This review is from: The Ragwitch (Paperback)
I have read and re-read this book many times over the past 10 years or more and did not suddenly get the urge to review it. However, my shock at seeing it sitting at 3.5 with some pretty scathing reviews gave me the impetus to level the playing field a little.
While I agree that the book is different from others Nix has written, I really love it. I think the characters are likeable - perhaps not as deep as those in other books, but as they are only 10 I'm not sure they need to be. The world is very creative and the idea that using Celtic names is 'so last year' is petty and stupid. I have always found dolls incredibly creepy so the villain is suitably chilling to me and her minions are pretty scary and imaginative, though again perhaps not as detailed as characters in later books. I dont think for the majority of people, having a minor villain that makes a noise similar to a weird, unknown tv character would ruin any book. I love the general storyline and the plot moves along at a good speed, keeping you enthralled. I always manage to read the book in a couple of days because even when I know what is going to happen it is such a page-turner. The book does remind me enormously of Lloyd Alexander, whom I know to be a favourite of Nix, no doubt leading to some of the Celtic imagery and names. I absolutely love Alexander, though, so was more than happy to be reminded of him....