Thursday, January 1, 2009

Sabriel by Garth Nix

Completed: 12/30/08
Rating: 4.2

So I have had a lot going on and finally decided to throw responsibility out the window during the Christmas vacation and read a book for fun. And of all the books I could have read, I was lucky to pick up Sabriel. And how did I pick this one? Well, for one I have enjoyed the Keys to the Kingdom series also written by Nix, so I was looking for some of his other work. Second, I wanted something different, but solidly in the fantasy genre.

This book had me from chapter one. Even though it has magic in it, the context is narrowed from the classic good vs. evil to living vs. non-living. The action is intense, and not once did I feel like the story had slowed. The characters seemed apropriate for the story although there are one or two passages that classify this one for the 16-and-up crowd. I give this a high rating and look forward to the next installment of the trilogy. It only lost points for not being a little longer. And I am probably punishing it a bit for things I have read about the next book--it supposedly jumps the series forward in time and gives us new characters. I'm NOT done with the current characters yet. If this isn't the case I will come back and edit this post and raise the rating:)