Thursday 17 June 2010

Review: ABHORSEN by Garth Nix

Abhorsen by Garth Nix
Book 3 of the Old Kingdom trilogy

Genre: dark fantasy

About Abhorsen:
The Ninth was strong
and fought with might,
But lone Orannis
was put out of the light,
Broken in two
and buried under hill,
Forever to lie there,
wishing us ill.

So says the song. But Orannis, the Destroyer, is no longer buried under hill. It has been freed from its subterranean prison and now seeks to escape the silver hemispheres, the final barrier to the unleashing of its terrible powers.

Only Lirael, newly come into her inheritance as the Abhorsen-in-Waiting, has any chance of stopping the Destroyer. She and her companions -- Sam, the Disreputable Dog, and Mogget -- have to take that chance. For the Destroyer is the enemy of all Life, and it must be stopped, though Lirael does not know how.

To make matters worse, Sam's best friend, Nick, is helping the Destroyer, as are the necromancer Hedge and the Greater Dead Chlorr, and there has been no word from the Abhorsen Sabriel or King Touchstone.

Everything depends upon Lirael. A heavy, perhaps even impossible burden for a young woman who just days ago was merely a Second Assistant Librarian. With only a vision from the Clayr to guide her, and the rather mixed help of her companions, Lirael must search in both Life and Death for some means to defeat the Destroyer.

Before it is too late. . .

ABHORSEN is the third and final book in the Abhorsen trilogy.
Source: Info in the About Abhorsen was taken from the books' official website at on 22/05/2010.

My Review:
A rousing and very satisfying conclusion to a most wonderful tale!

As per usual, this book is fast-paced page-turner. The storytelling quality is very compelling. A 5 out of 5. Nix gives us characters which will stay with a reader long after one has finished reading the book. Another 5 out of 5. World building is beautifully woven that a reader can suspend disbelief very effortlessly. Masterpiece.

CymLowellOverall Rating: 5 out of 5 cherries


  1. Yep definitely need to get this series :)

    Im glad you liked it so much!!!

    there is an award waiting for you at my blog btw

  2. I think your shelf is going to be my go-to guide when shopping for my daughter. She loves sci-fantasy, but I shamefully admit I don't have a clue what is good in that particular genre. Thanks for joining the party over at Cym's site.

    Bitsy Bling's Book Review

  3. Hm, a 5, interesting. I have seen these books at the library so I guess I should give them a go one day


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