The first scene in which Sabriel impressed me was actually the first in the book, where she finds one of her classmate’s (Jacinth’s) pets, a rabbit, killed after being run over and eventually makes the decision to bring it back to life, despite the intense laws that forbid her from doing so. Sabriel’s decision in this scene shows that though she has a great amount of power and skill, as well as the knowledge of what she can and cannot do with those powers; however, we see in this moment that Sabriel’s emotions sometimes influence her before her common sense and logic have time to kick in, which is a constant struggle for her. This emotional instinct ends up saving her life multiple times and leading her through the story, as we can see when she mentions that “even before she looked, she felt the presence of death” (14). I feel that this really helped develop and emotional connection to Sabriel, even though she is a character that may be difficult to relate to in other situations, as she is a morose, serious, calculating necromancer, yet due to her internal emotion fueled dialogue, we can view her as human, and possibly even more of a relatable character. In this scene, Sabriel has to choose between breaking the rules and saving Jacinth’s beloved pet. As easy a decision as this may seem to be, most of Sabriel’s contact with her father Abhorsen has revolved around him warning her against frivolous usage of her magic, yet in a split second drop of willpower, she brings back a creature form the dead and she even says “A moment of weakness and she had broken the promise she had made to both herself and her father. It was only a rabbit, and Jacinth did love it so much-but what would that lead to? It was no great step from bringing back a rabbit to bringing back a person, and worse, it had been so easy.” (11) I believe that Sabriel made the right decision and in her shoes I would do the same. This scene sets the stage for battles that Sabriel will be waging throughout the rest of the novel.