The Abhorsen Trilogy: Abhorsen
Written By: Garth Nix
Published By: Eos
Reviewed by Frank L. Ocasio
You poor, poor soul. You just finished a great book with a pretty insane cliff hanger. But hey, buck up, bucko. It's not like you have to wait for the sequel--it's here! It's now! It's a whopping 518 more pages! The only problem is, Abhorsen is sadly the conclusion of Garth Nix's Abhorsen Trilogy.
But what a conclusion it is. In the same vein as its predecessors, Abhorsen delivers great writing and an adventure that's typed up and printed good times from cover to cover. Good times laced with pure, unprocessed action. Action so intense that events spanning twenty minutes can manage to somehow engulf 100 pages. And action that doesn't get bland at all. No lie, those twenty minutes are amazing.
For the sake of those who like reading the reviews for an entire series before buying them, I won't divulge any of Abhorsen's secrets here.
What I will say, however, is that it answers questions you didn't even know you had. Questions that you'll want answered the moment you hear them. Don't believe me? Well, then who's Mogget? Who's Chlorr of the Mask? And what ever did happen to our beloved Sabriel and Touchstone?
Unfortunately, this isn't to say that Abhorsen will leave you without a single "What?" or "Who?" Key moments that have been building up since the last book suddenly fizzle out in ways you really won't expect. In one case it's so bad that you're sure more is going to evolve later in the book, complicating Lirael's and Sameth's lives just that much more as they try to stop the necromancer Hedge's master plan of earth-shattering proportions. However... the situation never arises again. Definitely disappointing in that respect. Especially because I'm talking about disappointment from Garth Nix. Garth Nix! How does that even happen in this trilogy?
Even so, you'll put Abhorsen down and thank the stars you found G-Pop... or whatever other (lamer) source may have led you to them. Overall, this book was still an amazing ride. And despite the unanswered questions, you'll still wish that trilogies came in four, that you could follow the rest of these characters' lives, and, at your loneliest post-Abhorsen moments, that there really were such things as necromancers raising the dead and wreaking havok just so you could get a little more of that sweet, sweet Abhorsen Trilogy action.
One More Thing Before I Quit: You won't actually have to wish necromancers are real. At least not yet anyways. Although I haven't read it yet, Garth Nix's Across the Wall, an anthology of short stories, features a short that takes place in the world of the Abhorsen. My sources tell me that it's amazing, but hey. You and I both (if you've already read some or all of this trilogy), we know it must be.