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SABRIEL READ-A-LONG PART THREE DISCUSSION 

Hello everyone! Well, it’s the last week of the read-a-long, and I think it’s gone pretty great so far. (I’m sorry I didn’t post anything myself last week for Part 2 — I was knee deep in The Locked Tomb series and was having a hard time stepping out of it!) I’m so thankful to all of you that decided to join in — it’s been a real pleasure seeing people read this book again, so long after it was released! I really hope that you all have enjoyed it!

DISCUSSION IDEAS or QUESTIONS FOR WEEK TWO:

  • Review the book as a whole! (Go ahead and post this as a review on its own if you want, idc!)
  • Pick a character — were you satisfied with their journey in Sabriel?
  • What did you think of the reveal for who Touchstone and what Mogget is?
  • Was Kerrigor scary enough for you, or do you wish he had been more menacing?
  • Where do you think the rest of the series is headed?

Are you planning to head on with the series, and pick up Lirael next? Let me know!

SABRIEL READ-A-LONG PART TWO DISCUSSION IDEAS

Hello everyone!! I absolutely loved seeing you all start one of my favorite books last week! This week we’re getting into the meat of things a little more — chapters 11 – 21 are to be read by the end of the week! If you do make posts, please tag me in them somewhere so I can see them! You can link to this post or to this one. I can’t wait to see what you all think!

DISCUSSION IDEAS or QUESTIONS FOR WEEK TWO:

  • Would you fly in a paperwing, given the chance?
  • What are your thoughts on talking animal companions, as a whole?
  • Pick a character and discuss what you suspect about their journey going forward
  • Who or what do you think Touchstone is?

SABRIEL READ-A-LONG: WEEK ONE

As someone who’s read Sabriel countless times, it’s going to be very hard for me to discuss this book without spoiling the rest (and the future sequels), but I will do my very best not to. I won’t be answering my own discussion questions as, well, I know what happens. It’d be silly to pretend I don’t.

Anyway, what I want to discuss what we know of (and what I love about) Sabriel after reading through Chapter 10.

Right away, Sabriel is shown to be both unsure in who she is, but also quite competent when it comes right down to it. We see her bringing a child’s pet back to life to spare them the trauma of finding it dead. We see her take charge in a dangerous situation involving a possibly dead thing, and we see her anxious when her father does not show up on time. Sabriel is a creature of multitudes — young and realistic.

Sabriel & Mogget, art by Jenn

I have always loved this about her — she approachable and believable in a way that a lot of YA heroines are not. She’s not described as being particularly beautiful, not described as being ‘different’ than other girls. She has friends, and felt like she belonged in her school. Sabriel is torn out of her ‘place’ by a family emergency and instead of waffling about whether she should go — she immediately does.

I always love the scenes at the Wall — these further help us understand who Sabriel is as a person. We see her urgently, urgently needing to cross to help her father, but she still can’t resist the urge to mess with the soldier that first approaches her. Sabriel is playful at heart, but serious when she needs to be, as we see when she meets Colonel Horyse. Once she does cross the wall, Sabriel realizes how alone she is in a place she doesn’t know or understand, and how much is depending on her to find and get to her father’s house.

When danger hits in the form of Thralk, Sabriel takes charge and doesn’t second guess herself for a moment. It is work of mere minutes (possibly seconds?) for her to bind the dead creature, and send him back to behind the gates. Now, Sabriel is on the run. Something dead is after her — something much bigger and more powerful than Thralk. Something that Sabriel is desperately, desperately afraid of — the Mordicant.

Sabriel is panicking as she runs, not really thinking properly. It is by the skin of her teeth — and the help of a few Charter Sendings — that she manages to get to the Abhorsen’s house safely. Once there, we meet Mogget (another discussion for another day) and we see our heroine refuse to believe that her father is dead, despite all evidence pointing that way. Sabriel is so stubborn at this point — her father is alive, she thinks, and will not hear otherwise. You can’t help but love her for her love for her father.

I’m going to wrap this up here, as I could quite literally go on forever about why Sabriel is one of my favorite characters.

So, my friends that are participating in our Read-A-Long, or perhaps those of you who have already read these books — why do you like (or dislike) Sabriel as a character?

SABRIEL READ-A-LONG PART ONE DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

IT’S FINALLY TIME! Our Sabriel Read-a-Long starts this week! Chapters 1 – 10 are to be read by the end of the week. Here’s our discussion questions for this week. These are, of course, not mandatory, and are simply something to base your posts around should you need something! If you do make posts, please tag me in them somewhere so I can see them! You can link to this post or to this one. I can’t wait to see what you all think of one of my favorite books.

QUESTIONS FOR WEEK ONE:

1. Our main character comes into this world dead, but her father immediately brings her back to life. What do you think this foretells for the rest of the book going forward?

2. There is a creeping sense of foreboding as soon as Sabriel crosses the Wall and enters the Old Kingdom. What do you think lurks there?

3. When Sabriel reaches the Wall, she is shown immediately as be both competent, and unsure. Does this endear her to you, as a reader, or make you less sure about her prospects in the story?

4. Charter Magic is a huge part of this story. What do you think of the magic system so far? What do you think the Charter Stones do? Why are they destroyed?

5. We meet Mogget in Chapter Eight. What do you think he is? Is he good, evil, or neither? Why do you think he is forbidden from speaking about the Greater Dead? Is it a device for the author, to drag out the mystery, or do you think there is a in-story reason?

For those of you that have read the book, let me know if you’ve got any ideas for a discussion question! I’m not very good at coming up with them!

OLD KINGDOM READ-A-LONG

I know everyone and their brother has about a million things to on their TBR these days, but I thought I would see if there was interest in doing an Old Kingdom Read-A-Long. (I plan on doing at least Sabriel, but if there is further interest, I’d be willing to continue on through Abhorsen!) I’ve never hosted (or done) a read-a-long before, but I plan on treating it somewhat like a book club? I thought we could read through certain chapters by certain days, and then discuss/answer questions I’ll research/come up with on Fridays. (This might be exactly what a read-a-long is, and if that’s the case, woo!) Anyway, on to the possible schedule.

If you’re interested, please comment below and let me know. I thought we could aim to do this in September, with the schedule for Sabriel as follows:

  • Chapters 1 – 10: September 2
  • Chapters 11 – 21: September 9
  • Chapters 22 – 29: September 16

Sabriel is 491 pages long, but the chapters are quite short. Please speak up if you think this is an unreasonable amount of book to read in a week!

So what’s the book about? Check out the synopsis below:

SABRIEL BY GARTH NIX

The book cover for Sabriel by Garth Nix

Sent to a boarding school in Ancelstierre as a young child, Sabriel has had little experience with the random power of Free Magic or the Dead who refuse to stay dead in the Old Kingdom. But during her final semester, her father, the Abhorsen, goes missing, and Sabriel knows she must enter the Old Kingdom to find him.

With Sabriel, the first installment in the Abhorsen series, Garth Nix exploded onto the fantasy scene as a rising star, in a novel that takes readers to a world where the line between the living and the dead isn’t always clear—and sometimes disappears altogether. 

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Of course, any of you that have read the book previously, but don’t want to reread, are still welcome to join in on the discussions!