Sabriel (The Old Kingdom #1) - Garth Nix7.90

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.

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Release date: 1995
Genres: fantasyhigh fantasy, young adult
Tags: mythopoeic awards
Average rating: 7.90/10
Total ratings: 269
Updated: August 23, 2021

The Old Kingdom :: Series

Also known as the Abhorsen Trilogy (only in the USA).
Across the Wall: A Tale of the Abhorsen and Other Stories6.66
The Creature in the Case
To Hold the Bridge
Sabriel (The Old Kingdom #1)7.90
Lirael (The Old Kingdom #2)8.10
Abhorsen (The Old Kingdom #3)8.28
Clariel (The Old Kingdom #4)7.50
Goldenhand (The Old Kingdom #5)