Abhorsen

Abhorsen

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The long-buried secrets of the Old Kingdom and the Ninth Gate are revealed in the sequel to Sabriel and Lirael.


Orannis, the Destroyer, has been freed from its subterranean prison and now seeks to unleash its terrible powers. Only Lirael, Abhorsen-in-Waiting, has any chance of stopping this enemy of all Life. As she and her companions - Sameth, the Disreputable Dog and Mogget - set out on their fated journey, Lirael has no idea of what lies ahead.
Only days earlier, Lirael was merely a Second Assistant Librarian. Now, with only a vision from the Clayr to guide her and without the experience of Abhorsen Sabriel and King Touchstone, she must search both Life and Death for some means to defeat the Destroyer. Before it is too late...
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 26mm | 280g
  • HarperCollins
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrations, 1 map
  • 0007137354
  • 9780007137350
  • 26,883

Review Text

The third book in Nix's highly acclaimed sequence following "Sabriel" and "Lirael". The secrets of the Old Kingdom and the Ninth Gate are revealed in a highly-charged adventure that lives up to the standards set by its forerunners. Readership level: 12-15yrs. "Fans will be overjoyed" "School Library Journal"
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"At once an allegory regarding war and peace and a testament to friendship, this thought-provoking fantasy also resolves the true identities of the popular Dog and Mogget characters-and suggests that Nix may still have more tricks up his sleeve." Publishers Weekly


"Fans will be overjoyed." School Library Journal


Praise for Sabriel...
"Sabriel is a winner, a fantasy that reads like realism. I congratulate Garth Nix." Philip Pullman


"Fast pace, drama, vivid descriptions, excitement and humour... What more could you want?" The Guardian


"Every publisher thinks they have the next great children's fantasy writer. Harper Collins know they have." Nick Holt, AML
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About Garth Nix

Garth Nix was born in 1963 and grew up in Canberra, Australia. After taking his degree in professional writing from the University of Canberra, he worked in a bookshop and then moved to Sydney. There he sank lower into the morass of the publishing industry, steadily devolving from sales rep through publicist until in 1991 he became a senior editor with a major multinational publisher. After a period travelling in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Asia in 1993, he left publishing to work as a marketing communications consultant . In 1999 he was lured back to the publishing world to become a part-time literary agent. He now lives in Sydney, a five-minute walk from Coogee Beach, with his wife, Anna, and lots of books.
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Rating details

103,647 ratings
4.23 out of 5 stars
5 50% (51,849)
4 32% (33,088)
3 13% (13,083)
2 3% (2,863)
1 3% (2,764)

Our customer reviews

A rousing and very satisfying conclusion to a most wonderful tale! As per usual, this book is fast-paced page-turner. The storytelling quality is very compelling. A 5 out of 5. Nix gives us characters which will stay with a reader long after one has finished reading the book. Another 5 out of 5. World building is beautifully woven that a reader can suspend disbelief very effortlessly. Masterpiece.show more
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