Thursday, 2 June 2016

Review: Sabriel - Garth Nix

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Sabriel (Abhorsen #1)

Rating {★★★★☆}

This book was not what I expected in so many ways. And yet it was very good. 

I picked this book up having been recommended by Goodreads because I like Tamora Pierce. I think I expected this to be more like one of her stories - filled with adventure and yet a young YA book. While definitely filled with adventure and packed with action, this is a much darker YA book and not necessarily filled with happy endings. There is sacrifice, there are difficult decisions and there is a dark and forbidding tone throughout. 

It's not an easy read. Nix is sometimes overly descriptive but the overall style is serious and straightforward. While a wonderfully unique fantasy world it was quite a slow starter but once the plot picked up it was well paced through to the end. The character development wasn't great, and the onset of a sudden romance didn't make sense to me, but I feel the series is well worth the while. Will be picking up the next book ASAP.

See more of my reviews of books in this series:

→Lirael (Abhorsen #2)

4 comments:

  1. Did the rest of the series redeem the shortcomings of the first book? I'm debating whether to skip this one altogether...

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  2. Yes, it absolutely did. It has actually become one of my favourite series of this type! I am still to read the 4th and newly released 5th book in this same world, but the series ended well enough with Abhorsen to be a standalone trilogy so I am not feeling too pressed into it. It is however on my very next to read list just because it was that good ;)

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