Author: Garth Nix
Reviewer: Grade 8

Sabriel, by Garth Nix, is about a teenage girl named Sabriel. She is the daughter of the Abhorsen, the hereditary title of the people who keep the Dead down, and control free magic necromancers. When her father is killed by one of the Greater Dead, she is forced to leave Waverly College and go into the Old Kingdom to find out who or what killed her father, or trapped him so deep in Death that he can’t come back. Along the way, she meets Mogget, a free magic spirit trapped in the form of a cat, and Touchstone, a prince trapped in a wooden statue for a century. Together they discover a plot so deep and sinister that it was formed 100 years ago. Sabriel is a great book. Like the rest of Nix’s books, it’s complex plot keeps you intrigued from start to finish. You become so absorbed in the story that you forget that you’re reading it, and are completely disconnected with the real world. Out of 10 stars, I’d give Sabriel a 9, and highly recommend it to fans of science fiction/fantasy.