Regarding Sky’s discussion question, I believe it helps when authors borrow from “real” elements. Afterall, we live in the “real” world so for a reader it is easier to make a connection with the things or events that s/he is already familiar with. Of course, authors that manage to create something completely different, out of nothing have to be praised and it is indeed admirable when they do that. Truth is, if that is the case, you have to be very descriptive to make yourself understood. It happened with this story, at first I didn’t understand how magic worked and the Charter marks and all of that, until I read a better description that helped me to understand.
About the events of the chapters, I liked to see some more displays of magic, like when Touchstone casted the arrow ward, or when Sabriel defeated the Mordaut, or when they casted the four marks (cardinal wards) when they finally found Father’s (Abhorsen) body.
My favorite chapter was chapter 18. It was interesting to know the story of Rogir (Kerrigor) , how he is related with Touchstone, and how he became corrupted. I really appreciate to learn moreabout the past of the main antagonist and I didn’t expect him to have a close relation with Touchstone.
I also liked chapter 23 and to read howKerrigor was “defeated” again. I really enjoyed seeing Sabriel and her Father working together as a team, fighting for the same cause, finally united. That made happy. To know that the antagonist hasn’t been completely defeated yet adds another twist to the story, and I have to praise Sabriel’s courage of accepting her Father’s death and accepting her new mission: going back to Ancelstierre and find Rogir’s body to finally defeat him.
I’m almost done with the book. I haven’t totally loved it but it has kept me entertained enough to continue until the end.