Today's Book Recommendation is Sabriel by Garth Nix.
The novel takes place in a country called Ancelstierre. Where Sabriel was sent to attend boarding school by her father The Abhorsen. Having spent most of her life in the shadow of a wall that separates Ancelstierre from the Old Kingdom Sabriel has little experience with what is known as Free Magic, nor does she have experience with the Dead who tend to not stay where they are supposed to. Everything changes during her final semester when her father mysteriously goes missing.
Concerned that something might have happened to him Sabriel takes it on herself to go and find him. Leaving her school she ventures across the wall into the Old Kingdom. Here she finds that she possesses strange powers. She meets a young Charter Mage who calls himself Touchstone, and Mogget a potentially powerful and malevolent spirit who hides beneath feline form. Together they will travel deep into the Old Kingdom in hopes that they can find the Abhorsen before it is too late.
This is the first installment to the Abhorsen Chronicles. It is at once Game of Thrones meets the Lord of the Rings. If you are a fan of either of those book series you will love this novel by Garth Nix. The second book in the series is one of my favorite books of all time. But, for it to make sense to you, you'll have to begin with Sabriel. She is an excellent heroine who faces every challenge that comes her way with bravery. I love the allusion to Shakespeare by using the name Touchstone for one of the main characters. Especially in a novel that boasts such a strong heroine.
A novel that I would definitely recommend for teens and young women alike. I will warn you that it can sometimes be hard to find the novels independently from each other but the first novel in the series is the easier to find. Hope you enjoy!