This seriously was and still is my favorite young adult fantasy trilogy! I have read it several times. I loved everything about this series, however, I wish each book was a trilogy that focused on the main character, like I would have loved more stories from Sabriel and Lirael. Companion novels are hit and miss, because you really get attached to characters and the next book is new characters!
So it should have been Sabriel 1-3 and then Lirael 1-3 (Abhorsen would have been part of the Lirael trilogy.) Heck Garth could have gave us a series based on each character. Let's say 7 books each? Is that good for everybody? Needless to say, I am a huge Garth Nix fan and love all the books I've read from him so far. It goes without saying that this trilogy gets a huge 5 star rating.
Sorry this isn't much of a review, more of a fangirl over a trilogy I like!
Other Garth Nix Books:
The 7th Tower Series (All 5/5 stars)
The Keys to the Kingdom Series (All 5/5 stars)
I might be biased as I love Garth Nix!
This had all the right elements. I mostly liked the main character, the story, the pacing, what I found of the worldbuilding ... should have been an unmitigated hit.
It it always started to get interesting then just missed. I have no idea if will be going on with these.
I think I missed something because it almost but never quite connected or became page-turning-ly interesting. There's still some bits and pieces that make me think the series could be an interesting one, including the Clarys that showed at end--partly to see if I'd see this one differently after reading more.
I triple checked this was one to read first of the multiple series/books.
I know that some of the puzzling worldbuilding was because of author's device of a geas near the charter stones prohibiting anyone from discussing the background of charter and free magic. I know I'm supposed to accept that the "rules," the good/evil or logic when set aside for M.C. were supposed to be accepted because she was the Abhorsen (rather than hypocritical or illogical withn the framework already established) -- but I struggled with it.
I still don't swallow how it was acceptable or evil when plot-convenient (never of course when the Abhorsen was doing it) to enslave Moggot(?) and others. From other discussions, I gather " free magic" like M.'s was supposed to be evil (except when used by Abhorsen)...?
No hurry to continue series if I do.