Book 38: Abhorsen

Book Title: Abhorsen
Author: Garth Nix
Published: 2003
Pages: 358
Category: fiction: young adult, fiction: fantasy


I find it hard to write about most series, or trilogies, as individual books, the story runs together throughout the three books in a way that I find hard to separate into individual reviews – the books will always be connected in my mind.

Where Abhorsen differs from Lireal, is in the amount of individual story threads coming together between the pages of this novel. Characters from across the trilogy finally begin working together, and realizing what is at stake. And they finally piece together the ideas that we as readers have already reached.

Overall I really do enjoy this series, its a different brand of magic than most of the other fantasy books I’ve read, and weaves together a lot of Garth Nix’s own brand of mythology and imagination.

Magic, self-sacrifice, self-discovery, love, adventure, and danger, this series is one I will definitely keep around to read again and again.

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2 Responses to Book 38: Abhorsen

  1. Jenn Zee says:

    I must simply comment that I love that you’ve read and like these books too! Have you read Across the Wall, the novella and short story collection? It’s quite good.

    Also, I would love to see Sabriel someday turned into a movie…it would make a good fantasy film…done at all well….

    • Pippa says:

      I read them pretty much yearly, love them to bits, I didn’t think he would be able to top Sabriel as a character, but I love Lireal to pieces.

      And yes I have read the stories collection, I thought it was brilliant too.

      Definitely, if it was done properly I think it could definitely be a great stand-alone movie. Not sure about the 2nd two, but that would be very cool to see! Especially all the visuals of the Charter Marks. So cool!

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