Garth Nix, The Ragwitch

The Ragwitch is one of Garth Nix’s earlier books, and there are glimmers of his wonderful storytelling and brilliant imagination here, but the novel as a whole feels unfinished. Paul and Julia, who are sucked into another world by Julia’s falling under the spell of a monstrously evil rag doll, are not particularly three-dimensional characters and neither are any of the individuals they meet, so this is a pretty standard quest story with some very nice imaginative bits. Maybe this works better for younger readers.

(Read from March 14-15, 2010)

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