There can be something a little frightening about revisiting a childhood favorite. Sometimes you’re rewarded with warm memories and a deeper enjoyment that can come with more years behind you. Sometimes you stumble across classic episodes of ThunderCats late at night on the Cartoon Network and find yourself questioning your childhood.
I don’t remember exactly how old I was, but I do remember exactly when I discovered Sabriel. My family frequented different libraries all around town, and sometimes picked one to visit based on how long since we’d been there. The closest one to my house at the time (so I can venture a guess that I was in 9th grade? Maybe I was 13?) was very small. I can say with confidence that my sci-fi and fantasy book collection now outnumbers theirs, at least at the time. That’s not so much a boast about the size of my collection as sympathy over their limited shelf space.
In any case, I was browsing through the young adult section and finally found something new. Although I was pleased to discover some years later that the book and its sequels eventually enjoyed a certain amount of fame, this was shortly after it was first available in the US. I don’t know how it found its way to such a tiny library in such an unlikely town, but based on my memories of that library, I’d say one or more of the librarians had fabulous taste.
Once I got the book home, I devoured it. I was in love, and bought a copy for myself. That same copy sits on my shelf today. I’ve recommended it to friends, and the one who actually read it ended up buying her own copy. That was years ago, though.
When I spotted the book in my library’s kindle selection, I immediately checked it out.
So, how’d it hold up after all these years?
Read the rest of the review at The Everyday Alchemy Lab.
Oh, and the absolutely perfect fan art is by Rinian, found on Deviant Art.