In this novel, Garth Nix creates a new world of fantasy. Sabriel is a strong young woman torn between two worlds. She is to be the next Abhorsen, the necromancer that instead of raising the dead puts them down for ever. The book is set in the Old Kingdom, where magic is commonplace and so are the risen dead. This world is richly detailed and vividly imagined by Nix. The charaters are beautifully drawn and layered, and the plot is unexpected. All of this combines to create a breathtaking book that all should read.