Garth Nix's powerful first fantasy for younger readers, The Ragwitch is a chilling tale of witchcraft, with its starting point in Australia.
A classic fantasy that moves between the real world of Australia and a magical world dominated by the sinister and destructive Ragwitch.
Quiet, easygoing Paul never expected to be cast in the role of saviour, but his strong-willed sister, Julia, needs his help when she falls prey to the Ragwitch and is trapped inside the creature's tortured mind. Drawn inexorably into this dangerous otherworld, Paul battles for Julia's very existence - and his own.
Garth Nix has worked as a literary agent, marketing consultant, book editor, book publicist, book sales representative, bookseller, and as a part-time soldier in the Australian Army Reserve. Garth' s books include the award-winning fantasy novels Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen; and the cult favourite YA SF novel Shad' s Children. His fantasy novels for children include The Ragwitch, the six books of The Seventh Tower sequence, and The Keys to the Kingdom series.
More than five million copies of his books have been sold around the world; his books have appeared on the bestseller lists of The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, The Guardian and The Australian; and his work has been translated into 37 languages. He lives in a Sydney beach suburb with his wife and two children.
'Have you ever read a book that you never wanted to end?...The Ragwitchis such a book...I ran the whole gamut of emotions: I laughed, I cried and I shuddered in horror. Sometimes it is just wonderful to escape from the real world. The only hard part is coming back.' Police Journal, June 2006'A mysterious and surprising novel, The Ragwitchis suitable for ages 12 and up.' Cairns Post, 12 September 2006