Friday, 31 December 2010

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter Book Seven)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7)
Deathly Hallows (Not the new cover)
Title: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Author: J.K. Rowling
Series: Harry Potter
Preceeded By: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince


Score: 8/10
How likely I am to read the next in the Series: If only there was one...


Harry Potter. The most famous wizard of the last decade. To be honest, if you don't already know who he is, this review might not mean a lot to you. If you've just seen the films... READ! The books are infinitely better. Read those instead. If you've read the books, well you probably don't need to read this review.

Harry Potter has been reviewed, summarised, and talked about plenty of times, across various media. Everyone knows about it. But now, and this is the reason I was sent a copy of the book to review, IT HAS A NEW COVER.

 Before I discuss the value of re-reviewing a book with a new cover, let's discuss the cover itself. It's not bad. If I saw it on a shelf, the spine would make me look at it. The front cover... probably wouldn't make me buy it. It's not highly exciting, and the gravestone on the front only has half the name "Ignotus Peverell" on it. It's not a huge secret of the book, we know his name before we know he has any relevance. And it looks silly having the words "Ignotus P----" on the front cover. But I might consider the collection of new covers if they removed the only problem I had with the previous ones. The old covers each had different coloured spines. Unfortunately, so do these. In fact, I think these ones might look even more mismatched...

So, I don't like the cover. It's essentially an attempt to sell more books. And so is sending me a review copy. However, since there's no Harry Potter book review on my blog (where I post these reviews first) I'll give it a quick review.

As Books go, this is a good one. It has magic, romance(ish - it's not great), and a great story. As Harry Potter books go, it's not the best. There are far too many plot elements in it to be the best. However it does answer pretty much all the questions that the rest of the series brings up (I should say - this book does need the previous books for understanding. A lot.). The plotlines all begin to make sense (at the end anyway) and it has a nice epilogue. Many people don't like the epilogue, but I thought that it was a good way to end the series.

It's difficult to talk about the book, since revealing any part of it would be a large spoiler. It is continuous action, and all of it is central to the story. But there is one storyline, The titular plot strand of the Deathly Hallows, which seems out of place. There is already the complex one of the Horcruxes, and the Deathly Hallows storyline is also  complex and culminates in a rather disappointing conclusion. But in general, it was a good end to the series.

So, this isn't the greatest review, but I would say BUY THE BOOK - but the old cover, it's nicer. (If you want matching covers get the adult editions).

This is a great book, and a fantastic series. J.K.Rowling deserves the credit she receives for Harry Potter, and I think it's something everyone should at least try to read. Hence the rating I've given, despite it being difficult to review. But give it a read!

More Information

Main Protagonist(s): 2 Male, 1 Female
Main Antagonist(s): 1 Male - Nearly Human
Main Relationships: Heterosexual
Genre: Fantasy, Children's
Brief Synopsis (from amazon):

Harry has been burdened with a dark, dangerous and seemingly impossible task: that of locating and destroying Voldemort's remaining Horcruxes. Never has Harry felt so alone, or faced a future so full of shadows. But Harry must somehow find within himself the strength to complete the task he has been given. He must leave the warmth, safety and companionship of The Burrow and follow without fear or hesitation the inexorable path laid out for him.
In this final, seventh installment of the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling unveils in spectacular fashion the answers to the many questions that have been so eagerly awaited. The spellbinding, richly woven narrative, which plunges, twists and turns at a breathtaking pace, confirms the author as a mistress of storytelling, whose books will be read, reread and read again.

ISBN: 9780747591054
Amazon Link: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7)
Pages: 608
First Published: 2007 (New Edition 2010)
Publisher: Bloomsbury

Picture of the new cover (From Amazon):

 This is the last post of 2010, so Happy New Year! And good luck reading next year!

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