6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Quite dark, but still a cracking yarn,
This review is from: Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince: Children's Edition (Harry Potter 6) (Hardcover)
It took me a while to finally pick this up and read it, but finished it in a weekend. Whatever you think of Harry Potter, Hogwarts or JK Rowling; any book that can be read enjoyably in such a short space of time must be doing something right.
What I liked is that Harry and his friends have grown up with his readers and he is now going through the same growing pains as them. I also liked how the book became much darker than the others and was less high jinks and more hard decisions - for all the characters.
My only criticism of this book is that it felt like a prologue for the next. There was no huge 'set piece' that the others had and, character wise, it felt a bit barren with the lack of some of my favorite characters from the series.
This, however, does not detract from the excellent story telling (evident in all the Harry Potters) and one can finish this book in a weekend without ever being bored. After reading this you really want to know what happens next and want to have some loose ends tied up. I do hope that the next (the 7th, I believe) is not the last and that JK Rowling uses her talents as a novelist to either continue Harry Potter's adventures or flesh out Hogwarts history.