Abhorsen by Garth Nix
(The Trilogy)

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The apocalyptic conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Abhorsen series—an epic fantasy experience not to be missed.

The Abhorsen Sabriel and King Touchstone are missing, leaving only Lirael—newly come into her inheritance as the Abhorsen-in-Waiting—to stop the Destroyer. If Orannis's unspeakable powers are unleashed, it will mean the end of all Life. With only a vision from the Clayr to guide her, and the help of her companions, Sam, the Disreputable Dog, and Mogget, Lirael must search in both Life and Death for some means to defeat the evil destructor—before it is too late. . . .


About Garth Nix

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Garth Nix grew up in Canberra, Australia. Besides being a full-time writer, he has worked as a sales rep, publicist, editor, marketing communications consultant, literary agent, and part-time soldier. He is the acclaimed author of the internationally bestselling Abhorsen Chronicles: Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen, as well as the story collection Across the Wall and the novels Shade's Children and The Ragwitch.He currently lives in Sydney, a five-minute walk from Coogee Beach, with his wife, Anna, his sons, Thomas and Edward, and lots of books.
Published January 20, 2004 by HarperTeen. 518 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Children's Books. Fiction

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While the accelerating tension leaves little room for introspective character development, Lirael discards diffidence for decisiveness as she grows into her new duties, as the formerly feckless Sam, freed from the awful burden of fear, discovers confidence in his role as Wallmaker.

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Nick, who does not believe in magic and thinks that everything can be explained by science, has had a fragment of the Destroyer placed in his heart by Hedge the evil necromancer who Sam barely escaped from in Lirael.

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In this suspenseful sequel, Jack Osborne and his sister are captured by the drug cartel they've been hiding from.

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Common Sense Media

I reccomend getting the whole series in one book, that is made up of Sabriel (Book 1), Lirael (Book 2), Abhorsen (Book 3), and it includes an extra book called Nicholas Sayre and the Creature in the Case, and it goes with the story also.

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Common Sense Media

Also, side note: my little brother tried reading this as a fourth or fifth grader and was overwhelmed by the dark imagery, so even purged of all things vaguely sexual, the book is best left for a slightly more mature reader no matter their reading ability.

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But Sabriel has grown up in a boarding school in Ancelstierre and, while she has had some training in magic and walking the land of the Dead, she lacks knowledge of the Old Kingdom and of the deeper levels of Charter Magic she will need to confront the most powerful beings from the other side.

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Fantasy Faction

It in fact went on to go to my sister who to this day swears the second in the series being the best book she ever read (Lirael) and myself having very fond memories of it and wishing, begging, pleading Garth Nix to do a follow up… The series I am talking about here is ‘The Old Kingdom Trilogy’ b...

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The evil necromancer Hedge has manipulated politics in Ancelstierre in order to send hundreds of thousands of war refugees over the Wall and into the Old Kingdom, where he can kill them and use their dead bodies for his evil plans.

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Strange Horizons

Over a period of twenty Old Kingdom years, these three books trace the destined path of Sabriel, of her family, and of the bloodlines that bind and guard the Old Kingdom.

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