Death is an endless river that few can enter, where the roar of the Nine Gates is the only noise and restless souls of long dead evils are snatching at your ankles. Only the Abhorsen with their Bells and Free Magic Necromancers can command the dead - but even the forces of good can work against you, and no one is quite what they seem.
~ recommended May, 2014— From Clarissa
Since childhood, Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, away from the power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who refuse to stay dead. But now her father, the Mage Abhorson, is missing, and Sabriel must cross into that world to find him. With Mogget, whose feline form hides a powerful, perhaps malevolent spirit, and Touchstone, a young Charter Mage, Sabriel travels deep into the Old Kingdom. There she confronts an evil that threatens much more than her life'and comes face to face with her own hidden destiny. . . Garth Nix's first young adult novel, Sabriel was recently nominated for the Aurealis Award for Excellence in Science Fiction in Australia.
About the Author
Garth Nix, born in Melbourne, Australia, has worked as a literary agent, marketing consultant, book editor, book publicist, book sales representative, bookseller, and part-time soldier in the Australian Army Reserve, before becoming a full-time writer in 2001. His books include the award-winning fantasy novels "Sabriel", "Lirael", and "Abhorsen" and the science fiction adventure "A Confusion of Princes". His fantasy novels for younger readers include "The Ragwitch", the six books of the Seventh Tower sequence, the Keys to the Kingdom series, and "Troubletwisters", cowritten with Sean Williams. More than five million copies of his books have been sold around the world, and his books have appeared on the bestseller lists of the "New York Times", "Publishers Weekly", the "Australian", and London s "Guardian" and "Sunday Times".