If you have ever been a 14 year old girl, you know how awesome it is to read books with strong female characters. If you have never been a 14 year old girl...just pretend. Besides I'm pretty sure 14 year old boys love kick-ass male characters so you know what it's like. And if you are a 14 year old boy and you love kick-ass female characters? You are going to go far in life, my friend.
Anyway, when I was in Junior High I was at a point in my life where I devoured books with independent, kick butt female characters (side note: I'm 30 and I STILL devour YA books with independent, kick butt female characters). She had to be strong, witty, smart, (and beautiful of course). I loved to get lost in a completely different world, leave my worries behind and pretend I was that girl in which there was always a romance and always some kind of epic battle.
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After reading this book, I knew some day I wanted to be a fantasy writer. It changed my life because of how vivid his storytelling and characters are. How it made me feel after reading it. How I kept thinking about it after putting it down. How I devoured any little anthology with stories taking place in that world after the trilogy had come out. I wanted to make readers feel the same way I felt after reading that book. I wanted my main characters to be like Sabriel.
Garth Nix was one of the first pioneers of strong YA female protagonists. I will be forever thankful to him for inspiring me to make up fantastical worlds with girls who kick some serious booty. The time of the Damsel in Distress is long gone. In her place is the girl who saves the Prince in Distress.