Sabriel (#1 The Old Kingdom)
|Series:||The Old Kingdom|
Who will guard the living when the dead arise? Sabriel is sent as a child across the Wall to the safety of a school in Ancelstierre. Away from magic; away from the Dead. After receiving a cryptic message from her father, 18-year-old Sabriel leaves her ordinary school and returns across the Wall into the Old Kingdom. Fraught with peril and deadly trickery, her journey takes her to a world filled with parasitical spirits, Mordicants, and Shadow Hands - for her father is none other than The Abhorson. His task is to lay the disturbed dead back to rest. This obliges him - and now Sabriel, who has taken on her father's title and duties - to slip over the border into the icy river of Death, sometimes battling the evil forces that lurk there, waiting for an opportunity to escape into the realm of the living. Desperate to find her father, and grimly determined to help save the Old Kingdom from destruction by the horrible forces of the evil undead, Sabriel endures almost impossible challenges whilst discovering her own supernatural abilities - and her destiny.
Winner of Aurealis Award for Excellence in Fiction: Best Fantasy Novel 1995. Shortlisted for WH Smith Book Awards: Children's Book of the Year 2003 and Ditmar Award for Best Australian Long Fiction 1996.
'Sabriel is a winner, a fantasy that reads like realism. Here is a world with the same solidity and four-dimensional authority as our own, created with invention, clarity and intelligence.' - Philip Pullman
Garth Nix is the bestselling author of numerous books including the award-winning fantasy novels Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen and the Keys to the Kingdom series.