Finished February 20
Sabriel by Garth Nix, read by Tim Curry
This is the first book in a series, and quite gripping.
Sabriel is in her final year of boarding school at a school just outside the walls of the Old Kingdom. Her mother died when she was very young and her father, Abhorsen, visits her in person twice a year and also comes to her in other ways much more often, training her in the knowledge of the Old Kingdom.
When she receives a message from him through Death, she can tell that he is in great danger perhaps even in Death himself, and she must seek him to find out how to save him.
She prepares for the journey back into the Old Kingdom, heading for her father's home. The journey is much more difficult than she expects, and she finds that the Old Kingdom is fraught with danger. As she travels to her father's house, and beyond, she finds allies in a Free Magic creature in the guise of a white cat, Mogget, and a young Charter Mage she rescues from imprisonment, Touchstone. As she learns more about the Old Kingdom, her enemies and the nature of her quest, she also finds her own destiny, one larger than she dreamed.
A good character, Sabriel is just coming of age, and circumstances thrust her into her new role much earlier than she feels prepared for. As she learns to navigate this world, and gains knowledge and skill, she must also take on a most powerful opponent.