An unusually talented mage being schooled at a girls’ college in Ancelstirre, unofficially dabbling in Necromancy, Sabriel never expected to leave the safety of her home kingdom, except from visits to her father, Abhorsen; and those were rare enough. But when she receives his sword and set of enchanted bells, she knows he is dead, so sets off on a journey into the Old Kingdom, a land of disorder and Free magic to bring him back. Accompanied only by a talking cat and a strange man, she is plunged into death and madness. But a threat is loose in the land, something she must strive to defeat- something that otherwise shall destroy everything.
The main reason I loved this book was its’ characters’ personalities. Unlike so many books like this, it manages to give them all a really deep, almost tangible sense of realness, with myriad layers and moods, little habits that they always do, making them feel real, making you really care about them. Sabriel, for example, without fail, washes her face in the coldest water she can find every morning, whereas in some books, characters do this once or twice then the authors forget about it, then randomly write it in every now or then, but Nix pays attention to detail. I also love how in this book the quest is emotionally motivated, instead of an oh-no-we-must-do-this-or-this-will-happen kind of quest. I love those kind of books nonetheless, but it makes it seem more real. This book is recommended to those who enjoyed the Hobbit, or, even more the Lord Of The Rings.