainly meant Mogget. Sabriel was cool too but no one beats Mogget) and so was the world in which is was set. Basically I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone who likes to read books from the fantasy genre.

Rating: 4.5 stars.

Till next time,
Erin xoxo.

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