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.”
6 thoughts on “What I’m Reading: Sabriel”
Ahhhh! You’re making me want to put down what I’m currently reading to take up this trilogy again! Recently, I’m noticing the books I’ve been picking up have been rather lukewarm and I’m having difficulty getting lost in them. Maybe it’s time to reread some tried and true ones. Glad you’re enjoying (?) this one; here’s hoping I didn’t steer you wrong.
I finished it last night, and added the others to my TBR Pinboard (did you know a prequel is coming out this Fall?). I enjoyed it a lot. It reminded me of Earthsea (not in a derivative way, just the general vibe).
And now I must reread Earthsea. I think I’m ready for it now. My ten-year-old brain couldn’t quite appreciate it, I don’t think.
You read Earthsea at 10? Yeah, I bet you weren’t ready! I was an adult (read them 5-6 years ago) and I thought they were intense.
I was a precocious child. I think it’s why I subconsciously save all my books – I may just have read them at an age I wasn’t prepared and I knew I’d have to reread them to fully understand the genius of them.
Yes, I’m enjoying it! I’m just not really far in yet (chapter 9), so I can’t really review it, you know? I love re-reading books, especially if I’m in a slump. My TBR lists are usually half re-reads. 🙂