Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6)
My rating: 4 out of 5.
After a two year wait, Ms. Rowling has finally released her latest book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6).1 It’s a bit shorter than her previous book but it’s quality not quantity we’re after and the Half-Blood Prince delivers.
Rather than continuing with Harry being an angsty, little brat; Ms. Rowling gives him a bit of a fresh start. As usual, the story starts off at the Dursleys but these child abusers are quickly left behind as Harry heads off to Hogwarts. On the train, Harry meets the new professor joining Hogwarts and begins his various misadventures. As you’ve probably heard already, another charater dies in this book2 and it wasn’t who I was expecting it to be. Though if you’re paying attenion as you read the book; there is enough foreshadowing for one to figure it out. Additionally, the identity of the half-blood prince is pretty obvious; if you think about it using the clues Ms. Rowling gives during the course of the book.3
Though I’m not convinced Ms. Rowling will be able to redeem the series after the wretchedness of the previous book; Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6) is definitely a step in the right direction.
1 Technically, she released it a week ago but I only just got around to reading it.
2 Actually, many characters get snuffed out in this book but most of them are just names in the Daily Prophet. The character I’m referring to is somebody who’s been in all the previous books.
3 As usual, I got caught up in the story so both the identity of the half-blood prince and the death caught me off guard.