Author: Garth Nix.
Year of Publication: 2002 (UK).
Publisher: Harper Collins Children’s Books (UK).
Format: Available in paperback, an ebook, and an audiobook.
Cost for Paperback (RRP): £6.99 (UK).
Age Range: I suggest from about 10 up, if you’re younger than this I suggest asking your parents first.
This book is the first book in a series called The Old Kingdom.
Sabriel is a girl who goes to an expensive all girls school in the New Kingdom, near to the border with the Old Kingdom, her true home. When one day, a strange creature turns up, and Sabriel is the only one who knows what it is.
That’s because her father is Abhorsen, who I can only describe as a kind of Grim Reaper without giving too much away, and Sabriel has learned all about her fathers work, because one day she’ll be expected to take over from him. She just hadn’t thought that it would be so soon.
The mysterious creature is one bound to her father, who’s come with a message that her father is trapped in the beyond the Seventh Gate of the Dead, and it’s up to Sabriel to save him.
A very good book set in an extremely rich universe that makes you want to read book two as soon as you’ve finished this one.
The next book in the series is called Lirael.
“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” Apple Inc.