This book was recommended to me by a dear friend who thought I would like the purgatory aspect of it because of the content of one of my own novels. I don't read a lot of high fantasy but this book has really changed my outlook on that. What a fantastic and suspenseful story (not to mention frightening at time!) Sabriel is an absolutely amazing and strong character—everything I'd look for in a female protagonist. The storyline was so interesting and I was genuinely surprised which is different considering I can usually see plot lines coming from a mile away. My only disappointment was finding out that the sequels don't follow Sabriel's character and I would've loved to read more about her.