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Abhorsen (Abhorsen Trilogy)
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Garth Nix was born in 1963 in Melbourne, Australia. A full-time writer since 2001, he has worked as a literary agent, marketing consultant, book editor, book publicist, book sales representative, bookseller, and part-time soldier in the Australian Army Reserve. Garth's books include the award-winning fantasy novels Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen; Clariel, a prequel in the Abhorsen series; the cult favorite teen science fiction novel Shade's Children; and his critically acclaimed collection of short stories, To Hold the Bridge. His fantasy novels for younger readers include The Ragwitch, the six books of the Seventh Tower sequence, the Keys to the Kingdom series, and A Confusion of Princes. His books have appeared on the bestseller lists of the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, the Guardian, and the Australian, and his work has been translated in forty languages. He lives in Sydney, Australia, with his wife and two children.

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Gr 7 Up-Garth Nix's trilogy comes to a dramatic and apocalyptic close, with all the clever plot twists and inventive voicings by Tim Curry that made Sabriel and Lirael (both 2002) award winners. In this segment, both Sabriel and Lirael, the latter now elevated to the powerful rank of Abhorsen (a kind of magician) in Nix's parallel world, have important roles-but so do Sabriel's son Sam, Mog the cat, and a ubiquitous and charming creature known affectionately as the "disreputable dog." Nix's imagined world seems to be situated near the time of our own turn from 19th to 20th century, the perfect backdrop for a classic theme, played out refreshingly within this story: the perils and the promises of technology. Magic, the antithesis of human ingenuity, flows both for the good and against it. The forces of evil are able to swell the ranks of their army through the recycling of dead folks into almost-invulnerable foot soldiers. Besides death and the good vs evil struggle, another folk motif brought into focus here is that of friendship: Sam's lifelong friend, Nicholas, literally must lay down his life in the course of the action. Abhorsen is an excellent denouement for a fantasy that is both literary and popularly accessible. Out loud, the powers of this future classic are intensified, especially through Curry's inspired dramatization.-Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

PW called this "a riveting continuation of the story begun in Sabriel and Liraed. At once an allegory regarding war and peace and a testament to friendship, this is a thought-provoking fantasy." Ages 12-up. (Feb.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Abhorsen is the long-awaited third companion to Garth Nix's young adult titles Sabriel and Lirael. Unfortunately, many readers are inclined to ignore titles that have been marketed at teenagers. While these three can be given to teenage readers with confidence, they have a passion that will appeal to anyone with an appetite for real adventure. Anyone foolish enough to believe that a book cannot appeal as much to adults as teenagers may well find themselves dealing with the angry ghosts of Jack London and Robert Louis Stevenson. Abhorsen is set in a land divided, a land split by a great wall. On one side, science rules; on the other, magic prevails. Great evils stalk both lands and Sabriel, Lirael and Sameth must each in turn put aside the things of youth and take up the ancient enchantments of their heritage to set the world to rights. Along the way each of them will find out who and what they are and unlock the secrets of an ancient magic. As the third volume of this epic trilogy, Abhorsen easily lives up to the high standard of the first two. A must for the lover of high adventure, whatever their age. Stefen Brazulaitis is a bookseller at Dymocks Carousel. C. 2002 Thorpe-Bowker and contributors.

"A riveting conclusion to a powerful fantasy."--Locus
"Breathtaking, bittersweet, and utterly unforgettable."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"At once an allegory regarding war and peace and a testament to friendship, this is thought-provoking fantasy."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"A brilliant mix of subtlety and tension, darkness and light. Nix's Old Kingdom is a world as fully realized as Narnia or Cittagazze."--VOYA
Praise for Lirael: "Riveting."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"What makes Lirael a delight is the magic that Nix brings to his story and to his characters."--Locus
"Startling subplots abound and keep the pages turning."--Publishers Weekly
Praise for Sabriel: "Rich, complex, involving, hard to put down, this first novel is excellent high fantasy."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"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. I congratulate Garth Nix. And I look forward to reading his next piece of work."--Philip Pullman
A riveting conclusion to a powerful fantasy. --Locus"
Breathtaking, bittersweet, and utterly unforgettable. --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"
At once an allegory regarding war and peace and a testament to friendship, this is thought-provoking fantasy. --Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
A brilliant mix of subtlety and tension, darkness and light. Nix s Old Kingdom is a world as fully realized as Narnia or Cittagazze. --VOYA"
More than three hundred pages of breathless chases, near escapes, and intense confrontations. Nix s intricately imagined fantasy world is peopled by complex players worthy of both their dramatic backdrops and their moral dilemmas. --School Library Journal"
Praise for Lirael: Riveting. --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"
What makes Lirael a delight is the magic that Nix brings to his story and to his characters. --Locus"
Startling subplots abound and keep the pages turning. --Publishers Weekly"
Praise for Sabriel: Rich, complex, involving, hard to put down, this first novel is excellent high fantasy. --Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
The action charges along at a gallop-a page turner for sure. --School Library Journal"
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. I congratulate Garth Nix. And I look forward to reading his next piece of work. --Philip Pullman"
"More than three hundred pages of breathless chases, near escapes, and intense confrontations. Nix's intricately imagined fantasy world is peopled by complex players worthy of both their dramatic backdrops and their moral dilemmas."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"The action charges along at a gallop-a page turner for sure."--ALA Booklist (starred review)

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