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My name is Pat and I live in Florida. My skin will never be smooth again and my hair will never see color. I enjoy collecting autographs and playing in Paint Shop Pro.,along with reading and writing. Sometimes, I enjoy myself by doing volunteer "work" helping celebrities at autograph shows. I love animals and at one time I did volunteer work for Tippi Hedren's Shambala Preserve.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Abhorsen

Abhorsen by Garth Nix

Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen (April 22, 2008)
ISBN-10: 0061474339

 

From Publishers Weekly
An explosive prologue sets the stage for Nix's riveting continuation of the story begun in Sabriel and Lirael. While newcomers might find the intricate plotting and the rituals of the Charter Magic off-putting at first, Nix rewards their efforts. Returning characters Lirael, former Second Assistant Librarian of the Clayr and now an Abhorsen-in-Waiting (the Abhorsen's "birthright and charge [is] to maintain the borders of Life and Death"), and her nephew, Prince Sameth, along with Disreputable Dog and the mysterious white cat, Mogget, are ensorcelled in the Abhorsen House by a Dead creature, Chlorr of the Mask, who is in league with the evil necromancer Hedge. They break out to try and rescue Sam's old friend, Nicholas Sayre, who has been tricked by Hedge into digging up Orannis, the Destroyer; if Hedge's plan succeeds, the evil now contained by two separate hemispheres will join and annihilate all life. The grotesque imagery of the Death realm provides a haunting note, which Nix offsets by the brightness of the main characters' quest to defeat the Destroyer. 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.

The Abhorsen is the final book in this series, by Garth Nix.

I enjoyed book one, Sabriel, and was saddened when book two had very little of her in the story.   A jump of 14 years is not what I expected!

But, truth be told...I enjoyed book two, Lirael.  It took me  a few chapters but I found I liked Lirael and Sam, the two young people who did not know why they felt so out of place and wondered where life would lead them.

In book 3, Abhorsen, we find out where life leads the two young people, and much more.  Throughout the story there is a cat named Moggot and then a dog both of which you get the impression there is more than meets the eye, and in the final book you also finally find out about them.  The evil in book 3 has no name until the end of the book which made it more scary since you were never sure what sort of power you were fighting. This series of books was different from anything I've read.... but it had some interesting characters, and that's generally what keeps me reading.

Also in both Lirael and Abhorsen, Sabriel and Touchstone have small parts, but at least they aren't just dropped from the story.

This was a good trilogy.  I can't say I'd call it one of my all time favorites, but I did enjoy them.  I had no trouble wanting to continually pick up any of the books and read more, and after a fairly long stretch of reads that were not satisfying at all, this was a welcome read! 

Thank you Chris for sending me Sabriel which put me on track to reading this series of books!!

6 Comments:

Blogger Nymeth said...

I love Moggot! I really want to revisit these books soon. I'm glad you enjoyed the series. Like I told you before, I wasn't happy about the 14 years jump and the new characters at first, but I think Nix managed to make readers grow attached to Lirael and company very fast!

11:45 AM  
Blogger Ladytink_534 said...

Good news, I found something online that says Dragonriders of Pern (2011) so that might make it into theaters after all!

3:09 PM  
Blogger DesLily said...

nymeth: yeah, i was glad that they were good characters for books 2 and 3!

Tink: I heard about that a long time ago and then "nothing".. then heard it was a cartoon?? I sure hope not!

3:54 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

I'm beyond thrilled that you enjoyed this series Pat :D So you do know that there are more books coming out in the series now, right? lol...knew you'd love that :p

I see you're reading Edgar Sawtelle now...what you think of it so far? I totally quit reading it after 50 pages, lol. To be honest, I couldn't get into it at all. I gave it away on Bookmooch! Hope you have a better experience with it than me!

2:58 AM  
Blogger DesLily said...

Chris: no I didn't know that! Can I smack you upside your "hed" now for giving me yet ANOTHER series where I have to WAIT for books to come out?! grrrrrrrrrrrrrr

well.. about Sawtelle.. I'm ahead of what you read, but barely (about 70 pages) My first instinct was to set it down..kinda slow and boring. I went back to amazon to reread the review of it and it sounds like it MIGHT get better so I am giving it a little more time... but I can't say it grabbed me, but then not much has lately so I'm thinking it's more me than the books. I hope it gets better I really can't afford not to read the books I buy!!

8:33 AM  
Blogger Cath said...

Having a good laugh at you smacking poor Chris upside of his 'hed' for bringing another series, where you're waiting for books, into you life. HAHAHAHA.

Heehee.

And like Nymeth I also liked Moggot... and Lirael's dog. Good series.

9:37 AM  

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