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Abhorsen
by Garth Nix (more about Garth Nix) 1815/801 first published 2004
Fantasy and Magic for ages 10 to 16 published by Collins
Available from:  Amazon.co.uk
* £9.09, 
Mrs Mad's humble opinion
10/10 Excellent work. Well done!
What's it about?
The triumphant finale to the Old Kingdom trilogy.
What happens?
An ancient evil has been brought out from deep in the ground and Lirael and Sam set out on a desperate mission to stop it being set free from its bonds. Evil is growing all around them, even across the border in Ancestierre. There Touchstone and Sabriel face a battle to stay alive! Lirael realises that the fate of the world rests in her hands, but she is still coming to terms with being the Abhorsen-In-Waiting. How can she possibly discover the means to defeat the Destroyer? And if she does will she be able to find the courage to carry out this awesome task?
Is it easy to read?
A god level of competence is required, suitable for all.
Anything else?
Mind-blowing stuff!! This was one of those perfect reads, that you just remember forever. Every little detail, twist and turn is plotted out with a clarity and eye for detail which stands Nix apart from many other authors of the day. I think this trilogy will remain amongst my favourite books for many years to come. Awesome!
Other books by Garth Nix include Lirael, Mister Monday, Sabriel.
Who says so?
This review by Mrs Mad.
The publisher reckons...
The long-buried secrets of the Old Kingdom and the Ninth Gate are revealed in the sequel to Sabriel and Lirael. Orannis, the Destroyer, has been freed from its subterranean prison and now seeks to unleash its terrible powers. Only Lirael, Abhorsen-in-Waiting, has any chance of stopping this enemy of all Life. As she and her companions - Sameth, the Disreputable Dog and Mogget - set out on their fated journey, Lirael has no idea of what lies ahead. Only days earlier, Lirael was merely a Second Assistant Librarian. Now, with only a vision from the Clayr to guide her and without the experience of Abhorsen Sabriel and King Touchstone, she must search both Life and Death for some means to defeat the Destroyer. Before it is too late...
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