Sabriel by Garth Nix

by Garth Nix

Allen & Unwin, 2014
(originally published 1995)

For ages 13+ years.

Garth Nix's fantasy masterwork is a compelling high fantasy, the gripping story of a young heroine who must do battle in Death itself to defeat a powerful enemy. A tale of dark secrets, deep love and dangerous magic.

For many years Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, away from the random power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who won't stay dead. But now her father, the Mage Abhorsen, is missing, and to find him Sabriel must cross back into that treacherous world - and face the power of her own extraordinary destiny.

From our book club:

detailed world building, may be difficult for readers who aren’t used to high fantasy. Not recommended for sensitive readers because of the presence of the undead. Strong female lead character.