In a dark world where magic and technology live unhappily side by side, Sabriel is called to take her father's place and lay the dead to rest. The Old Kingdom has been without a ruler for almost 200 years, the royal family murdered in a dark ritual to open the way back for the dead. Now Sabriel must travel from the safety of modern Ancelstierre, across the Wall, and through the dangerous land that the Old Kingdom has become in order to fight for those who still live there. It's an incredible imagining of necromancy and the undead, with a world half Dark Ages and half World War II. There are plenty heart-in-your-throat moments, and a heroine to cheer for. Unlike many lay the undead to rest' heroines, there is never a moral ambiguity with this young woman. She's one of the good guys, plain and simple.
Having lived safely outside the walls of the Old Kingdom her entire life, Sabriel must now enter into the world of the Dead and the land of Free Magic in order to save her missing father from a horrible fate. Reprint.