Abhorsen

Abhorsen

Book - 2003
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Abhorsen-In-Waiting Lirael and Prince Sameth, a Wallmaker, must confront and bind the evil spirit Oranis before it can destroy all life.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ©2003.
ISBN: 9780062315571
9780060528737
9780060278267
0060278269
9780060278250
0060278250
Characteristics: 340, 26 pages ;,illustrations, maps ;,21 cm.

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IndyPL_SteveB Oct 11, 2019

A continuation of the story begun in *Sabriel* and *Lirael*. Lirael and Sameth, along with Moggett and the Disreputable Dog, are the only ones who understand that the digging taking place near the Red Lake is actually a massive project to release the Destroyer, a magical being which will, you know, *destroy everything*.

Under the plotting of the necromancer Hedge, government leaders in Ancelstierre are sending refugees to their deaths north of the wall, to become an army of the dead. Sam’s parents, the King and Sabriel the Abhorsen, are in the south trying to find a political solution, while everyone else must fight the army of the dead.

Nearly nonstop tension, with well-written characters. Nix’s world is quite interesting and his concept of the 9 Gates of Death is worked out in great detail. Other books have been added in the series; but these three books tell a complete story.

I listened to the audio book, read with gruesome flair by Tim Curry.

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happycanuck
Jul 24, 2017

Excellent plot , characters and very active story lines with nice twists. Would have given it 5 stars but found the writer a bit too detailed in his descriptions -- such that I thought he was over using the details just to make the book longer and longer. Yet, he is an excellent writer and knows how to keep the reader's interest.

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nidofito
Aug 03, 2016

An epic conclusion to the Old Kingdom trilogy where finally all the backstory from Lirael comes into play. It was quite a thing to see Lirael and Sam adjust comfortably into their new positions (they grow up so fast sniff). Sure they were scared, and underprepared, with occasional doubts, but I loved the feeling of rightness that came with their roles in the quest to defeat Orannis.

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carrington681
Sep 09, 2012

Love the old kingdom series!!! Wonderful journey, with excellent writing. Cant wait for the Chlorr prequel to come out. I highly recommend the book.

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shiehsamantha
Nov 26, 2010

THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING. I mean it. This book was absolutely fabulous. A fantastic end to the trilogy. I hope that Garth Nix keeps writing about the Old Kingdom!

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sprocket
Mar 09, 2010

The final book in the Abhorsen trilogy follows a similar path to its predecessors. Quite good, but it's hard to shine in the shadow of Sabriel.

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Oct 06, 2011

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Jun 27, 2011

bookKITTY thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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