Garth Nix was born in 1963 and grew up in Canberra, Australia. After taking his degree in professional writing from the University of Canberra, he worked in a bookshop and then moved to Sydney. There he sank lower into the morass of the publishing industry, steadily devolving from sales rep through publicist until in 1991 he became a senior editor with a major multinational publisher. After a period travelling in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Asia in 1993, he left publishing to work as a marketing communications consultant . In 1999 he was lured back to the publishing world to become a part-time literary agent. He now lives in Sydney, a five-minute walk from Coogee Beach, with his wife, Anna, and lots of books. Sabriel is his first book for young adults.
PW gave a starred review to this Australian fantasy about a young necromancer, calling it "rich, complex, involving, hard to put down." Ages 12-up. (Sept.)
"Sabriel is a winner, a fantasy that reads like realism. Here is a world with the same solidity and four-dimensional authority as our own, created with invention, clarity and intellience." Philip Pullman "I think Garth Nix has created a really remarkable and persuasive wold, and done it in the grand style of high fantasy and heroic romance, with some wonderful twists and turns. His Sabriel is a heroine truly worthy of that role." Lloyd Alexander "Rich, complex, involving, hard to put down, this first novel is excellent high fantasy." Publishers Weekly "By turns rousing, charming and slyly funny, Sabriel is an engaging tale that slays sexual stereotypes along with its monsters." San Francisco Chronicle "The action charges along at a gallop. A page turner for sure." ALA Booklist
Gr 7 Up-From her precarious start in life, fetched back from death by her father, Sabriel's life is fraught with challenges in Garth Nix's compelling but somewhat death-obsessed novel (HarperCollins, 1996). While still a schoolgirl, Sabriel learns that her father, the Abhorsen, whose task it is to keep the dead from escaping from the realm of the dead, is in dire peril or possibly dead. She sets out to rescue him and, in the process, fights terrible beings, finds her love, assumes the role of Abhorsen, and defeats the enemy whose evil threatens the Old Kingdom. Actor Tim Curry's outstanding reading draws every nuance of meaning from the text and gives added dramatic tone to an already sensation rich text. The action-filled story features a strong female who not only takes over her father's work, but in a sleeping beauty type reversal, rouses her young man from an enchanted sleep with a kiss (and a spell). It has much of the clever and often amusing invention that characterizes the Harry Potter books, and would be a good choice for his older fans. The tale requires experience with fantasy, and assumes an audience willing to accept many unexplained elements. Some listeners may have trouble remembering the individual powers of the seven magic bells which are part of Sabriel's arsenal against the dead-easily referred back to in print, but in audio requiring a real effort of memory. None of this will deter fantasy lovers, who will greatly enjoy this beautifully recorded audiobook.-Louise Sherman, formerly Anna C. Scott School, Leonia, NJ Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.