The Black Prism – Review

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The Black Prism by Brent Weeks

Published in 2010

Pages: 626

Genre: Fantasy

“Kip crawled toward the battlefield in the darkness, the mist pressing down, blotting out sound, scattering starlight.”

The Black Prism is the first book in Nick Weeks’s Lightbringer series and packs quite a lot into its 626 pages. The story takes place in a world where some people are born with the ability to use colors of light to create magic. These people are known as drafters; the most powerful of whom is called The Prism. He is the spiritual leader of the seven satrapies, one for each color of the spectrum, and when it is discovered that the current Prism fathered a bastard son, the world of many characters gets thrown on its head.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Review

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

Published in 2007

Pages: 759

Genre: Fantasy, magical realism

“The two men appeared out of nowhere, a few yards apart in the narrow, moonlit lane.”

*SPOILER ALERT*

Dumbledore is dead and has set Harry on a quest to destroy the seven Horcruxes, items imbued with parts of Voldemort’s soul, in order to defeat the Dark Lord and bring order to the world. He is not alone in his quest, Hermione and Ron are with him through the tough times though each has their misgivings in the pursuit of their goal. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows marks the ending of an era in the world of storytelling. The stakes are at their highest while nothing is certain but death and the end of the story for our heroes.

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – Review

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

Published in 2005

Pages: 652

Genre: Fantasy, magical realism

“It was nearing midnight and the Prime Minister was sitting alone in his office, reading a long memo that was slipping through his brain without leaving the slightest trace of meaning behind.”

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince continues building toward the eventual climactic confrontation between Harry and Voldemort. After the battle in the Department of Mysteries in The Order of the Phoenix, Dumbledore reveals that the prophecy foretold that the only person who can defeat Voldemort is Harry. His sixth year at Hogwarts finds numerous changes in the form of Professor Snape now teaching Defense Against the Dark Arts, Harry finding a potions book with notes in it written by the unknown “Half-Blood Prince” that helps him present himself as a potions prodigy, and the responsibility of being Quidditch Captain…

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – Review

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

Published in 2003

Pages: 870

Genre: Fantasy, magical realism

“The hottest day of the summer so far was drawing to a close and a drowsy silence lay over the large, square houses of Privet Drive.”

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix brings new levels of danger and realization to Harry’s world. Before even beginning his fifth year at Hogwarts, Harry is attacked by dementors and is sentenced to a disciplinary hearing due to his use of magic to repel them and save his cousin. Following this is a year fraught with change in the form of a terrible new teacher, Professor Umbridge (according to dictionary.com, the word umbrage means hostility, offense, and annoyance so nice word choice there, Rowling), mounds of homework in preparation of the O.W.L. exams that will determine their career paths, and haunting dreams…

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – Review

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

Published in 2000

Pages: 734

Genre: Fantasy, magical realism

“The villagers of Little Hangleton still called it “the Riddle house,” even though it had been many years since the Riddle family had lived there.”

In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, our eponymous hero finds himself in yet another harrowing year at Hogwarts. This year, Hogwarts plays host to the Triwizard Tournament which is a competition between the three wizarding schools: Hogwarts, Durmstrang, and Beauxbatons. Due to the danger of the tasks, only seventh year students are allowed to enter their names. However, true to Harry Potter’s track record of luck, his name is chosen and he finds himself the fourth champion.

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – Review

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

Published in 1999

Pages: 435

Genre: Fantasy, magical realism

“Harry Potter was a highly unusual boy in many ways.”

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban takes everything that was good from the first two books and pours it all into one fantastic read. There are fabulous creatures, a malevolent force seeking to do Harry harm, Quidditch matches, Ron hurting Hermione’s feelings, it’s all there and in full force.

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – Review

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

Published in 1998

Pages: 341

Genre: Fantasy, magical realism

“Not for the first time, an argument had broken out over breakfast at number four Privet Drive.”

While Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is a good follow-up to the first Harry Potter book, it fails to pack the same intensity as its predecessor. There isn’t much that is earth shattering as far as the plot goes and it often falls victim to familiar tropes from the first novel; however, there is some further character development and we are able to delve deeper into the connection between Harry and Voldemort.

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