Sabriel – by Garth Nix
I had been meaning to read this for a while, but decided I couldn’t put it off any longer when I came across the audio version and saw that it was read by Tim Curry. I couldn’t pass that up, and I have to say I highly recommend it. A good reader makes all the difference with audio books.
When her father – the Abhorsen, charged with protecting the Old Kingdom from the Dead – disappears, Sabriel sets out to discover what happened to him and finds herself drawn into a quest to stop a centuries-old evil from taking over the kingdom. Along the way, she enlists the help of a cat (or a magical being in the body of a cat, rather) named Mogget, and a Charter Mage named Touchstone with a mysterious past.
This is a great book, with fully realized characters and an epic, good vs. evil fantasy plot. Though we only get a limited view of the Old Kingdom, one gets the sense that it is a complete and detailed world full of complexities that we will hopefully see more of in the second and third books in the trilogy.