Firstly, I feel ashamed that I hadn't heard about this series, nor that Garth Nix is an Aussie, before it was recommended to me by an American friend... Way to support local authors me XD
I quite enjoyed the premise behind this, and I'm always happy to find things that negate the ability to use fire arms. Magical marks called charter marks create a
Sabriel, an 18 yo woman in her last few weeks of boarding school in the new kingdom, receives a cryptic message from her father located in the old kingdom. He is the Abhorsen, a necromancer with the ability to travel between life and death, whose job it is to send the dead off peacefully and to prevent the spirits of the dead from coming back to the living world.
Unprepared for what she may find, Sabriel sets out to find her father with the assistance the Abhorsen's aide Mogget, who due to magical binds cannot share much of the information he has. On her journey, Sabriel is chased by a most terrifying creature, a Mordicant, the worst type of dead spirit and his lesser spirit minions. She also befriends a member of the royal guard, Touchstone, a man who had been trapped as the figurehead of a ship for 200 years until she set him free.
Soon Sabriel discovers that her father's disappearance is just a small part of a much larger plot to allow the dead spirits free reign over the living world. Together the trio set out to rescue both kingdoms from the dangers that are fast approaching.
I gave Sabriel 4.5/5 stars, and placing the rest of the series on my to-read list.