Meet me in the river Aug19

Meet me in the river

Walking in death: this is the power of the Abhorsen. Where magic is portrayed as a gift in many stories, it almost seems like a curse for the Abhorsen, a faithful servant of Charter magic, whose duty is to lay the dead to rest. In Garth Nix’s Abhorsen Chronicles, the Old Kingdom is a world caught in a constant battle between life and death, between Charter magic and Free magic. This is a land plagued with necromancers who use the corrupted power of Free magic to raise the dead in order to achieve their own goals of dominion and destruction. Their enemy is the Abhorsen. The series is comprised of three books—Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen—and follows two would-be Abhorsens: Sabriel and Lirael (whose story picks up 20 years after Sabriel’s). Both are stories in which the protagonists learn about their inheritance as the next Abhorsen and must defeat great evil while doing so. A common theme in fantasy is that everything has a time to die. The Abhorsen has the ability to walk in the spiritual realm of death, which plays just as much a role in these books as the land of the living. Death is portrayed as a river with nine gates and precincts through which spirits must pass before they come to their final resting place. Here, death is dangerous and sinister. Everything is grey and devoid of light, except for occasional bursts of red fire; the river itself is icy cold, its treacherous current tugging spirits further into its depths. Any spirit that lingers too long becomes a twisted reflection of what it once was. Necromancers and Abhorsens alike have to take care lest they find themselves swept away along with the dead. Everyone in this land seems to have an innate fear of that...