This is where everything changes: from the last chapters of this volume onwards, Harry Potter gets dark and stops being a series of childrens‘ books. This is the last book where the wizarding world is most of all a place of wonder and fascination and not a world threatened by darkness. And this is the book where Harry himself stops being a child.
What’s even greater than the stories and the hilarious shenanigans of the Gentleman Bastards are the characters, the plot twists and the dialogues.
Daniel Kehlmann hat einen Roman geschrieben, der in jeder Hinsicht groß ist. Große Themen, große Persönlichkeiten und nicht zuletzt ganz große Geschichten. Das alles wird derart hingebungsvoll und bewegend erzählt, wie es kaum ein anderer kann.
I’ll always be thankful for being a 90’s kid, because this made me part of this blessed generation that could grow up with these books. Reading these now as a child of that age must be great, but reading them as a child of that age, Harry’s age, as they were published, was just the best reading experience I’ve ever had and without a doubt will ever have.
The second book in Patrick Rothfuss‘ very much unfinished Kingkiller Series spends a lot of time meandering around in a lot of sideplots, but it’s still beautifully told. However, it’s not as brilliant as its prequel.
Die Tatsache, dass dieses Buch offenbar für den Deutschen Phantastik-Preis nominiert wurde, macht mich fassungslos. Offenbar geht es der deutschen Fantasy schlechter als dem HSV.
This is perhaps the most unique fantasy book written in the last fifty years, both intelligent and fascinating. You need a lot of patience for this one – I don’t think I’ve ever needed this much time for a book I really liked, but it’s totally worth it. The writing is superb, the characters are strong and entertaining, and the world-building is in a league of its own.
Kate Callaghan’s ‚Crowned A Traitor‘ is literally a hell of a book: its main protagonist Klara is none other than Lucifer’s daughter who is destined to be his heir as ruler of Hell. There are just two problems. Klara really, really doesn’t want to rule Hell. And while this book starts off really strong, the ending is completely unsatisfying because it’s so exaggeratedly surprising. The big revelations appear so much out of nowhere that it feels like cheating – therefore, only three stars.
M.J. Edwards has written a truly grand love story that surpasses any romance ever written. It’s perfect in capturing the complexity of human emotions and passion within unlikely relationships, and it has a lovely, strong message: love conquers all.
Andreas Scheepker hat sicherlich unerschöpfliches Wissen über Ostfriesland während der Reformation vorzuweisen – ein literarisches Meisterwerk ist „Das Salz der Friesen“ aber deswegen leider noch lange nicht. Zwei Sterne.