Are we ready for some rambling? Good 'cause here we go! Have you ever had the experience of picking up the perfect book for the perfect moment? I started this book with no real idea of what it was about, other then I had seen it since I was little and that many people recommended it. What I found was a great book that perfectly fit the cold and bleak atmosphere that has been pervading the East Coast this winter. The book is Sabriel, the first book in the Abhorsen series by Garth Nix. As always SPOILERS AHEAD.
killing her. She narrowly escapes and finds her fathers house and learns that the term Abhorsen is the name given to the person who holds the office of Necromancer. Unlike most stories, this is not a bad thing. In this realm the Abhorsen work with death to make sure that the Free Magic (usually bad magic) is not used by the dead, or evil people to use the dead for unsavory purposes. She meets Mogget, a Free Magic creature that has been contained in a cats body. She continues her hurried education by learning that the Royal Family, who is instrumental to the health of the kingdom has disappeared. After yet another dead minion tries to get her, she sets out to find her father and figure out just what the heck is going on. Mogget joins her and she uses a construct from a previous Abhorsen to fly out of the residence. She eventually finds one of the great Charter Stones cracked...which is really really bad as these are part of what keeps the good magic good. She ends up down in a reservoir, rescuing a guy who appears to be in suspended animation from death. Turns out he is a bastard prince who watched his half brother murder the Queen and Princesses to break the great Charter Stones. The three of them set out to fight the undead shade of the princes brother and have various adventures in the old kingdom. Eventually they learn that his body is in Ancelstierre and Sabriel and co head there to stop him. Sabriel eventually finds her father, who is pretty much dead, but is able to help her out. Sabriel and her friends convince the guard at the wall (who have some experience with the Free Magic) to help defend them until they can destroy the bad guy's body. Much magic, death and mayhem occur, culminating in the destruction of the bad guys body, and apparently the victory of Sabriel and her friends. The End.
Dante's Inferno type feel to the whole thing, while still being very original and very complete. The various tools the
How do you feel about Death as a good thing? How much time do you think I spend thinking about the logistics of theoretical worlds? What other books have I been missing out on?