Nix, Garth. Sabriel. New York: Harper Collins, 1995.
ISBN: 9780061474354 pbk.

Reader’s Annotation:
A young girl finds out what it truly means to harness her command over the dead when she uses her powers to save her father.

Death is scary. Dead people are creepy. But what is even scarier and creepier is when dead people do not stay dead. Welcome to Sabriel’s world. Sabriel exists in a world where the boundaries between life and death are not clear cut. The dead walk the Earth, the living walk among the dead. The boundary between life and death is policed only by an Abhorsen.

Sabriel’s dad is such an Abhorsen. He controls the dead with a set of special bells capable of imprisoning roving spirits and sending them to the underworld. When the bells show up at Sabriel’s school she knows her time has come. She must become the new Abhorsen. But what can a young girl with little training accomplish against the dark forces that have destroyed an experienced Abhorsen?

With every step Sabriel comes closer to death. She comes closer to the evil that claimed her father’s life. It is only by embracing her destiny that she will defeat her enemy. She must become Abhorsen and leave Sabriel behind.

Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review
Winner of the Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel
ALA Booklist Starred Review

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