He's not used to being the hero, Julia is the adventurous and brave one, she's the leader, he's the one who follows and often has to come to his defense when her friends tease him. Very minimal damage to the cover including scuff marks, but no holes or tears. As the story develops, however, we learn how she became what she is, and it's a journey any of us could take - and looking at some of our leaders, many have. The main character wasn't even very lovable or even likable. Well, in the mind of Garth Nix there exists such a creature of pure evil. Paul and Julia are on holiday and are strolling along the Australian shore when Julia finds a rag doll. And as such, I didn't feel any of the same annoyance that I might have felt with someone in the middle or late teens or early adulthood with the same attitudes as these kids had.
There's tons of great images throughout, like a magical path that runs from the walker, 4 excellently done elemental gods, and the black-bandaged Oroch. So 3 stars for sentimental value. In comparison to Abhorsen, this novel, I felt, just couldn't stack up. It was good to see Paul's character development throughout the entire book, and it was good to see the moment when he realized himself that his goals had shifted a bit. There's tons of great images throughout, like a magical path that runs from the walker, 4 excellently done elemental gods, and the black-bandaged Oroch.
But already it's too late - the power behind the doll already has his sister in its thrall and, later that night, the Ragwitch claims Julia for its own. The spine may show signs of wear. Disclaimer:A copy that has been read, but remains in excellent condition. His Sabriel is a heroine truly worthy of that role. The majority of pages are undamaged with minimal creasing or tearing, minimal pencil underlining of text, no highlighting of text, no writing in margins.
The characters in this book are all rich and interesting and feel as though they come to life, as though you might know people like some of them, and you're glad that most of them exist within the story for our young heroes. Two children, Julia and Paul are drawn towards a strange mound on a beach. My daughter picked out Lirael for me when she was about 12, and I've been reading him ever since. And it was a well done story of that type! I picked it up at the library because I was looking for more Nix after finishing the Old Kingdom trilogy. It's pretty rare that a young adult novel can actually scare me, but the beginning of this book deals with possession and Nix really weaves a scary description of what's going on and how. After a period travelling in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Asia in 1993, he left publishing to work as a marketing communications consultant.
Standard deus ex machina happy ending? I fell in love with Garth Nix's writing during the course of reading The Abhorsen Chronicles and Sabriel in particular. An ancient spirit wreaks death and destruction on the world that sought to cripple her powers. I find this to be fresh and interesting, and to really put the danger that the characters are into stark relief. True, they're written for young adults, but I love that he can tell a complex story with excellent character development and excitement that's a good read for both kids and adults. He was a sales rep and publicist before becoming a Senior editor at. Can he save his sister - or even himself? A good read I like Garth Nix. It's hard to believe that they are by the same author, although as others have written, this is his first published work.
We should have been shown. To be told once was too much. These have appeared in related publications such as , and. He has to be the one to make the decisions and be adventurous and many times he asks himself what Julia would do if she were here instead of him. Standard deus ex machina happy ending? And no, this is not about Furbies. Quiet, easygoing Paul never expected to be cast in the role of savior.
Along the way he was also a part-time soldier in the Australian Army Reserve, serving in an Assault Pioneer platoon for four years. While not horrible, The Ragwitch was not great. Anyone who likes young adult fiction should enjoy this book, I think. But I didn't feel the love. Well, in the mind of Garth Nix there exists such a creature of pure evil. The difference here is that the story begins when the big bad evil swallows up one of our protagonists, Julia, leaving her to battle the Ragwitch from inside the creature's mind, and her brother Paul to battle her on the outside while navigating the complexities of being thrown into a fantasy world. I was expecting a bit more of a horror vibe based on the title and description, but it's really just a typical kids' portal fantasy.
And for those of you that had previously forgotten about those, you are welcome. This is a great concept that I wish more authors would steal. Author Biography Garth Nix was born in 1963 and grew up in Canberra, Australia. The Ragwitch is essentially a pretty classic fantasy quest, with horrible creatures, tasks that must be completed just because, and a big bad evil. Mediocre is the word I would use to describe it. There is violence and war scenes, but there are hardly any graphic details.