The Abhorsen Trilogy Box Set

Written by: Garth Nix

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To preserve life, the Abhorsen must enter Death
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LOL_BOOKS
SABRIEL IS AN AWESOME MAGICAL NECROMANCER CHICK. SHE ALSO HAS A SISTER.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR COMFORT BOOKS?

AT LEAST WENO SABRIEL WAS DECENT. ISH.

I'D SAY PRETTY GOOD-ISH, IF YOU NEED TO APPEND THE HABITUAL SNEER.

IDK, IL'D IT WHEN I READ IT BUT A MEMER REREAD IT RECENTLY AND WAS DDDD: OVER HOW NOT GRATE BOB SHE THOUGHT IT WAS NOW SHE WAS OLDER.

I STILL LIKED IT WHEN I REREAD IT RECENTLY, BUT NOT THE THE OTHERS IN THE SERIES.

I'VE NEVER READ SABRIEL. SHOULD I? IS THERE ANY LOLMANCE?

Y! AND Y, BUT IT I SABRIEL IS AN AWESOME MAGICAL NECROMANCER CHICK. SHE ALSO HAS A SISTER.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR COMFORT BOOKS?

AT LEAST WENO SABRIEL WAS DECENT. ISH.

I'D SAY PRETTY GOOD-ISH, IF YOU NEED TO APPEND THE HABITUAL SNEER.

IDK, IL'D IT WHEN I READ IT BUT A MEMER REREAD IT RECENTLY AND WAS DDDD: OVER HOW NOT GRATE BOB SHE THOUGHT IT WAS NOW SHE WAS OLDER.

I STILL LIKED IT WHEN I REREAD IT RECENTLY, BUT NOT THE THE OTHERS IN THE SERIES.

I'VE NEVER READ SABRIEL. SHOULD I? IS THERE ANY LOLMANCE?

Y! AND Y, BUT IT IS NOT SEXY SEX ROMANCE. IT DOES NOT GET IN THE WAY OF THE PLOT.

YYYYY! AND Y! THERE'S NO SEX BUT THE ROMANTIC BUILD-UP IS A+. EVERYTHING IS REALLY SO SO SO WELL-DONE. THE WHOLE SERIES IS REALLY COOL TOO BUT SABRIEL IS THE BEST BOOK AND THE BEST CHARACTER.

Y AND THERE'S BARELY SOME LOLMANCE.

I AM REREADING LIRAEL AND IT'S MUCH MORE ENJOYABLE THAN I REMEMBER. I GUESS WHEN I FIRST READ IT, I WAS MAD THAT IT WASN'T ABOUT SABRIEL BUT NOW I'M JUST GLAD IT'S BETTER THAN CLARIEL.

LOL BACKREADING AND IN A SHIFT ABOUT AWESOME HEROINES AND GOOD YA, HOW COULD SABRIEL AND THE ABHORSEN TRILOGY NOT COME UP ONCE? AM I ON THE RIGHT MEME?

I LOVED SABRIEL WHEN IT FIRST CAME OUT BUT I COULD NEVER GET THROUGH ANY OF THE OTHER BOOKS BECAUSE THEY WEREN'T TRUE SEQUELS.

I KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN BUT TRY LIRAEL AGAIN NOW! I REREAD RECENTLY AND SHE'S ACTUALLY VERY AWESOME.

SABRIEL WAS A BETTER BOOK, BUT I'LL ALWAYS L LIRAEL'S RIDICULOUS LIBRARY AND THE DISREPUTABLE DOG.

MG AND YA BOOKS THAT WOULD BE IN YOUR BEST TEEN BOOKS LIST?

MEME, DO YOU HAVE ANY RECS FOR SOMETHING ABOUT NORMAL HUMANS FINDING OUT THEY'RE WITCHES/WIZARDS AND SAVING THE WORLD? IT'S FINE IF IT'S SOMETHING I'VE PROBABLY ALREADY READ BECAUSE I'VE BEEN REREADING A LOT OF STUFF TOO. SO FAR I'VE GONE THROUGH HP, CHRESTOMANCI, THE WORST WITCH BOOKS, CHARMED, WITCHES OF WEST END, AND CARBONEL.

SABRIEL

IMFL THOSE BOOKS BUT EVEN THOUGH THAT'S LITERALLY THE PLOT OF SABRIEL, I GUESS IT'S NOT AS TROPEY AS I'M LOOKING FOR. THEY'RE TOO ORIGINAL, I THINK IS THE PROBLEM.
Jen
This series stands as my favorite trilogy to date. No offense to Sabriel, but Lirael was my favorite character in the entire series; however, I'll get to that in a moment.

Sabriel is a phenomenal story about a woman hunting for her father, fighting for her family, and trying to fulfill her destiny whether she wants to or not. The cast of characters includes a mangy cat-god, a pathetic princeling, and a reluctant Abhorsen. Sabriel starts a perilous journey to find her father after he goes missing. This series stands as my favorite trilogy to date. No offense to Sabriel, but Lirael was my favorite character in the entire series; however, I'll get to that in a moment.

Sabriel is a phenomenal story about a woman hunting for her father, fighting for her family, and trying to fulfill her destiny whether she wants to or not. The cast of characters includes a mangy cat-god, a pathetic princeling, and a reluctant Abhorsen. Sabriel starts a perilous journey to find her father after he goes missing. She comes across a Free Magic (evil) creature trapped in a cat's body who provides all the necessary laughter, and a prince who was trapped in stone for thousands of years and is full of angst and regret for a large portion of the novel. Prince Touchstone is not my favorite character, but I grew to like him by the end. I still don't trust Mogget, but I guess I still liked him by the end. And Sabriel was a true Heroin throughout the novel, even if she didn't always make the best decisions.

Lirael is an even better follow-on to Sabriel. It includes a mangy dog-god, a pathetic man-child, and reluctant Abhorsen-ish. Sound familiar? Well, it's actually completely different. While Sabriel grew up knowing who she was and what her destiny was, Lirael lived with hundreds of her cousins/distant relations as an outcast because no one knows what her specialty is. I feel like Garth Nix outdid himself in this novel - even though it's incredibly long, I'm able to read it straight through each time. Watching Lirael grow up and learn magic/break the rules was very gratifying. It's difficult to describe, but as Lirael experiences the highs and lows in her life, you feel like you're experiencing them with her, not just reading them.

And then Abhorsen is an edge-of-your-seat type of book. I can't even go into detail, but it nicely wraps up the trilogy.
Josephine (biblioseph)
The Abhorsen Trilogy is the BEST. I read Lirael first, but the order is Sabriel, Lirael, Abhorsen. Great. Okay. An Abhorsen is given charge of nine bells, and basicaly, puts the dead to rest. Because..... they keep coming back. Necromancy is a problem in the Old Kingdom, across the Wall from 'The Kingdom' where electricity works. Sabriel is the Abhorsen our story starts with, and we continue with Lirael who is not an Abhorsen, but is not a Seer either. She has been born and raised by the Clayr. The Abhorsen Trilogy is the BEST. I read Lirael first, but the order is Sabriel, Lirael, Abhorsen. Great. Okay. An Abhorsen is given charge of nine bells, and basicaly, puts the dead to rest. Because..... they keep coming back. Necromancy is a problem in the Old Kingdom, across the Wall from 'The Kingdom' where electricity works. Sabriel is the Abhorsen our story starts with, and we continue with Lirael who is not an Abhorsen, but is not a Seer either. She has been born and raised by the Clayr. The Magical seers of the realm who are famously blonde and peachy skinned, where Lirael is pale and dark haired. She has passed the age of being called to See, because she doesn't have the talent. The book starts with her attempting suicide... yet again. Not that she's failed before, she just calls it off, or is interrupted. Anyway, she teams up with a big black dog who speaks, (Sabriel had 'teamed up' with a demon she captured and put into the form of a white cat, Mogget.) the black dog is basically known as the Disreputable Bitch. Last book unites them and the long lost previous Abhorsen, I believe, as they battle a really infamous Necromancer who was the baddest of Bad and somehow has returned from beyond the ninth gate of the river of death where all dead go... I am leaving out so much more enticing details because I'm afraid of spoiling it... Ah, so dark... And there is some good romance. But the focus is definatley the Raised Dead.
The Seventh Tower :: The Nobel Lecture In Literature, 1993 :: Toni Morrison: Song of Solomon / Beloved / Jazz :: The Complete Stories :: Nightsword
Susan
Finished book 1 Sabriel. Absolutely loved the book. fascinated by the character Mogget, wanted to know more about who/what this character is/was and why it is connected with the Abhorsen. Loved Sabreil, loved Touchstone, and love Sabriel's father (some nice, touching father/daughter moments in this book). Liked the magic system and the way the magic world sits right next to the non-magical world. sad that it had to end, but now onto...

Book 2, Lirael. I was a little worried that I wasn't going to Finished book 1 Sabriel. Absolutely loved the book. fascinated by the character Mogget, wanted to know more about who/what this character is/was and why it is connected with the Abhorsen. Loved Sabreil, loved Touchstone, and love Sabriel's father (some nice, touching father/daughter moments in this book). Liked the magic system and the way the magic world sits right next to the non-magical world. sad that it had to end, but now onto...

Book 2, Lirael. I was a little worried that I wasn't going to like Lireal point of view after loving Sabriel's so much, but so far I totally love Lireal too! still reading. :)

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Finished book 2, Lireal. I was a little discouraged by the point of view switching back and forth from Lireal to Sameth, mostly because I didn't like reading about Sameth very much. Bring on more about Lireal and the Disreputable Dog! I LOOOOOVED all the adventures that took place in the library. It was a relief when both Lireal and Sameth discovered their paths in life. MORE questions are raised (some answered) about who/what both Mogget and the Disreputable Dog are (though I have a pretty good idea who/what the Dog is/was)

Book 3, Abhorsen. Started right where Lirael left off and WHAM! Right into action! Loving this series! I'll post more once I've finished.
Alison
From the moment the Abhorsen entered Death--about five pages into Sabriel--I was hooked. Here was a place I'd never been in a book. And I think that's why Sabriel has a spot in my top ten list of favorite books. Garth Nix has opened a door into a world that's so fully realized and so unique, you can't help but want to go back, even if that world is not always pleasant.

Early in the story, Sabriel discovers that her father, the Abhorsen, is missing. When she first sets out to find him, her missio From the moment the Abhorsen entered Death--about five pages into Sabriel--I was hooked. Here was a place I'd never been in a book. And I think that's why Sabriel has a spot in my top ten list of favorite books. Garth Nix has opened a door into a world that's so fully realized and so unique, you can't help but want to go back, even if that world is not always pleasant.

Early in the story, Sabriel discovers that her father, the Abhorsen, is missing. When she first sets out to find him, her mission is personal, but she soon realizes just how much his services mean to the Old Kingdom. The Abhorsen keeps the Dead in check, keeps them banished to Death where they should be. Without him, the Dead are at the beck and call of others who would use them. And so Sabriel sets off on a dangerous journey, through the kingdom, and also through Death.

Normally, I might not enjoy a book where the undead walk, their fleshlesh joints grinding and clacking as they go. But this story also has many of the things I love--characters who become friends, a fascinating world with magic that feels real, heart-pumping action, and even a bit of romance.

I also love it when a good book has sequels. Lirael and Ahorsen are excellent follow-ups. I'm so looking forward to the newest in the sequence, Clariel.
Abby
A trilogy set in a fantasy realm separated by a wall from a WWI-era England-ish country demonstrates that no wall can truly stop the dead from their goal. The Abhorsen Chronicles republish the three books with an added short story at the end. The stories are entertaining, with enough quirks and eccentricities to make it unique, and the characters are fleshed out, particularly the second and third books. Everything is not given out at once, though many answers are predictable, but the discovery i A trilogy set in a fantasy realm separated by a wall from a WWI-era England-ish country demonstrates that no wall can truly stop the dead from their goal. The Abhorsen Chronicles republish the three books with an added short story at the end. The stories are entertaining, with enough quirks and eccentricities to make it unique, and the characters are fleshed out, particularly the second and third books. Everything is not given out at once, though many answers are predictable, but the discovery is part of the appeal.

However, the books are not perfect. They suffer a bit from convenience and a lack of background or explaining how the characters learned what they did - the second book less so. Also you know when a book is written by a man when the female characters fall in love so quickly and for no reason other than having met the male character. I also wish I knew more about Mogget. All the build up for his character and not only was his revelation not that surprising, we don't know what happened to him after (other than his taste for fish and naps in the sunshine). For that matter, we are never quite sure how powerful or what the two "pets" are capable of.
Eatsyourface
I don't remember when I first read this trilogy, but I think I was in early high school at the time. The Old Kingdom Trilogy is one of those series that I just keep going back to over and over again. Sabriel is my favourite of them all; she's quiet and dignified and dedicated. Lirael had to grow on me, partly because I loved Sabriel *just* *that* *much*. But I think after Sabriel's surety, we needed somebody who ... was less sure of herself, who didn't know precisely why she was around, when eve I don't remember when I first read this trilogy, but I think I was in early high school at the time. The Old Kingdom Trilogy is one of those series that I just keep going back to over and over again. Sabriel is my favourite of them all; she's quiet and dignified and dedicated. Lirael had to grow on me, partly because I loved Sabriel *just* *that* *much*. But I think after Sabriel's surety, we needed somebody who ... was less sure of herself, who didn't know precisely why she was around, when everybody else seemed to know what they were going to do with their lives, and I found - and still find that really reassuring. The trilogy is both an excellent adventure with a fascinating magic system (SERIOUSLY. NECROMANCY. BELLS. CHARTER MAGIC. SO COOL.) and two really lovely coming of age stories. Clariel, the prequel, has come out, and I may explodeee from excitement.

Much recommendations. So love. Totes read it!
Laurie
These books are awesome. Suspenseful, vividly-conceptualized fantasy with strong characters. By "strong," I literally mean of the tough, will-stop-at-absolutely-nothing-to-keep-the-bad-guys-from-destroying-the-world variety, but I also thought the characterization was pretty good. (You do love those heroines -and their animal sidekicks.) The "magic" described throughout the books practically sizzles off the page -believable, original, and wonderfully alive. I also enjoyed Nix's creepy, surreal p These books are awesome. Suspenseful, vividly-conceptualized fantasy with strong characters. By "strong," I literally mean of the tough, will-stop-at-absolutely-nothing-to-keep-the-bad-guys-from-destroying-the-world variety, but I also thought the characterization was pretty good. (You do love those heroines -and their animal sidekicks.) The "magic" described throughout the books practically sizzles off the page -believable, original, and wonderfully alive. I also enjoyed Nix's creepy, surreal portrayal of death. And the bells are just plain cool.
I guess the books are dark. There were plenty of re-animated corpses, shadowy spirits from beyond the 5th gate, evil necromancers, and so forth, but that didn't bother me so much as just the unrelenting feeling of impending DOOM -you're pretty heavy with it by the end of the 3rd book. I also got tired of all the moping around during the second book, but I guess the characters more than make up for it in the third.
Patrick Jones
This book trilogy comes under a book with a female protagonist.

The trilogy was 1454 word so i set my self a challenge to read it over the school holidays but i ended up reading it with two weeks it was that good.

The first book was all one story but the second was a story leading in to a bigger story in the third.

I like a lot of tension but this book made me keep reading till four am in the morning.

This pretty much gives step by step instructions on how to sail a bout.

It talked about a cat actua This book trilogy comes under a book with a female protagonist.

The trilogy was 1454 word so i set my self a challenge to read it over the school holidays but i ended up reading it with two weeks it was that good.

The first book was all one story but the second was a story leading in to a bigger story in the third.

I like a lot of tension but this book made me keep reading till four am in the morning.

This pretty much gives step by step instructions on how to sail a bout.

It talked about a cat actually being some sort of god in a minor form.

"The gift of sight as awoken in our sister Ansial.

A mate called jack because he read the first one but this gives him all three.
Erica
I just re-read these as a little summer treat, as they are some of my all-time favorite YA fantasy books. Nix is one of those rare authors who manages to write fantasy in a very detailed, realistic way that makes it all entirely believable. I wouldn't quite call these books dark or gritty, but almost, since the antagonists are mostly necromancers and the dead. Nix also writes likable, strong heroines, which I am learning to appreciate more as I've read a few of the weak, personality-devoid girls I just re-read these as a little summer treat, as they are some of my all-time favorite YA fantasy books. Nix is one of those rare authors who manages to write fantasy in a very detailed, realistic way that makes it all entirely believable. I wouldn't quite call these books dark or gritty, but almost, since the antagonists are mostly necromancers and the dead. Nix also writes likable, strong heroines, which I am learning to appreciate more as I've read a few of the weak, personality-devoid girls that are populating the pages of a lot of YA fiction these days (I'm sure you can supply ample examples).
Stella Hlavac
I have read this trilogy several times since I first picked up Sabriel and each time has been as good as the first.
The characters are great, and it's particularly awesome to have such a variety of female characters, none of whom exist just as a romantic plot point. I also really enjoy the magic - it's a different kind of magic to most other fantasy books I've read, which is really refreshing and always interesting. Death, which plays a pivotal part, is also done quite differently, but done extre I have read this trilogy several times since I first picked up Sabriel and each time has been as good as the first.
The characters are great, and it's particularly awesome to have such a variety of female characters, none of whom exist just as a romantic plot point. I also really enjoy the magic - it's a different kind of magic to most other fantasy books I've read, which is really refreshing and always interesting. Death, which plays a pivotal part, is also done quite differently, but done extremely well.
All in all, this is a great trilogy, and I'm extremely excited about the forthcoming prequel, Clariel
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OK. started strong and then got weak ... while remaining interesting in spite of the authors almost intentional efforts to wreck it ...

Tension maintained throughout by usage of everyone's force like ability to sense and know everything that's going on and when bad guys are following etc. ... a magic system developed to restrain wild free magic with runes that have no real restraint themselves ... complete abandonment of characters you love to obsess over ones you hate ... and yet I still couldn OK. started strong and then got weak ... while remaining interesting in spite of the authors almost intentional efforts to wreck it ...

Tension maintained throughout by usage of everyone's force like ability to sense and know everything that's going on and when bad guys are following etc. ... a magic system developed to restrain wild free magic with runes that have no real restraint themselves ... complete abandonment of characters you love to obsess over ones you hate ... and yet I still couldn't put it down. unlike anything else I've read in this regard. could have been epic in the right hands

recommend it ... not sure why
Nadine
Dealing alot with the other side, the Abhorsen has a job of making sure the dead stay dead.

But when they don't it means a strip over to the other side for a little talk with the dead.

Young girls find their destinies are not quite what they expected and are forced to take the roles presented. If not then the world goes to hell.

While for the teens, these books have vivid descriptions of bloody battles. Nix tends to use way too many similies in the first few pages of Sabriel but levels out later on Dealing alot with the other side, the Abhorsen has a job of making sure the dead stay dead.

But when they don't it means a strip over to the other side for a little talk with the dead.

Young girls find their destinies are not quite what they expected and are forced to take the roles presented. If not then the world goes to hell.

While for the teens, these books have vivid descriptions of bloody battles. Nix tends to use way too many similies in the first few pages of Sabriel but levels out later on.

The books are a little difficult to get into and make for a great challange with an even better reward.
Ramona Rich
I started this series very young at the age of 13. Sabriel, the first book, gave me new perspective and appreciation of fantasy despite Nix's descriptions that made me look behind my back at night. I was very satisfied though, with the ending.
A few years later I began Lirael, and equally appreciated it. The ending finished with a hanger that was a little irritating and I had little time to read because I was graduating school.
Now, a few years later I finally finished the last book, the Abhorsen. I started this series very young at the age of 13. Sabriel, the first book, gave me new perspective and appreciation of fantasy despite Nix's descriptions that made me look behind my back at night. I was very satisfied though, with the ending.
A few years later I began Lirael, and equally appreciated it. The ending finished with a hanger that was a little irritating and I had little time to read because I was graduating school.
Now, a few years later I finally finished the last book, the Abhorsen. And this book...
This book really ties the ribbon of completion for this series.
I love these series. Nix has opened my mind and my heart grew for every single character.
Ana
Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen are a spell-binding trilogy of discovery, destiny and danger that take place in Ancelstierre, a world much like our own in which science rules the thoughts of men and there's no room for magic and the Old Kingdom, a land where magic is commonplace and where technology is useless because it doesn't work. This tale follows the life of the Abhorsen who are necromancers responsible to put the dead to rest... it's an adventure of corrupted sorcerers, talking cats, royal b Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen are a spell-binding trilogy of discovery, destiny and danger that take place in Ancelstierre, a world much like our own in which science rules the thoughts of men and there's no room for magic and the Old Kingdom, a land where magic is commonplace and where technology is useless because it doesn't work. This tale follows the life of the Abhorsen who are necromancers responsible to put the dead to rest... it's an adventure of corrupted sorcerers, talking cats, royal betrayal, magical flying machines and much more. All in all a very original tale filled with dark secrets, deep love, and dangerous magic.
Annie
this is the very best magic-type book I have ever read. This is the second time reading it, and in a couple of years I will read it again. The trilogy is one story, smooth, interesting, magic is not the unicorn type at all. Protagonists are young people who mature throughout, and there isn't a dull moment from start to finish. I recommend the three books be read one after the other if you don't get them in one book.

I didn't start it on the 12th, though! It takes more time than that to read it.
Susie
The first of this trilogy can stand alone, and in my opinion is the best of the three books. I enjoyed the second, but expected resolution at the end. Instead the second book carried over into the third, which was my least favorite. I really liked that the main characters were female, and were stronger and generally more positive than the males. This was refreshing, especially from a male author. I enjoyed watching the transition the characters made from beginning to end; it seemed realistic and The first of this trilogy can stand alone, and in my opinion is the best of the three books. I enjoyed the second, but expected resolution at the end. Instead the second book carried over into the third, which was my least favorite. I really liked that the main characters were female, and were stronger and generally more positive than the males. This was refreshing, especially from a male author. I enjoyed watching the transition the characters made from beginning to end; it seemed realistic and believable. I'm glad I found time to finally finish this trilogy.
Belle
I really enjoyed these books. At the start of the first book, I didn't like it, because the beginning didn't hook me in. But as I read, I really enjoyed them.
The one other thing I didn't like, was the extra short story at the end. The Authors Note said that they'd written it because some of their readers wanted to know what happened next. It was good, but they could have done better. It didn't have much info on what was going to happen in the future, especially with Lirael and Nick. But other t I really enjoyed these books. At the start of the first book, I didn't like it, because the beginning didn't hook me in. But as I read, I really enjoyed them.
The one other thing I didn't like, was the extra short story at the end. The Authors Note said that they'd written it because some of their readers wanted to know what happened next. It was good, but they could have done better. It didn't have much info on what was going to happen in the future, especially with Lirael and Nick. But other than that, they were very good.
Sage
Over ten years ago, at the prime of my childhood, I purchased my first Garth Nix Book. As it were, the book was titled Sabriel, the first installment in the Abhorsen Trilogy. I absolutely fell in love with the book, as well as the wonderful writing style of Mr. Nix. The adventure, fantasy, and slight darkness of each of his books keeps you utterly enthralled until the last page, making the reading hungry for more. Garth Nix's books were some of the first that made me truly fall in love with read Over ten years ago, at the prime of my childhood, I purchased my first Garth Nix Book. As it were, the book was titled Sabriel, the first installment in the Abhorsen Trilogy. I absolutely fell in love with the book, as well as the wonderful writing style of Mr. Nix. The adventure, fantasy, and slight darkness of each of his books keeps you utterly enthralled until the last page, making the reading hungry for more. Garth Nix's books were some of the first that made me truly fall in love with reading and I will never tire of reading and re-reading all of his book! :)
Carla
I don't actually have the boxset--I'm just recommending the trilogy because they are all awesome. It's sort of neat--the first on (Sabriel) takes place much earlier than books 2 and 3(Lireal & Abhorsen, respectively). I have often thought that perhaps Mr. Nix just intended to write a sequel to Sabriel but it got too damn long and the editors made him cut it in half. Seriously! Abhorsen begins all of 2 seconds after Lireal ends. It's interesting. Anyway, they're scary and magic-filled. Good s I don't actually have the boxset--I'm just recommending the trilogy because they are all awesome. It's sort of neat--the first on (Sabriel) takes place much earlier than books 2 and 3(Lireal & Abhorsen, respectively). I have often thought that perhaps Mr. Nix just intended to write a sequel to Sabriel but it got too damn long and the editors made him cut it in half. Seriously! Abhorsen begins all of 2 seconds after Lireal ends. It's interesting. Anyway, they're scary and magic-filled. Good stuff.
Selah Bell
I really enjoyed these books. At the start of the first book, I didn't like it, because the beginning didn't hook me in. But as I read, I really enjoyed them.
The one other thing I didn't like, was the extra short story at the end. The Authors Note said that they'd written it because some of their readers wanted to know what happened next. It was good, but they could have done better. It didn't have much info on what was going to happen in the future, especially with Lirael and Nick. But other t I really enjoyed these books. At the start of the first book, I didn't like it, because the beginning didn't hook me in. But as I read, I really enjoyed them.
The one other thing I didn't like, was the extra short story at the end. The Authors Note said that they'd written it because some of their readers wanted to know what happened next. It was good, but they could have done better. It didn't have much info on what was going to happen in the future, especially with Lirael and Nick. But other than that, they were very good.
Ashley
One of my all time favorite series!!! I still have it and I will probably never get rid of them. There is some vivid description of the dead so if you don't like things like that I wouldn't recommend this book to you as for anyone else it is a must read. Magic and adventure around every corner! You become attached to the characters, cheering them on when they succeed and fear for them when they seem like they might fall. A riveting tale.
Reina
I all but murdered for this boxset since I didn't buy it when it was on the shelves in the UK, only to then find in 2008 that it truly was a limited edition box set (beautiful box included) and they weren't restocking with anymore.
Had to delve into the depths of the internet to get this specific set since the shops had heard no news from the publishers.

Definitely one of my booksets for life, the stories and world are simply amazing :)
Andrew Leach
In my adolescent years, this stood as one of (if not) my favorite series. The world was carefully crafted, though its rules were understood through the stories progression rather than artificially forced. It is so separate from the rigid high fantasy vein, despite focusing on such tropes as necromancy and banishing evil spirits. I felt drawn into the characters, of which there only a few, but they were all very well developed.
Rachel
These books were fun - they aren't going to break into my list of favorite fantasy, but I enjoyed them. I read them in the wrong order (I read Lirael first) and actually Lirael was my favorite. I liked all the descriptions of her in the immense Clayr library, exploring with the Disreputable Dog. Maybe it was due to this wrong-order-reading, but Sabriel was my least favorite. Still fun, but not as interesting as the other two.
Alex
I had a rather hard time getting through this whole trilogy, it's taken me weeks. Sabriel (book 1) was really great and the first 1/2 of Lirael was good as well, but then it started getting a bit long winded and until the very last 5 chapters or so (of Abhorsen- book 3) it was a bit torturous, I could only read it in spurts. The last section (kind of a short story) is nice and provides some modicum of closure, but you are still left wanting a little bit more information.
Andrea Higgins
This is a Young Adult trilogy but the concepts are so original that I couldn't stop reading. In the series, the Abhorsen is responsible for keeping dead people in death but they are always being resurrected by necromancers for evil purposes. The descriptions of Charter Magic, what death is like when the Abhorsen enters it, creatures that come out of it and the descriptions of the set of bells the Abhorsen rings to control the dead are fascinating.
David
Very impressed by The Abhorsen Trilogy. I enjoy a lot of fantasy novels but rarely do you find a book or series that is this original. I ended up reading all three books back to back. If you've read other titles by Garth Nix and weren't impressed don't let that discourage you. I was seriously disappointed in other books by him, but The Abhorsen Trilogy is great.
Emma Hansen
I have read this series probably 5 times and it only gets better. Huge praise ti Garth Nix for creating such a magical series. It's the kind of series you just can't stop reading but at the same time you don't want to finish it. This really is one of my favorite ever series. If you love fantasy, this is the series for you.
Erin J. Mullikin
If you haven't read this trilogy, you should. I've read it twice now, and am seriously considering a third time around. I can't get enough. Luckily, according to Nix's website, he's publishing an additional title called _Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen_, but it's not scheduled for release until 2011. But there are hints about a _Sabriel_ movie...
Laura
Brilliant and engaging ideas, combined with considerable narrative skill make this one of the outstanding examples of modern young adult fantasy. Mortality, wisdom, magic and family are superbly explored, and the second book contains one of the strangest and best libraries in Fiction. The contrast and relationship between the magical and 'real' worlds is one of the series' many high points.
Kirby
I loved this book and the exciting journey it took you on as you turned every page. I was waiting with anticipated breath for the release of Goldenhand (the sequel) and have eagerly read the series again in the lead up to Goldenhand's release. In my eyes it is a must read and a series that never gets old.
William Robinson
The first chapter of Sabriel is confusing, unexciting, weak, and reads like a separate short-story altogether. The story that follows in the rest of Sabriel and the following two books is dark, incredible, and, as with so much of Garth Nix's corpus, set in the backdrop of a wondrous and skillfully designed world. Highlights include the mythology of the land and the side-characters.
Linda
I loved all of the ideas behind the plot, but they seemed crammed into this trilogy with not enough development of character and too many introductions of themes/sub-plots that I could easily have seen in yet another book. Fast paced, interesting so a good,quick read but could have been so much better.
Julia
These were recommended to me by 2 friends that I really trust. That said, I really wanted to like them. But I felt that the storyline was plodding. The of their take too long for any action to happen. I feel that I mostly read about the characters walking. The ideas in the book were interesting, the Old Kingdom was a great idea but I feel that the author didn't do it justice
Sarah
Finishing book one of the Golden Compass reminded me of this fantastic trilogy. Clearly I'm a sucker for young adult sci fi. This series also features a lead female character who is absolutely inspiring, and the dark and entirely strange features of this series swept me into its fictional world far more quickly than the Golden Compass has, although that is shaping up to be a good series too.
Clare W
The world building was absolutely amazing, and most definitely shaped my interest and taste in reading as I was growing up. The second novel will always remain my favorite, with the library explorations. The storyline tied together in a very interesting way, with a unique blend of perspective as a result. I plan to reread this series very soon!
Bridget
WHY HASN'T ANYONE MADE THESE BOOKS INTO MOVIES YET, I JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND IT. Routinely re-read because I enjoy them so much. I do not consider myself a fan of fantasy at all, I cannot stand most of the genre, but I positively adore each and every book in this series. So much imagination, everything is seamless, the monsters are fantastic.
Naomi Pereira
Fantasy,magic,the dead,talking animals and impossible circumstances-make for one hell of a story.An even better read after 10 years.Magical storytelling,the author has a knack for absolute character development and you cant help but live the story.Take yourself away from reality and enter the world of Abhorsen.
James
These books are excellent, and very different from any other fantasy book I've ever read. What's unique about them is that the protaganists are young women, which unfortunately will turn many young men away from reading them, which is very unfortunate, because they rank in my top 5 favorite fantasy books.
Calum
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Amazingly good read. Made me feel as if I was actually there. Brilliant ideas that changed my experience of reading for the better.
I would recommend these to any one who likes this kind of book.
Clark
As a fan of fantasy, I found this trilogy to be fresh and tasty, coming from any entirely different approach than most others I've read. I greatly enjoyed the stories, and I can't wait to read more Nix!
Kit A
One of my very favorite fantasy series--it lost nothing on the second read-through. Dark and beautiful, and incredibly well-developed, with wonderful characters (and strong female leads). I love just about everything about it.
Emanuela V
Da sta gente c'è solo da imparare. Una delle migliori trilogie mai lette. La figura del Nocromante è costruita magistralmente, così come la discesa agli inferi. La magia fischiata è una genialata irripetibile.
Tara kappel
I really liked these books. I think they are the best books I've read in a while. They may be a little dark since they are a lot about death, but I guess I must confess I kind of like that! Definitely one of my favorite series read this year!
Naomi
It's been a while since I read these series but I remember thinking them creative and interesting enough that I wanted to read the whole series. I don't know that I'll read them again but would recommend them to others.
Hannah Sims
I first read this series when I was in middle school. I loved it. It follows young adult women 17/18 finding their way as independent competent individuals. Reading it as an adult this series holds up.
Violet Yeoh
I guess that they are the best trilogy that i have ever read, apart from that they're a bit boring from the beginning, but then it gets better and better. The story was unforgettable, too, and i liked King Touchstone a lot...
Taruna
Great story line. Loved the concept of magic as shapes and marks, though not new. "Unputdownable" I'd say :) My favourite character: The Disreputable Dog no doubt! Not necessarily a young adult/teenager book. Appealing to older people as well. Big thumbs up.
Amy
This is a great trilogy!!!! Starts out with Sabriel, who is on a quest to save her father. The next book is about Lareal, who girl who doesn't fit in and is searching for her place. The third book puts Lareal and Sam together in a quest to save the world. One of my favorite series of all time!!
Kwejeebo
I loved the first two, but the third one kind of turned me off. It was like the opposite of the first two, which were a little more fast-paced. I almost got bored at times with the last one. It even felt to me like it almost didn't belong in that book set. The main characters weren't the same.
Raine
This is a fantastic series! You will not regret diving into the Old Kingdom. I read this series practically every year, and the originality of Nix's world never ceases to amaze me. There's nothing else really quite like it out there.
Allison
I read these a couple years ago. I remember liking them while I was reading them but now I don't remember very much of the story. I went through a sci-fi/fantasy kick and after awhile I suppose all the separate plots blended together (except Pullman's His Dark Materials).
Clark Cutchin
Loved this series. Although YA, I really loved the characters, the world creation and the magic used in the book. A very interesting take on necromancy, an intriguing story, and at towards the end I stayed up until 3 in the morning because I had to see how it ended.
Lesley Lee
Perfect YA fantasy with wild magic, adventure & romance. Feisty heroines & steady supporting heroes with the vital, free-willed magic creatures Mogget & The Disreputable Dog. Volumes 1 & 2 introduce different characters, volume 3 brings it all together. Brilliant!
Maggie
I wish I could give this more stars. Amazing. Could not put down. The best fantasy I've ever read. Even loaned it to my boyfriend's mom. She also raved about how visceral, creative it was. Strong female characters. Third book gets a little slower but I still drove a county away to get it.
Saga
Nix's stellarly imaginative worlds never case to amaze me. Perhaps the characters have some stereotypical traits, but a lot can be forgiven, if the surroundings are built from something quite different from the all-too-common cardboard stock elements of modern fantasy.
Shannon
One of my first fantasy series. Loved it!
Alissa Nolan
This was an almost 5 month read-a-loud for our family. Everyone loved it, from my 10 year old son me,the mom.

It is an epic and often dark tale, but so worth the journey!
Rebecca Ayre
This is a great trilogy! Enjoyed all three. Especially the second. And third. And the dog of course.
Matthew Casagrande
by far my favorite book series, i have read them a dozen times each
Michael Mills
The book was ok for what it did. I'm not sure that I'll be wanting to read more by this author though.
Leandra
Necromancers, zombies, demons, talking cats and dogs— it doesn't get much better than this. I loved these books, and wish Garth Nix would write more about the Old Kingdom. I'd buy them in a flash!
Christine
Garth Nix is a master of fantasy! the world is totally believable.
Doruk
Hits my secret soft spot for great YA fantasy - the middle book wasn't that great but overall amazing.
Madison
Captivating, dark books with a great plot. Also great characters. These are three school book club books that I loved!
Josh
It was a sad day when I finished listening to the last book in this trilogy (Abhorsen).
Sarah
I think I need to re-read this series now that I'm "grown up", because I remember not quite getting it when I read it in middle school.
Sarah
This is my absolute favorite fantasy series! It talks about death in a not so dark/depressing way, but rather as just a step from this life to the next. Loved it!
Benn Jamieson
Its page turner for someone interested in fiction... this book contains about walking in death .. seeing future.. that kind of stuff... so i mean if into that kind of fiction must read it...
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