Maricel, of My Closet Catalogue, and I talk books a lot (shocking, I know). A few weeks ago she recommended the Abhorsen series by Garth Nix, and the next time I was at the library I picked up a copy of the first book, Sabriel.
I’m only a few chapters in but so far I’m enjoying it. Nix really dives right into his fictional world, leaving his reader scrambling a bit to catch up. I kind of love when writers do that!
“Father’s instruments,” whispered Sabriel, “The tools of a necromancer.”
“But there are Charter marks engraved on the bell . . . and the handle!” interjected the Magistrix, who was looking down with fascination. “Necromancy is Free Magic, not governed by the Charter . . .”
“Father’s was different,” replied Sabriel distantly, still staring at the bell she held in her hand, thinking of her father’s brown, lined hands holding the bells. “Binding, not raising. He was a faithful servant of the Charter.”