After reading Sabriel I have some mixed reviews. In general words I liked the story. I didn’t find it boring and it entertained me enough to continue until the very end. Still, I never really fell in love with the book. I know it is part of a series, and although I would like to read the rest of the books, I wouldn’t feel excited to read them. I would just read them out of curiosity and because I HAVE to only because I started with the first one so I need to finish with the other ones (That’s how my mind works!).
Like Tarma, in the last chapters I didlike the girls from Sabriel’s school joining the fight. I also like the twins using a WAND (I couldn’t believe it when I first read it, we were so used to the Charter marks that seeing a wand made me happy!). But like Robin, I also felt that the ending was a little bit rushed.
One of the problems I have with the book is that, although it is meant to be action packed, those parts never really excited me. I enjoyed seeing a different kind of magic, but truthfully, nothing really happened that made me go “WOW” or to be standing on the edge of my seat, except for the part in which Sabriel is stabbed by the very end (that part I never expected it). But other than that, I feel like the book needs better descriptions of the adventures and engage the reader.
Also, there’s something with Sabriel that never really clicked with me. True, I admire her courage and her love towards her father, but I think that she is a character that lacks charm or something. And I’m still not sure if I like the love relationship between Touchstone and Sabriel, only because I feel it was too predictable.
The magic was difficult to understand.It is a different kind of magi that looks complex, difficult and that requires great deal of concentration and ability.
But I have to say that I really liked this quote: “The Abhorsen wields me so that no Dead shall walk in Life. For this is not their path”. I loved it. I feel it gave the whole book its purpose because it represents the true mission of an Abhorsen, and I really liked to see Sabriel motivated after reading it.