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The Seven Bells
Seven bells are used by necromancers to summon and control the Dead. While many such bell-wielders will be Free Magic sorcerers, the most highly-accomplished wielders of the seven bells come from the Abhorsen family. They are always Charter Mages, and they use the bells to defeat the Dead and compel them to return into Death and pass beyond the Ninth Gate, from which there is no return. The seven bells are kept on a leather bandolier, like an old brown belt, each in a leather pouch, starting with one the size of a small pill bottle and growing larger, till the seventh is almost the size of a jar. The Abhorsen's bells are usually silver, with dark, deeply-polished mahogany handles and Charter marks appearing on both wood and metal. Other necromancer's bells may be bronze or silver, with handles of a darker wood, usually ebony. They do not have Charter marks upon them and will have the characteristic hot-metal reek of Free Magic. The seven bells, in order of their size and power are listed in the slideshow above.

 

For more about the bells and their uses, why not pick up a copy of one of the books? Available from all the usual booksellers, online and in the physical world.

 

Sabriel US Lirael US abhorsen US   Sabriel UK Lirael UK Abhorsen UK
The original American book covers (above) feature illustrations by Leo and Diane Dillon. Published by HarperCollins.  
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