Friday, September 14, 2012
Sabriel, by Garth Nix
Unfortunately not the coming-of-age novel I really hoped it would be, Sabriel's odyssey is still entertaining. The plot is packed full of adventure and the settings are rich and full. The details of the magic that they use is fascinating and original on its own, but there is also the vivid detail of the Afterlife (which would put Dante to shame) and the incongruous modernity of Ancelstierre. All in all, it's a fascinating world. So, while the lack of a stronger human element is a turn-off for me, the book itself is readable and introduces an exciting world.