Sabriel by Garth Nix

I’m feeling very brave this morning because I finally managed to finish Sabriel on my fourth attempt. It’s not a difficult book at all, but it scared me out of my skin. It’s borrowed from the LRC all the time, so I don’t know if many pupils would agree with me (or do agree and that’s why they borrow it!).

In case you haven’t read it, Sabriel is the daughter of Abhorsen, a necromancer who works within the law to fight against the dead. One night she receives her father’s bells and sword – a sure sign he is in deep trouble – and sets off to rescue him.

Like most books involving a journey, along the way she meets helpful beings, like Major Horyse, evil beings who hunt her down (terrifying chase scene) and ambiguous beings, such as a small white cat called Mogget. One of the best names for a cat ever.

It is a fantastic book, thoroughly recommended – but maybe don’t read it at night if you have an overactive imagination.

Sabriel is the first of the Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix. Check out the fantastic website!

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