Author: Garth Nix.
Year of Publication: 2003 (UK).
Publisher: Harper Collins Children’s Books (UK).
Format: Available in paperback, an ebook, and an audiobook.
Cost for Paperback (RRP): £7.99 (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 second book in a series called The Old Kingdom.
Now married to the newly restored King, and two children who are themselves the age that she was in the first book, Sabriel is one very busy woman. She’s working been working hard to restore peace to the kingdom, but there are dark forces who have very different plans.
Meanwhile, the stories next generation of heroine’s and hero’s are coming into their own. Lirael is a Daughter of the Clayr, a group of mostly women who can see into the future. Only ‘the Sight’ seems to have passed her by, leaving her lonely and without a purpose. But luckily her job as a librarian will teach her things that could make all the difference in the battles to come, along with the dog she created with magic to be her best friend.
While in the capitol, the young Prince Samath heads out on a mission to save his best friend from the hands of a necromancer who almost killed him. But once he sets out his doubts at becoming the Abhorsen-in-Waiting only increase as he finds himself in situations he can’t handle alone.
Luckily for both, their paths cross, and as the book reaches it’s closing chapters we catch a big glimpse into the destiny of not just our main characters, but the whole world.
The next book in the series is called Abhorsen.
“We accept the love we think we deserve.” Charlie, The Perks of Being a Wallflower.