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Abhorsen | [Garth Nix]

Abhorsen

Before she went to join Sam and Mogget downstairs, Lirael paused for a moment to look at herself in the tall silver mirror that hung on the wall of her room. The image that faced her bore little resemblance to the Second Assistant Librarian of the Clayr. She saw a warlike and grim young woman, dark hair bound back with a silver cord rather than hanging free to disguise her face. She no longer wore her librarian's waistcoat, and she had a long Nehima at her side rather than a library-issue dagger.
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Publisher's Summary

Before she went to join Sam and Mogget downstairs, Lirael paused for a moment to look at herself in the tall silver mirror that hung on the wall of her room. The image that faced her bore little resemblance to the Second Assistant Librarian of the Clayr. She saw a warlike and grim young woman, dark hair bound back with a silver cord rather than hanging free to disguise her face. She no longer wore her librarian's waistcoat, and she had a long Nehima at her side rather than a library-issue dagger. But she had kept her library whistle, tucking it into the small pouch at her belt. Though she was many, many leagues from any help the whistle might summon, she felt the need to cling to some small part of her past and her identity.

She had become an Abhorsen, Lirael thought, at least on the outside.

©2003 Garth Nix; (P)2003 Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Abhorsen is an excellent denouement for a fantasy that is both literary and popularly accessible. Out loud, the powers of this future classic are intensified, especially through Curry's inspired dramatization." (School Library Journal)
"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)

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    Mr Redruth, United Kingdom 23/12/2012
    Mr Redruth, United Kingdom 23/12/2012
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    "An Incredible Listen"

    This book is beautifully written, as is always the case with Garth Nix. I did not expect to find an audio version which even began to portray the beauty and depth of his world, but Tim Curry was definitely the right person to chose to do so. If you've read the series, or are simply looking to find out if it's any good, I would definitely suggest listening to this.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ian SheffieldUnited Kingdom 16/02/2009
    Ian SheffieldUnited Kingdom 16/02/2009 Member Since 2007
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    "Awesome"

    Brilliant climax to a superb trilogy. Moves from the Sameth/Lirael 'discovering their identities' phase to riveting action. Brilliantly read, and wonderful characters. The Disreputable Dog and Mogget are witty and intelligent additions to the blossoming pair of Sameth and Lirael, for whom you find yourself rooting for more and more as the tension mounts. A great pity it had to end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth St Albans, Herts, United Kingdom 08/03/2007
    Elizabeth St Albans, Herts, United Kingdom 08/03/2007
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    "Great"

    I couldnt wait to get into the third book of the trilogy. The narration was great and the story lived up to expectations. Excellent overall

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ms. H. Morris UK 09/02/2011
    Ms. H. Morris UK 09/02/2011 Member Since 2010

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    "Love it!"

    Having loved the books I got these audio versions and haven't been disappointed! The narrator does a fantastic job and I have had many happy hours listening! Already listened to them all twice! Fantastic!

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    "Sabrial and Larial by Garth Nix"

    Both these books are wonderful stories. Not just for kids either, I am 50 and have really enjoyed them. I am about to get the third and final part and I am sure it will not disapoint.

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  • Ethan M.
    Philadelphia
    11/10/06
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    "A great conclusion to a wonderful series"

    First off - this is the last book in the trilogy starting with Sabriel, and continues the story from Lireal. While several years passed between the action in Sabriel and Lireal, this book picks up immediately from the cliff-hanger that ended Lireal. What does that mean? You need to listen to the first two books before reading this one - don't try to listen to them out of order!

    With that said, this book continues the remarkably good young adult series by Garth Nix, although the books are at least as well suited to an adult audience, especially Abhorsen, the darkest of the lot. Abhorsen revolves around a race to stop an ancient evil from being brought into the world, which sounds like a typical fantasy plotline, but in Nix's hands it is made fresh by his complex world and compelling characters. Tim Curry's reading is excellent, and, if not quite as inventive as the first two books, this provides an exciting and impressive conclusion, in which many mysteries are resolved from the rest of the series.

    If you like Philip Pullman, J. K. Rowling's more recent (darker) Harry Potter novels, or George R. R. Martin, you should strongly consider listening to this series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • ya romance junkie
    Athens, GA
    05/07/08
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    "splendid"

    Firstly, the narration was extremely well-done. The only thing that I didn't like very much was Mogget's voice, though this is only a matter of preference, and I cannot fault the narrator for that.
    The book itself is very engaging and a good read/listen, though I have to agree with one of the other reviewers about the heroine: she is too whiney and distraught over something she really should have been used to by this point. Being a Remembrancer should be enough for her, especially since she's the only one in the world, but she can't seem to get over not being able to see into the future. This is tiring after a while. Other than that, it's a good story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    Federal Way, WA, USA
    29/07/07
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    "Amazing!!!"

    This is an excellent conclusion to the Old Kingdom series as well as a perfect conclusion to the story begun in Lirael. I would suggest reading the two previous books in the series first because this book picks up right where the last one left off. This means that the action begins in the first chapter, keeping your interest until the end. The main characters continue their journey to stop an ancient being from destroying the world. This book is filled with magical fights that would rival those in Harry Potter. You will NOT want to stop listening.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tanya
    Chicago, IL, USA
    21/12/06
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    "Don't Miss This Thrilling Conclusion!"

    My only complaint is that it has to end!!!

    This series is remarkable on so many levels. Garth Nix is a genius at creating rich, fantastic worlds fraught with gritty emotion and thrilling excitement and this final installment in the "Old Kingdom" series does not disappoint!

    The characters are engaging, the story is tight, and Tim Curry is perfect.

    Don't miss this one!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • chris
    Kelowna, BC, Canada
    23/06/07
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    "Great fun"

    This is a worthy sequel to Lireal (sp?) which I also enjoyed. This book has a bit more depth. The talking dog and cat still made me roll my eyes a little (is it Disney or Jar-Jar?) but it didn't spoil the story. Plus they are more than they seem, like every other character in this book. The ending was satisfying and worth the two-book wait, although the last couple of pages were a little predictable. I had a hard time putting this one down.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew von der Ahe
    08/10/07
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    "Good voice, good story"

    Tim Curry has a great reading voice. He loses his character's voices a couple times, but overall very good. The story is deep fantasy, with lots of complex, arcane magic; deep, inferred history; and evil necromancers. Story sags just a little near the end, but overall, Highly Recommended.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Wayne
    Burghfield CommonUnited Kingdom
    05/10/07
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    "Love Tim Curry"

    These are enjoyable stories but Tim Curry's narration make them special.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Hugo
    16/04/15
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    "Such a joy"

    Really enjoyed it. Great story. I absolutely fell in love with the Disreputable dog! Well worth a listen . Already downloading next book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eleanor
    Napier, New Zealand
    26/03/15
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    "Fantastic book, end ruined by music"

    I loved this book, and Tim Curry's performance is great. The end is ruined by loud music playing over it. It's really hard to concentrate and hear the end of the story. It is the same with the other books in the series. It's so distracting and irritating, it makes finishing them far less satisfying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • erin
    17/03/15
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    "Great Ending"

    Garth Nix rounds out this wonderful trilogy with the Abhorsen. I have to say this is about my 4th or 5th time listening to this trilogy, and there will be many more. Tim Curry again brings such an animated quality to the characters. I do not think they could of picked a better narrator for these stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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