• Book: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Author: J.K. Rowling
  • Genre: Fiction (Modern Literature)
  • Year of Release: 1999
  • Read 317-page hardcover edition in May 2013.

Book Description: Harry Potter is just entering his teenage years, and with that reality comes some angst, as he waits at the Dursley’s for summer to end, so that he can return to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.  However, after running afoul of some underage wizarding rules, he finds himself with his wizard  friends sooner then he thinks.  And he quickly learns that this coming year at school will be full of adventure and mystery, not only as he starts to learn more about his family history, but also because of the increased security surrounding the escape of mass murderer Sirius Black from Azkaban prison.

Book Review: This novel was, in two words, absolutely fantastic.  Rowling has truly hit her stride with this third novel in the Harry Potter series.  She has decided to take things to the next level by starting to develop characters in more detail and share history and culture of the wizard world in much greater depth.  The result is a fabulous tale, with characters that showcase true complexity and multi-faceted natures.  We also see Rowling do an incredible job of mixing complex character thought and emotion with a fast-acting and twisting plot that has several great surprises throughout.  Rowling shows that there is still much to learn in the world of Hogwarts, and the entire novel makes the reader yearn for more, which is an excellent measure of a strong series.

Overall: 5 stars out of 5