Sabriel

Author Nix, Garth
Language English
Publisher
New York NY: Harper an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2014




Annotation:

Sabriel, daughter of the necromancer Abhorsen, must journey into the mysterious and magical Old Kingdom to rescue her father from the Land of the Dead.



Subjects :

  • Magic Fiction
  • Old Kingdon (Imaginary Place) Juvenile Fiction
  • Fantastic Fiction
  • Fathers And Daughters Juvenile Fiction
  • Missing Persons Fiction
  • Young Adult Fiction
  • Electronic Books
  • Old Kingdon (Imaginary Place) Fiction
  • Fantasy Fiction
  • Fantasy
  • Fantasy Fiction (Juvenile)
  • Fantasy Fiction, Australian
  • Cxp
  • Old Kingdom (Imaginary Place) Fiction
  • Young Adult Fiction, Australian
  • Fathers And Daughters Fiction

Back to Top

Author Illustrator(s) :

Back to Top

Best Books :

  • 100 Best Young Adult Books of All Time, 2015 , Young Adult
  • Best of the Best Revisited (100 Best Books for Teens), 2001 , Fiction
  • Booklist Book Review Stars, 1996 , None
  • Books in the Middle: Outstanding Books, 1996 , None
  • Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens, 2002 , Audiobooks
  • Fantastic Fiction: Great Fantasy Books for Ages 11 to 17, 2005 , Journeys, Quests and Discoveries
  • Middle And Junior High School Library Catalog, Eighth Edition, 2000 , None
  • Middle and Junior High School Library Catalog, Ninth Edition, 2005 , None
  • Notable Children's Books, 1997 , Older Readers
  • Publishers Weekly Book Review Stars, 1996 , Fiction
  • Publishers Weekly Book Review Stars, 0 , Fiction
  • School Library Journal: Best Books for Young Adults, 1996 , None
  • Senior High Core Collection, Seventeenth Edition, 2007 , None
  • Senior High School Library Catalog, Sixteenth Edition, 2002 , None
  • YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 1997 , None
  • YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 2003 , Flights of Fantasy: Beyond Harry and Frodo

Back to Top

Awards, Honors & Prizes :

  • Aurealis Award , Young Adult , 1995
  • Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature , None , 2005

Back to Top

State & Provincial Reading List :

  • Abraham Lincoln Illinois High School Book Award; None 2005-2005
  • Alaska Battle of the Books; High School 2007-2007
  • Alaska Battle of the Books; High School 2014-2014
  • Nevada Young Readers' Award; Young Adult 1999-1999
  • Tayshas High School Reading List; Young Adult 1998-1999
  • Utah Children's Book Awards; Young Adult 1999-1999

Back to Top

Curriculum Tools :

Back to Top

Reading Measurement Programs:


999999
() .

Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.
1000L

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Reading Level 7.9
Interest Level High School
Title Point Value 21

Accelerated Reader
Accelerated Vocabulary
Interest Level UG
Accelerated Reader Points 16

Back to Top

Reviews :

CCBC (CCBC)
Sabriel's father is the Mage Abhorsen, a necromancer. But his charge is not to raise the dead, rather to lay them back to rest, to keep them from harming the living. When word comes from within the walls of the Old Kingdom where her father resides that he is missing, Sabriel realizes that she must be the one to find him. If he is not already dead, than he is trapped somewhere between the living and the dead, and the knowledge of Free Magic and the art of necromancy which he has passed on to her is the only thing which can help him. The young woman journeys into the Old Kingdom, traveling deeper and deeper the place where the darkness of death resides to meet a destiny she is not certain she is ready to embrace. Garth Nix has created an imaginative, intricately detailed world and finely drawn characters in a fantasy in which the forces of life and death are engaged in constant battle. CCBC categories: Fiction for Teenagers. 1996, HarperCollins, 292 pages, $15.95. Ages 12-15.
(PUBLISHER: HarperCollins (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1995.)

Jodi L. Israel (Kliatt)
This is a multi-book review. Sabriel, the first volume of a top-notch fantasy series, is an intriguing mixture of the familiar and exotic. When she is 18, Sabriel's plans to ease into adulthood are abruptly thrown into disarray when her father is mortally wounded by an old enemy. Sabriel must assume the mantle of his responsibility, though she has no idea what that means. She only knows that failure on her part will bring about the end of the world as she knows it. Curry brings his dry, witty delivery to a bevy of characters including Sabriel's guide, the feline-shaped Moggett, who is particularly sarcastic when he is not otherwise bored. Curry shows his sensitive side as well in Touchstone, released from a 200-year imprisonment, who is full of guilt for his part in the events that rent the kingdom. Sabriel herself is a rich canvas. Her confusion, fear, strength and power are heard in abundance. Lirael begins 14 years after the end of Sabriel. Lirael is a daughter of the Clayr, whose visions are known throughout the kingdom. Unfortunately, the Sight has not been awakened in 14-year-old Lirael; instead she throws herself into working in the great library of the Clayr. Though her hopes of being a true Daughter never completely fade, she begins to understand that she has a higher role to play, one even the Clayr has not foreseen. In addition to all the familiar characters, Curry has the Disreputable Dog, a voluntary servant of the Charter, femininely sarcastic but also comforting. Curry must also age Lirael from 14 to 20, from childish, self-absorbed teen to vulnerable adult, something he does with both aplomb and believability. Most of the important and cliff-hanging revelations are revealed in the final cassette, but the process of getting there is well worth the effort. The third book, Abhorsen, is expected in January. Highly recommended for all collections. Category: Fiction Audiobooks. KLIATT Codes: JSA*--Exceptional book, recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2002 (orig. 1995), Listening Library/Random House Audio, 7 tapes. 10.40 hrs.; Vinyl; author, reader, plot notes., $33.00. Ages 12 to adult.
(PUBLISHER: Listening Library Seven cassettes 10.75 hrs. Retail pak $33.00., PUBLISHED: 2002 (orig. 1995))

Jennifer Dowell (AudioFile)
Harry Potter fans will likely be drawn to Garth Nix's fantasy, with its magical incantations and young protagonist. In fact, SABRIEL is more evocative of Tolkien's RINGS trilogy--it's an epic journey in a world as richly realized as Middle-earth and much darker and bloodier than Harry's trials at Hogwarts. Unlike THE LORD OF THE RINGS, a young woman's voyage of self-discovery is at the heart of the story. Tim Curry brings authority to the reading, grounding the fantastic elements with nuance of character and depth of emotion, particularly in his portrayal of the eponymous heroine, Sabriel, a magic-wielding necromancer. But he also gets the chance to show off some vocal acrobatics, as when he purrs and growls his way through the mysterious cat-guide, Mogget's, dialogue. As the breathless adventure comes to a close, listeners can rejoice in being able to continue the series with LIRAEL and ABHORSEN. J.M.D. 2003 YALSA Selection (c) AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine Unabridged. 2002 (orig. 1995), Listening Library, Seven cassettes, 10.75 hrs., Retail pak, $33.00. Ages 10 up.
(PUBLISHER: Listening Library Seven cassettes 10.75 hrs. Retail pak $33.00., PUBLISHED: 2002 (orig. 1995))

Lesley S.J. Farmer (Kliatt)
Sabriel has been rescued once from death by her necromancer father Abhorsen. As a student, Sabriel in turn revives a rabbit from apparent death. Sabriel didn't see her father often -- he visited her undercover at her boarding school, but she was definitely distraught when a messenger gives her a set of chanting bells and a sword that her father never removed. Sabriel knows she has to rescue her father, probably from death. To that end, she must enter the Old Kingdom and face the growing evil that stalks the countryside. There she finds that death itself is in jeopardy as the undead suck the life out of the natives. Will her magic be enough to help her father, the Kingdom -- and herself? Fortunately, she picks up companions who help in the quest and rescue her -- or maybe they choose her. Still, the obstacles are enormous, and the stakes are high: the potential destruction of the Kingdom. In the tradition of high adventure and romance, this book portrays a teenage girl's evolution into a strong force. Plot twists and character studies make this a well-rounded and believable fantasy. The writing is crisp and dialogue is natural: a great feat for a first novel. KLIATT Codes: JS--Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 1995, HarperTrophy, 491p. 18cm. 96-1295, $5.95. Ages 13 to 18.
(PUBLISHER: HarperCollins $15.95 and $5.95., PUBLISHED: 1996)

Amanda Piesse (Inis)
Sabriel's father, the Abhorsen, snatches her back from death the moment she is born, and this opening sequence, simultaneously introducing the fantastic quest that will define her life and the complex emotions of love and loss, is simply and starkly written. The novel is the beginning of a trilogy, and the hallmarks of series writing are apparent. Sabriel is just 18, and during the course of the novel steps into the role her father vacates on his death. But this is clearly just a beginning, and her growth into her own nascent powers and the difficult relinquishing of her father are consistently and sensitively drawn. So too is her dawning sexuality, and the choices she will repeatedly make between personal benefit and the role that her familial connections force upon her. There is a primary world whose subtle nuances almost align it with reality, but not quite, and a secondary world where specific knowledge of the paraphernalia of the magic peculiar to this new dimension bestow upon the reader a growing sense of knowledge and competence. There is a series of repeated metaphors woven so subtly into the vivid narrative that it takes two or three readings to appreciate the sheer craftsmanship of the writing here. Nix requires a great deal of his readers. Sabriel's complex emotions are vividly drawn, and the decisions she has to make not always clear-cut. The knowledge necessary for the magic that's essential to her survival and success requires concentration from the reader, but the rewards for that concentration are infinite. The balance between Sabriel's private turmoils and the public role she must fulfil makes this a robust exploration of young adulthood, and the writing never lapses. Recent comparisons with Philip Pullman are, I think, a little too broad; I'm not sure the project is as technically ambitious as Pullman's. But Nix's ability to bring about a taut and at times breathtakingly beautiful rapprochement across the borders of life and death, holding and releasing, and the dawning of personal and public self-awareness, makes this a subtly nuanced new departure in the genre of young adult fantasy. 2002, Collins, (also available in 6 audio tapes 17.99), £12.99 (hbk). Ages 12 up.
(PUBLISHER: Collins (London:), PUBLISHED: 2002.)

Alexandria LaFaye, Ph.D. (Children's Literature)
This Australian fantasy takes a unique approach to the hero quest; Nix's hero is a young woman. Sabriel is an apprentice necromancer who must enter the realm of dead to save her trapped father and defeat the evil spirit who entrapped him. To accomplish this task, Sabriel must leave the modern world of Ancelstierre to journey into the Old Kingdom that is being overtaken by the walking dead. This split between the modern and the magically medieval worlds is another unusual aspect of the novel. These worlds clash when the evil spirit Kerrigor returns to the modern world to claim his mortal body. The Ancelstierre army tries to stop him with modern weapons, but it is Sabriel who defeats him with magic. Another curious aspect of the story is that Sabriel's main helper is not a benevolent creature. He is an enslaved evil spirit who turns against her and must be recaptured. Still, this book has many of the traditional fantasy qualities--swords, royalty, magical creatures, mythical and ancient lands, and magic spells. Nix adds his own flavor to the fantasy novel and tells a unique tale of the female hero quest. 1996, HarperCollins, $15.95 and $5.95. Ages 12 up.
(PUBLISHER: HarperCollins $15.95 and $5.95., PUBLISHED: 1996)

M. Jean Greenlaw (ALAN)
The juxtaposition of a prologue that sets the scene in a fantasy world where Sabriel is born dead and brought back to life by her necromancer father and the first chapter, set in an obviously modern world, gains the reader's immediate attention. Sabriel comes from the Old Kingdom and is drawn back into it when her father dies. Her quest is to rescue him from the river of death, as he is a special necromancer, the Abhorsen, whose task is to lay the undead back to rest. Sabriel and two companions struggle with the legions of evil until it becomes obvious what her fate is: She is the new Abhorsen and her companion Touchstone is the last of the royal line. The story is rife with the trappings of fantasy, including magical bells and swords, and cats and other creatures that are more than they seem. Nix is a new and welcome voice in the fold of those who write high fantasy. He creates a believable setting and peoples it with characters who are fascinating and about whom one cares. The adventure is dramatic enough to make a reader lose a night's sleep, because the book cannot be put down. 1996, HarperCollins, 292 pp., $15.95. Ages 12 up.
(PUBLISHER: HarperCollins (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1995.)

Janice M. Del Negro (Bulletin)
Sabriel is the eighteen-year-old daughter and prot g of the necromancer Abhorsen, now missing. In her quest for her father she must take on the mantle of the Abhorsen, battle the spirits of the dead, and redeem a bastard prince. This is an involving fantasy that takes off running and doesn't let up the pace until the final page. Reminiscent of LeGuin's Earthsea, Nix's world is fully realized, and the combination of modern technology and old magic is nearly seamless. Sabriel has character and courage, easily winning the reader's sympathy and support. Nix wisely keeps his primary characters few in number, placing them in situations of increasing danger that reveal their history and personalities. The pacing is exquisite, the suspense rising and falling and rising again until the truly edge-of-your-seat finale. Strong visual language, an eerie combination of horror and fantasy, and just enough lovey-dovey stuff to satisfy the hopelessly romantic make this a winner for fantasy and adventure lovers. R--Recommended. (c) Copyright 1996, The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1996, HarperCollins, 292p, $15.89 and $15.95. Grades 7-12.
(PUBLISHER: HarperCollins (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1995.)

Sally Estes (Booklist)
The mage Abhorsen is an "uncommon necromancer," who, rather than raising the dead like others of the art, lays the dead back to rest or binds those that will not rest. Sabriel, his daughter, has been sent for her safety to boarding school outside the Old Kingdom, where she is in her last year when she receives her father's sword and necromancy tools, which means that Abhorsen is either dead or trapped in the realm of Death. Determined to find her father, Sabriel enters the Old Kingdom, which is under attack from the minions of Kerrigor, an evil being who once was human. There, with the aid of Mogget, a Free Magic elemental who is bound in feline form to be the servant of Abhorsen, and Touchstone, a young man whose past harbors a terrible secret, Sabriel goes up against Dead spirits, Shadow Hands, gore crows, and the like, in a desperate quest to find her father's body and fetch his spirit back from Death. Nix has created an ingenious, icy world in the throes of chaos as Kerrigor works to destroy the Charter that binds all things for the good of the land and its inhabitants. The action charges along at a gallop, imbued with an encompassing sense of looming disaster. Sabriel, who entered the Old Kingdom lacking much of the knowledge she needs, proves to be a stalwart heroine, who, in the end, finds and accepts her destiny. A page-turner for sure, this intricate tale compares favorably with Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass and will surely appeal to the same audience. Category: Older Readers. 1996, HarperCollins, $15.95 and $15.89. Gr. 7-12. Starred Review.
(PUBLISHER: HarperCollins (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1995.)

Joyce Davidson (VOYA)
The Wall divides the Old Kingdom from the rest of the world, but more than the Wall makes the Old Kingdom different. Behind that Wall magic still works, Dead come back, and even the moon and seasons are different. In Ancelstierre no one believes in magic unless they live on the border beside the Wall. Sabriel was born in the Old Kingdom, but from the age of four she has lived in the border town of Wyverley. She is now eighteen and about to graduate from school when she receives a message brought by the Dead from her father, Abhorsen, one of the most powerful necromancers in the Old Kingdom. Abhorsen is not the usual necromancer; he doesn't raise the Dead, but lays them back to rest with the magic of his bells, making him the enemy of both the Dead and many living mages. Sabriel must return to the Old Kingdom and attempt to rescue her father. Along the way she discovers her heritage, the lost heir to the Kingdom, and the greatest enemy her family and her land have ever faced. Only the courage of the soldiers at the border and her friends at school will prevent the Dead Mage Kerrigor from returning to Life. This wonderful new fantasy is filled with rich and complex imagery. Determined to rescue her father, Sabriel is alone in a world she does not remember, surrounded by unknown enemies. She does not hesitate, but continues onward no matter the odds. However, while Sabriel might love her father, she shows little concern for the rest of the human race. To prevent the Dead from reaching her at one point, she floods a cavern, destroying the Dead and their human slaves. She shows no regret for the many humans she killed, nor does she consider any rescue. Even her romance with Touchstone is very superficial. Despite these flaws, this fantasy is recommended for most libraries, especially those with large fantasy collections or fantasy readers. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 1996, HarperCollins, 292p., $15.95. Ages 12 to 18.
(PUBLISHER: HarperCollins (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1995.)

Back to Top

Series :

Abhorsen trilogy-1]

Back to Top

Publication Details:

  Publisher ISBN Notes
New York NY: Harper an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2014

Media Type: Language Material
311 29 pages:
PZ7.N647 ([Fic])
0062315552
9780062315557
New York: Listening Library, 2008

Media Type: Nonmusical Sound Recording
10 sound discs (10 hr. 43 min.):
PZ7.N647 ([Fic])
0739368257
9780739368251
Compact discs.
Originally released as sound cassettes in 2002.
Unabridged.
New York: Eos, 2008

Media Type: Language Material
311 p.:
PZ7.N647 ([Fic])
0061474355
9780061474354
London: Collins, 2006

Media Type: Language Material
368 p.:
(823.914)
Originally published Pymble N.S.W. HarperCollins 1995; London Collins 2002.
Bath: Galaxy, 2005

Media Type: Language Material
352 p. ;
(823.914)
9781405660242
1405660244
Originally published Pymble N.S.W. HarperCollins 1995; London Collins 2002.
London: Collins, 2005

Media Type: Language Material
3 v. ;
(823.914)
Boxed.
New York: Eos, 2004

Media Type: Language Material
311 p.:
PZ7.N647 ([Fic])
"First published in 1995 by HarperCollins Publishers Australia"-T.p. verso.
London: Collins, 2003

Media Type: Language Material
366 p.:
(823.914)
Originally published Pymble N.S.W.: HarperCollins 1995.
Listening Library, 2002

Media Type: Language Material

9780807205631
080720563X
London: Collins, 2002

Media Type: Language Material
368 p. ;
(813.54)
London: Collins, 2002

Media Type: Language Material
368 p. ;
(813.54)
0062315552
9780062315557
0061474355
9780061474354
New York N.Y.: Listening Library, 2002

Media Type: Nonmusical Sound Recording
6 sound cassettes (9.5 hr.):
PZ7.N647 ([Fic])
9780807205631
080720563X
Unabridged.
New York N.Y.: Listening Library, 2002

Media Type: Nonmusical Sound Recording
6 sound cassettes (9.5 hr.):
PZ7.N647 ([Fic])
9780807205563
0807205567
Unabridged.
New York: Listening Library, 2002

Media Type: Nonmusical Sound Recording
10 CDs (ca. 10 hr. 43 min):
PZ7.N647 ([Fic])
0807216054
9780807216057
Compact discs.
New York: Listening Library, 2002

Media Type: Nonmusical Sound Recording
10 sound discs (ca. 10 hr. 43 min):
PZ7.N647 ([Fic])
0807216054
9780807216057
Compact discs.
Crows Nest N.S.W.: Allen & Unwin, 2001

Media Type: Language Material
288 p.:
9781865080406
1865080403
Originally published Australia: HarperCollins 1995.
New York: PerfectBound, 2001

Media Type: Computer File
vi 502 p.:
PZ7.N647 ([Fic])
Originally published in print New York: HarperCollins 1995. With new supplemental material by the author.
Mode of access World Wide Web.
Made available through Baker & Taylor; access limited to libraries subscribing to Baker & Taylor's ED System.
New York NY: HarperTrophy, 1997

Media Type: Language Material
491 p.:
PZ7.N647 ([Fic])
Originally published New York: HarperCollins 1995.
New York: HarperCollins, 1995

Media Type: Language Material
xi 292 p. ;
PZ7.N647 ([Fic])
"First published in 1995 by HarperCollins"-verso t.p.
Atheneum Books for Young Readers (New York:), PUBLISHED: [2002] cc1983.,

Media Type:

9780064471831
HarperCollins (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1995.,

Media Type:

9780060005467
9780007212927
1741140404
9781741140408
9782554509840
2554509840
0606354999
9780606354998
9780739368251
9780060575816
1405660244
9780064471831
9780930179847
0930179846
9780807205631
080720563X
9780062315557
9780060273224
9780807205563
0807205567
9780060273231
0739368257
9781405660242
9780007137305

Back to Top