ISBN: 0747581088SPOILERS for book 5, NOT for this book.
Book six in the series and I really should have reread number 5 before this one but I didn’t. Ah well, I’d say I have plenty of time to read the entire series again before the final book in the series is written and published.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince starts off in the muggle world, with the Prime Minister getting a visit from the wizard world, maybe Tony Blair will get a chance to have a little cameo in the film version, if he stays in power long enough. This allows for a brief recap of the events so far, just to refresh your memory. It also allows the reader to realise that Voldemort and the Death Eaters are having an impact on the ordinary world.
I read it one day, and when it finished I was felt a little disappointed by it, I’m not quite sure. I’ve never thought the writing in any of the books exceptional, but normally the plot is more than entertaining and sweeps you along until the book finishes and you are forced to wait around for the next instalment. In this case however I felt that everything was a little predictable.
As for who dies, well I’m not going to spoil it, but I will say that I don’t think Rowling does a good job of writing death scenes. Sirius was one of my favourite characters, but his death in the last book didn’t really have an impact on me. It is almost skimmed over, and there is a similar feeling here.
Overall the book is readable and entertaining, there are some great touches here and there, but all things considered this is just an okay read.