Book Reviews of Abhorsen (adult) (The Abhorsen Trilogy)

Abhorsen (adult) (The Abhorsen Trilogy)
Abhorsen - adult - The Abhorsen Trilogy
Author: Garth Nix
ISBN-13: 9780060594985
ISBN-10: 0060594985
Publication Date: 9/1/2004
Pages: 352
Reading Level: Young Adult
Rating:
  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.
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4.4 stars, based on 18 ratings
Publisher: Eos
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed Abhorsen (adult) (The Abhorsen Trilogy) on + 774 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
These were fun books.
Sabriel is pretty much a stand-alone book, but the second two are really one novel - Lirael ends right smack in the middle on a cliffhanger, and Abhorsen starts right where it left off...
The trilogy gives us a dual world - one which very strongly resembles Britain in the early twentieth century - and then, across the Wall, the Old Kingdom, a magical land which is currently in a dire state of anarchy and seriously plagued by the Dead - which rise as zombies and make themselves the sort of nuisance that zombies generally do.
Sabriel has been raised at a girls' school in Ancelstierre (Britain), but has always been aware that her father is the Abhorsen, a powerful individual with magical influence over the Dead. But when her father disappears, and Sabriel sets out to find him, she realizes that she has never been aware of even half of her father's abilities and duties... duties which are now on her shoulders, as she realizes that more is at stake than merely her father's life...
The second story (Lirael/Abhorsen) takes place around 20 years later, and deals mostly with the next generation... of course, things are even worse, plots are afoot to bring about the end of the world, necromancers are causing problems, and our young protagonists, Lirael and Sam, must both discover who they truly are, find their path/calling in life, and, oh, save the world. With the help of the snarky magical cat (?), Mogget, and the Disreputable Dog.
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Helpful Score: 1
It all started with a visit to a new thrift shop in my area. When I left, I had 8 more books in a bag that I had found and was anxious to read. One of those books had a strange title "Sabriel". It was written by an author named Garth Nix from Australia. I'd never heard of the author, and the story looked like it may be interesting, but a bit strange.
Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down - strange ideas and all. When I finished it, I did a search on PaperBack Swap and found there were two more books along the same lines, which I promptly ordered. I've since finished all three - the "Abhorsen" being the recent one.
Garth Nix weaves a great story; one that will grab you and will hesitate to let you even take a break from reading. Once I started reading, I felt I was reading about a real world, with real people, and real magic! I highly recommend these books to anyone who enjoys fantasy and is willing to stretch their mind and wander into Garth Nix's wonderful and fantastic world!
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Orannis the destroyer has been freed and only Lirael, newly come into her inheritance as the abhorsen-in-waiting, has any chance of stopping it. She and her companions -- Sam, the disreputable Dog, and Mogget -- have to take that chance. If Orannis's unspeakable powers are unleashed, it will mean the end of all life. With the help of her companions and a vision from the Clayr to guide her, Lirael must search in both Life and Death for some means to defeat the destroyer -- before it is too late...
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I absolutely loved this series, I can't wait to read more. Garth Nix creates a world that is believable, and magical at the same time.
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the second part of a two-volume book that starts with "lirael". these two didn't need to be seperate volumes. there's a lot of chaff in these two books. they seem to have been written and edited in a hurry. also, not a proper sequel to "sabriel", which was superior to both.
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Great book. Keeps us on the edge of our seats.
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Abhorsen by Garth Nix is a wonderful book - the third in a trilogy that began with Sabriel. I can only say that this a book that is fun for both young adults and adults alike to read. It is exciting, imaginative, and so very creative. The characters and creature take on a reality that thrills the reader. All I can say is put this trilogy on your list to read soon - very soon.
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A great read and an amazing end to the Abhorsen Trilogy. I would highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys reading about magic and adventure.
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Third in the series. Very good read, it kept me interested through out. I especially enjoyed Mogget and The Disreputable Dog. Good fantasy.
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I just finished the Abhorsen. What a wonderful read. The book picks right up from where Lirael left off. We find Lirael, Sam, the Disreputable Dog, and Mogget off on their quest to stop the Destroyer and all that stand with It. I went through the book wondering if Lirael would be able to handle being the Abhorsen in waiting, what the role of Wallmaker, for Sam, would be, who really was the Disreputable Dog and which side is Mogget really on? It was very fast paced and I could hardly put it down. Sad to see it end though.
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Reviewed by Candace Cunard for TeensReadToo.com

If LIRAEL lacked in action compared to its predecessor, SABRIEL, ABHORSEN makes up for that by functioning as an extended climax of events from the previous book, focused around the need to find and defeat the necromancer Hedge to stop him from reawakening an old and malevolent power known simply as the Destroyer. The story picks up directly after the end of the previous book, with Lirael, Sameth, Mogget, and the Disreputable Dog in a race against time to stop Sam's school friend, Nicholas Sayre, from going through with his plans to reconnect two large metal hemispheres, which when connected will release the Destroyer. This power, also known as Orannis, was first bound when the Charter was created and is inimical to all forms of life.

ABHORSEN really feels like it ought to have been part of the end of LIRAEL, not only because the latter book is a continuation of the former in terms of plot. It might be possible for a reader to understand LIRAEL having not read SABRIEL, but ABHORSEN does not stand alone in this way. Rather, the characters, plot, and worldbuilding knowledge from the prior book is assumed by the author in this book. This isn't much of a problem, though, because Nix's writing still takes the reader on marvelous adventures. I just wouldn't advise trying to read this trilogy out of order. In fact, even reading this review without knowing the background of the series is probably difficult.

I also felt that some portions of the story moved along too quickly; I would have liked to see a mix of action and introspection, with more character development. However, in comparison to LIRAEL, whose action took place over a period of four years, the major events in ABHORSEN take place over less than a month of time. I recommend reading ABHORSEN directly after finishing LIRAEL for maximum effectiveness.

My biggest problem with this book was that it ended! While the primary concerns of the trilogy were nicely concluded, there were many new storylines and new questions posed that might have been nonessential, but that I still wanted answered--mostly because I don't think Nix is done with these characters, and I want to see more of them! I've got my fingers crossed that Nix will decide to write more short stories in this universe (the short story collection ACROSS THE WALL contains one story set in Ancelstierre), if not more novels. I'd be willing to read anything he'll write!
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Continuation of the story begun in Lirael. Lirael has discovered that she cannot See forward like her people the Clayr, nor can she be Seen by them, but she is a Remembrancer who can See backwards in time. Her special powers and those of her friends will be needed to stop Orannis the Destroyer from ending all of Life.
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This book left me wanting more. These are wonderful books (3rd in a trilogy) and Nix is a fabulous author. Highly reccomend if you love fantasy.
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The climax of the trilogy and hopefully a good ending.
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Third in THE Abhorsen Series. Excellent series of books. Read by my 17 year old. Said they were almost as good as Harry Potter.
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I picked this up at 5 pm and was still reading it 10 hours later. Great start to a great trilogy
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I have this book in the hardcover. is that a problem if so let me know and I will remove it. This is about Abhorsen whose birthright was to maintain the borders of Life and Death Who used necromantic bells and free magic, but who was neither necromancer nor free magic sorcerer who sent any dead who trespassg in life back from whence it came. Very good book.
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Reviewed by Candace Cunard for TeensReadToo.com

If LIRAEL lacked in action compared to its predecessor, SABRIEL, ABHORSEN makes up for that by functioning as an extended climax of events from the previous book, focused around the need to find and defeat the necromancer Hedge to stop him from reawakening an old and malevolent power known simply as the Destroyer. The story picks up directly after the end of the previous book, with Lirael, Sameth, Mogget, and the Disreputable Dog in a race against time to stop Sam's school friend, Nicholas Sayre, from going through with his plans to reconnect two large metal hemispheres, which when connected will release the Destroyer. This power, also known as Orannis, was first bound when the Charter was created and is inimical to all forms of life.

ABHORSEN really feels like it ought to have been part of the end of LIRAEL, not only because the latter book is a continuation of the former in terms of plot. It might be possible for a reader to understand LIRAEL having not read SABRIEL, but ABHORSEN does not stand alone in this way. Rather, the characters, plot, and worldbuilding knowledge from the prior book is assumed by the author in this book. This isn't much of a problem, though, because Nix's writing still takes the reader on marvelous adventures. I just wouldn't advise trying to read this trilogy out of order. In fact, even reading this review without knowing the background of the series is probably difficult.

I also felt that some portions of the story moved along too quickly; I would have liked to see a mix of action and introspection, with more character development. However, in comparison to LIRAEL, whose action took place over a period of four years, the major events in ABHORSEN take place over less than a month of time. I recommend reading ABHORSEN directly after finishing LIRAEL for maximum effectiveness.

My biggest problem with this book was that it ended! While the primary concerns of the trilogy were nicely concluded, there were many new storylines and new questions posed that might have been nonessential, but that I still wanted answered--mostly because I don't think Nix is done with these characters, and I want to see more of them! I've got my fingers crossed that Nix will decide to write more short stories in this universe (the short story collection ACROSS THE WALL contains one story set in Ancelstierre), if not more novels. I'd be willing to read anything he'll write!