Monday, 14 January 2013
Memory Lane Monday 
Memory Lane Monday was a feature I had on my blog originally that I've decided to bring back. It showcases those books from my childhood and younger years that I have fond memories of.
First up in 2013 is Sabriel by Garth Nix
For many years Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, away from the random power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who won't stay dead. But now her father, the Charter-Mage Abhorsen, is missing, and to find him Sabriel must cross back into that world.
Though her journey begins alone, she soon finds companions: Mogget, whose seemingly harmless feline form hides a powerful—and perhaps malevolent—spirit, and Touchstone, a Charter-Mage long imprisoned by magic, now free in body but still trapped by painful memories.
With threats on all sides and only each other to trust, the three of them must travel deep into the Old Kingdom, toward a battle that will pit them against the true forces of life and death—and bring Sabriel face-to-face with her own hidden destiny.
I first read Sabriel when I was about 12-14 and I was enraptured by the fantasy setting, brave Sabriel and most of all, Mogget. Sabriel overcomes her fears and doubts to fulfill the important quest of finding her missing father. Sabriel isn't one of these hardcore, totally badass heroines, she is scared and she does question her abilities and she does comment that she'd rather be back on the other side of the wall, safe. But she takes everything that happens in her stride and acts bravely. Mogget is the original talking animal sidekick; sarcastic and enigmatic he is one of my favourite characters ever. I am actually reading this right now after seeing it in the library and being struck by a fit of nostalgia!
What books from your younger years do you have fond memories of?