30 day book challenge- Day 24- A book that you wish more people would’ve read

Whenever I am trawling the web in boredom, looking for well-reviewed and interesting fantasy novels/ series, there are two notable works which do not appear. The first is Secret Sacrament by Sherryl Jordan and the second the Old Kingdom Trilogy by Garth Nix. Let me be clear, I’m not a fan on Nix in general, but I adore this trilogy- Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen (+1- Across the wall) are something just that little bit different as the protagonist, Sabriel, is a death-witch who deals with making the undead return to their dead state. With the help of a cat and some interesting bells, Sabriel is a fearsome and interesting character. Nevertheless, in the world of fantasy, it is rare for me to actually hear of someone who has even heard of this trilogy. As for the Secret Sacrament (Sheryl Jordan)  I suppose it could be described as a kind of Pocahontas story where a boy, ever in awe of an outside, ‘savage’ culture becomes a healer and lives amongst them.  Whilst I’m not proclaiming its literary excellence- it ultimatley paints cultural difference and characters in general and very broad strokes- it remains a pleasant fantasy to read with a sad but appropriate ending. I feel like I want to discuss these books with someone, so do me a favor and go out and read them.

 

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3 Comments to “30 day book challenge- Day 24- A book that you wish more people would’ve read”

  1. I hardly ever read fantasy, but I think you may have sold me on this one. It sounds really wonderful and I love to find a gem that no one else has really heard of and promote it as best I can. Thanks for the recommendations.

  2. You know, I have seen the first two books in my local library for the longest time and I have never picked them up even though the titles are really interesting. I always stop at Sabriel, trailed my finger at the spine of the book and move on. I didn’t even know it was about a death-witch (which sounds really awesome). Now, I’m going to pick it up or at least added to my TBR list.

  3. I loved Sabriel. Lirael, not so much. Which is probably why I didn’t finsh Abhorsen, but it’s on my to-read list. I don’t know why, but I’ve never been able to complete a Garth Nix series. He starts out really strong – I loved Mister Monday from his Keys to the Kingdom, as well. Which is actually why I picked up Sabriel. But I lost all interest by the time I got to Sir Thursday.
    I have to say, though. Mogget was my favourite book character for a really, really long time.

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