Title of the book: Sabriel
Author: Garth Nix
Series: Yes (Abhorsen Series)
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Adventure, Fantasy/Magic
Short summary of the story: Sabriel is the daughter of The Abhorsen, and is in school far away from the realm where magic operates. She, however, has familiarity with that realm, and when summoned to deal with matters there, is quite capable of doing so. She searches for her missing father and finds herself taking his place in the doing of it.
The Goodreads writeup says
This is what I just posted there: This is one of the books where, while the people in it are fine, and Sabriel herself is one tough cookie, I just cannot wrap my head around the 'magic' in the book, so as a whole, it is a good read but not one I'd go to for a re-read.Sent to a boarding school in Ancelstierre as a young child, Sabriel has had little experience with the random power of Free Magic or the Dead who refuse to stay dead in the Old Kingdom. But during her final semester, her father, the Abhorsen, goes missing, and Sabriel knows she must enter the Old Kingdom to find him.
With Sabriel, the first installment in the Abhorsen series, Garth Nix exploded onto the fantasy scene as a rising star, in a novel that takes readers to a world where the line between the living and the dead isn't always clear—and sometimes disappears altogether.