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Publisher's Summary

Before she went to join Sam and Mogget downstairs, Lirael paused for a moment to look at herself in the tall silver mirror that hung on the wall of her room. The image that faced her bore little resemblance to the Second Assistant Librarian of the Clayr. She saw a warlike and grim young woman, dark hair bound back with a silver cord rather than hanging free to disguise her face. She no longer wore her librarian's waistcoat, and she had a long Nehima at her side rather than a library-issue dagger. But she had kept her library whistle, tucking it into the small pouch at her belt. Though she was many, many leagues from any help the whistle might summon, she felt the need to cling to some small part of her past and her identity.

She had become an Abhorsen, Lirael thought, at least on the outside.

Don't miss books one and two of this trilogy! Sabriel and Lirael: Daughter of the Clayr.
©2003 Garth Nix (P)2003 Random House, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Abhorsen is an excellent denouement for a fantasy that is both literary and popularly accessible. Out loud, the powers of this future classic are intensified, especially through Curry's inspired dramatization." (School Library Journal)
"At once an allegory regarding war and peace and a testament to friendship, this thought-provoking fantasy also resolves the true identities of the popular Dog and Mogget characters and suggests that Nix may still have more tricks up his sleeve." (Publishers Weekly)

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great great great

for me a book is great when it conjures up emotions, this book did this on spades, brilliantly written and narrated!! *****

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Wonderous

Picking up where Lirael left off, Abhorsen is a wonderfully drawn conclusion to the trilogy. Tim Curry is at his best, bringing the characters to life, and Garth Nix's tale draws us right in. With heaps of magic, necromancy and ghoulish dead, the protagonists must strive hard to survive this epic tale. I personally had trouble getting through Sabriel. It wasn't a book I could read, but Tim brought it to life, and this book is well worth the hours of listening.

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spectacular

tim curry did such an amazing job at these three books that I worry about how the next narrator will compare.

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just amazing

narrator was great as usual, amazing story, wonderful characters, I can't recommend this book higher, it is just amazing simply amazing

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almost perfect

A few audio glitches but an otherwise excellent performance by Curry in the thrilling and emotional conclusion.

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loved the story. loved time Currys performance. the audio occasionally could only be heard through one speaker though

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  • Ethan M.
  • 11-10-2006

A great conclusion to a wonderful series

First off - this is the last book in the trilogy starting with Sabriel, and continues the story from Lireal. While several years passed between the action in Sabriel and Lireal, this book picks up immediately from the cliff-hanger that ended Lireal. What does that mean? You need to listen to the first two books before reading this one - don't try to listen to them out of order!

With that said, this book continues the remarkably good young adult series by Garth Nix, although the books are at least as well suited to an adult audience, especially Abhorsen, the darkest of the lot. Abhorsen revolves around a race to stop an ancient evil from being brought into the world, which sounds like a typical fantasy plotline, but in Nix's hands it is made fresh by his complex world and compelling characters. Tim Curry's reading is excellent, and, if not quite as inventive as the first two books, this provides an exciting and impressive conclusion, in which many mysteries are resolved from the rest of the series.

If you like Philip Pullman, J. K. Rowling's more recent (darker) Harry Potter novels, or George R. R. Martin, you should strongly consider listening to this series.

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  • DangerMouse
  • 05-07-2008

splendid

Firstly, the narration was extremely well-done. The only thing that I didn't like very much was Mogget's voice, though this is only a matter of preference, and I cannot fault the narrator for that.
The book itself is very engaging and a good read/listen, though I have to agree with one of the other reviewers about the heroine: she is too whiney and distraught over something she really should have been used to by this point. Being a Remembrancer should be enough for her, especially since she's the only one in the world, but she can't seem to get over not being able to see into the future. This is tiring after a while. Other than that, it's a good story.

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  • Michael
  • 29-07-2007

Amazing!!!

This is an excellent conclusion to the Old Kingdom series as well as a perfect conclusion to the story begun in Lirael. I would suggest reading the two previous books in the series first because this book picks up right where the last one left off. This means that the action begins in the first chapter, keeping your interest until the end. The main characters continue their journey to stop an ancient being from destroying the world. This book is filled with magical fights that would rival those in Harry Potter. You will NOT want to stop listening.

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  • Tanya
  • 21-12-2006

Don't Miss This Thrilling Conclusion!

My only complaint is that it has to end!!!

This series is remarkable on so many levels. Garth Nix is a genius at creating rich, fantastic worlds fraught with gritty emotion and thrilling excitement and this final installment in the "Old Kingdom" series does not disappoint!

The characters are engaging, the story is tight, and Tim Curry is perfect.

Don't miss this one!

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  • chris
  • 23-06-2007

Great fun

This is a worthy sequel to Lireal (sp?) which I also enjoyed. This book has a bit more depth. The talking dog and cat still made me roll my eyes a little (is it Disney or Jar-Jar?) but it didn't spoil the story. Plus they are more than they seem, like every other character in this book. The ending was satisfying and worth the two-book wait, although the last couple of pages were a little predictable. I had a hard time putting this one down.

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  • Matthew von der Ahe
  • 08-10-2007

Good voice, good story

Tim Curry has a great reading voice. He loses his character's voices a couple times, but overall very good. The story is deep fantasy, with lots of complex, arcane magic; deep, inferred history; and evil necromancers. Story sags just a little near the end, but overall, Highly Recommended.

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  • Wayne
  • 05-10-2007

Love Tim Curry

These are enjoyable stories but Tim Curry's narration make them special.

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  • Jada
  • 23-05-2018

Long awaited

This was a book that I read back in middle school for the first time well not this one but the first one I didn’t realize there are more and this is fabulous

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-05-2018

Hungering for more

Its a brilliant story that leaves you guessing and I've found that you cannot always guess what'll happen next. Even when you do, Nix throws another curveball and leaves hungering for more. Tim Curry has an excellent way with keeping in character and fulfilling the roles of each character as well. He definitely makes Nix's Old Kingdom world come alive.

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  • Spaghooter
  • 16-05-2018

Together, Tim & Garth = I MUST have MORE !!!!

100% officially my FAVORITE audible to date. Been with audible a few years and THIS is my fav thus far. And that's even having "read" Game of Thrones series as well as L.O.R.
Superb narration; but then again that's a no brainer considering its Tim. C.- right!
Fantastic story, again no brainer - Garth.. of course it's a great story with well fleshed out characters and worlds.

Together, Tim & Garth equates to a fantastic experience.!!

This story coupled with Tim's character voices & portrayals really bring you into the world of Sabriel, Sammeth, The Disreputable Dog, etc.
.....You ARE there!!!....
Finished this trilogy in little over 2 days! I actually feel as if I miss these guys. I miss them on my life. How strange to have gotten that engrossed and attached.
I sooo want MORE!

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  • Mr
  • 23-12-2012

An Incredible Listen

This book is beautifully written, as is always the case with Garth Nix. I did not expect to find an audio version which even began to portray the beauty and depth of his world, but Tim Curry was definitely the right person to chose to do so. If you've read the series, or are simply looking to find out if it's any good, I would definitely suggest listening to this.

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  • Ian
  • 16-02-2009

Awesome

Brilliant climax to a superb trilogy. Moves from the Sameth/Lirael 'discovering their identities' phase to riveting action. Brilliantly read, and wonderful characters. The Disreputable Dog and Mogget are witty and intelligent additions to the blossoming pair of Sameth and Lirael, for whom you find yourself rooting for more and more as the tension mounts. A great pity it had to end.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 08-03-2007

Great

I couldnt wait to get into the third book of the trilogy. The narration was great and the story lived up to expectations. Excellent overall

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  • Kevin Glover
  • 03-04-2018

Another installment of an excellent series

Nix delivers yet another page turner, and once again Tim Curry makes sure that you cannot stop listening till the end!

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  • minty-chan
  • 27-02-2018

amazing story, perfect ending loved it

Tim curry had the most entertaining voice and fit the story perfectly. definitely a favourite :)

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  • "sharky18"
  • 24-01-2018

A well completed story

What can I say other than this book has been the last in one of the best stories i have ever read. not alot more I can say about it other than 'You must' read this trilogy.

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  • Jake Lovell
  • 04-12-2017

As good as I remember from my childhood

Only criticism I can think of is the damned music that someone thought would be a good idea to slap on the last 30 seconds of the book that completely ruined all of the emotions of that scene.

That small niggle aside, brilliant book and a good reading of it.

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  • Gill Hancock
  • 10-11-2017

Fantastic, gripping, human

Loved this book. Really wished they hadn't put the awful music at the beginning and epilogue though :( Read it anyway though. It's good.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-10-2017

Tim Curry is the best narrator going

Garth Nix never fails to deliver. Possibly my favourite fantasy writer. Can't wait to listen to the new releases.

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  • DF
  • 01-10-2017

As good as I remembered

It's been a few years since I last read the Old Kingdom trilogy, and this is the first time I have listened to the audio book versions.

I loved it. Tim Curry really brings the books to life. None of my usual grumbles that the narrator can't pronounce simple words, never mind the more obscure stuff fantasy demands.

I just hope the narrators for books 4&5 are as good!