b: abhorsen chronicles

The small piece I did in antipation of meeting Garth Nix today. (I’ll say more about that in a seperate post). Haven’t had the chacne to read Goldenhand properly thanks to a lot of university work and society responsablity. But this is inspired by the prologue.

Also trying to get the age difference right was difficult…

Sabriel and Lirael belong to Garth Nix

Paint tool sai and wacom bamboo

Favorite OTPs – Sabriel and Touchstone | The Abhorsen Trilogy

“I’d have liked to see you in the Royal Guard,” Sabriel said. “And the Old Kingdom, in…I mean before the Stones were broken.”

“In my day, you mean,” said Touchstone. “I would have liked that too. It was more like here, then. Here normally, I mean. Peaceful, and sort of slow. Sometimes I thought life was too slow, too predictable. I’d prefer that now…”

“I used to think like that at school,” Sabriel answered. “Dreaming about the Old Kingdom. Proper Charter Magic. Dead to bind. Princes to be—”


“Married,” replied Sabriel, absently.

what I find most fascinating about sabriel and lirael is their individual upbrings = differences in character and how that could effect their own strengths and weaknesses.

sabriel grows up in ancelstierre with very little knowledge of the old kingdom but enough to know that she's different (hell girl already knows how to bring a dead rabbit back to life) but she still assumes a very authoritative position with her school as prefect, and her preference to control and having authority is shown throughout the course of the book (most of her frustrations is her lack of knowledge on how things work in the old kingdom which puts her at odds with touchstone who knows more about the traditions but prefers to follow rather than lead)

whereas lirael starts arguably in a better position than sabriel, being brought up in the glacier and knows how the old kingdom works, however her anxieties are born from her lacking the one thing her society demands of the clayr 

i think that explains why a lot of people prefer lirael to sabriel because sabriel is the character you want to be, lirael is the character you relate to and could very well be a stronger abhorsen because of how much she makes herself grow throughout lirael + abhorsen


Fake movie meme- Sabriel [Abhorsen Chronicles pt 1]

“I have walked in Death to the very precipice of the Ninth Gate,” Abhorsen said quietly. “I know the secrets and horrors of the Nine Precincts. I do not know what lies beyond, but everything that lives must go there, in the proper time. That is the rule that governs our work as the Abhorsen, but it also governs us. You are the fifty-third Abhorsen, Sabriel. I have not taught you as well as I should—let this be my final lesson. Everyone and everything has a time to die.”

                                     Blood for the breaking,

                                                   Blood for the making.

A Touchstone RP blog

Stop by and check out the blog! There’s an about page, and a list of rules if you’re an RP blog who would like a Touchstone to talk to, or simply someone from the fandom who’d like to pop by and greet or talk to the king.

Abhorsen/Old Kingdom RPers?

Just a general shout out to Abhorsen fans (seriously we need a cool name for ourselves). I would like to compile a list of any Abhorsen series RP blogs that are out there and also convince more people to join in because our fandom is so tiny!

i still would really kill for a touchstone so you know..

UPDATED: Charter Magic and the Art of Bell Maintenance - Old Kingdom - Garth Nix [Archive of Our Own]

Scenes and stories from Lirael’s time as Abhorsen-in-Waiting. Sisterly bonding, family quarrels, dinner parties, young love, old love, how to cope with your Very Royal Family, and enough of the Dead to last a lifetime.



Part 1: Ice, Ash and Moonstone

Part 2: Stranger in a Strange Land

Part 3: What Is and What Should Never Be

 1. Le Cirque des Rêves from the Night Circus 

Is it a cop out to choose the entire circus? Again I’m disappointed this is not a real life thing, I would most definitely end up being a Rêveur and follow it all over the world. Not even going to lie, I would join the circus given the chance. I particularly loved the Ice Garden tent, but any of the tents would be nice to hang out in to be honest. 

 2. The Room of Requirement from the Harry Potter series

I refuse to believe that it was destroyed in Deathly Hallows. They can just magic it better right? Riiight. This is the most handy room in all of Hogwarts, and I need one just like it in my own home. 

 3. The Abhorsen House from the Abhorsen Chronicles

Again with the useful settings, what can I say? I like all things that will make my life as easy as possible. Not only do we get a seemingly endless amount of servants, I’m also pretty sure the Abhorsen House is a bit like the Room of requirement. It’s at the bottom of a waterfall surrounded by water, that’s some serious feng shui. Plus it’s really hard to get to, so you’ll basically never get uninvited guests. 

 4. The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition and the Occult from
The Diviners

I was devastated when I found out this museum didn’t actually exist; or maybe some version of it does somewhere else in the States? IDK. That’s besides the point I think this would be an extremely interesting way to study the history of a town/country/what have you. Seriously who wouldn’t love to spend a few hours wandering this museum of creepy crawlies? I can’t wait for the sequel so we can spend more time in this museum! 

5. The Ocean from the Ocean at the End of the Lane

Entering this Ocean would be a trip and half, but I don’t want to be entering because I’m dying or anything. Just a casual dip,is that blasphemous? Maybe. But finding out the secrets of the universe would be fantastic, please and thank you. Also remembering them afterwards would be ideal but I’ll take what I can get. 

Nicholas Sayre and the Creature in the Case
by Garth Nix

Rating: B+

Six months after being controlled by the powerful Free Magic creature known as the Destroyer, Nicholas Sayre is not happy with his decision to stay in Ancelstierre. He’s desperate to cross the Wall and rejoin his friends in the Old Kingdom, but the only way his politically connected uncle will give him the visa to do so is to attend a party held by the eccentric Alastor Dorrance. But Dorrance isn’t what he appears to be. In reality, he leads a secret group called Department Thirteen, and there’s an ulterior motive for him wanting Nick at his house.

I will try to make this review as spoiler-free as I can, but since this story involves many elements from the last few pages of Abhorsen, I don’t know how well I’ll do.

This is a quick little novella that would take most people less than an hour to read, and while it really doesn’t add anything to the main stories, it was still fun to get to see these characters again. It did sate my curiosity somewhat, since I wanted to know what happened after the events of Abhorsen, but it really wasn’t enough. But, as I’ve said before, it’s never enough!

Nick’s character wasn’t explored all that much in Lirael and Abhorsen, so it was mainly that reason why I liked that this novella follows him. So much was left unsaid and I had a lot of questions as to what would happen to him after the Disreputable Dog saved him. It’s surprising when you find out what it means for him, but at the same time then I wish this story happened a little later in Nick’s life. For instance, if he had his own story after he learned the Charter I think it would have been killer.

In the end, this is a nice little story that held my interest. But it also made me wish that there were more stories out there, and now I want another book in this series so badly that it hurts.

-Review by C.M.