Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone by J K Rowling

Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone is the first in a magical adventure series and one of the best selling books of all time. Originally published in 1997, this award-winning book set the stage for an epic series that would go on to define the childhoods of milennials the world over.

The audio book is wonderfully read by Stephen Fry whose impression of Hagrid I especially enjoyed. He truly embodied the characters and gave the reading lively narration. 

J K Rowling creates a colourful and vibrant world that is deeply enchanting to young readers. I can certainly see my younger self absolutely adoring this book and looking back on my days reading it with fond nostalgia, had I read it as a youngster, which I unfortunately didn’t. 

On the off chance that you haven’t read this book, Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone is about the young eponymous wizard who has just turned eleven years old and is invited to attend Hogwarts; a school of witchcraft and wizardry, a school of enthralling enchantments, a school where magic is taught to children whose teachers actually believe that they will obey the instruction not to practise it outside of Hogwarts, a school where Neville Longbottom can sustain as much bodily harm as misfortune affords him, without the school having to worry about his parents pressing charges.

Harry Potter is a lovable and relatable protagonist. One can’t help but to cheer him on and hope for his betterment. His awful adoptive family treat him appallingly, begrudgingly taking him in after his parents were mercilessly murdered by the evil wizard, Volde….I mean, you   know   who

I really enjoyed this audio book and Stephen Fry’s vivacious reading enhanced the experience. Despite the protestations of my younger self wanting to award this book 5 stars, I rate Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone.. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  

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New Book Review: The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski

The last wish by Andrej SapkowskiThe Last Wish is the first instalment in a series of books that was originally published in 1993 by the Polish fantasy writer Andrzej Sapkowski. The series has been received with much adulation, going on to be adapted into the widely successful video game ‘The Witcher’ in 2008 and is set to become a Netflix series in 2019.

The story is set in a magical medieval world and follows the protagonist, Geralt of Rivia who slays the mythical creatures and fearsome monsters that plague the lives of superstitious villagers and famed noblemen. Geralt is not quite human though; he is a Witcher and this makes him a skilled assassin and wielder of spells, which he uses to defend the innocent against such creatures as strigas, kikimoras and djinns after which he claims the payment of each monstrous bounty.

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New Book Review: LOTR – The Fellowship Of The Ring by J R R Tolkein

download (14)The first volume in the Lord Of The Rings trilogy: The Fellowship Of The Ring is the epic adventure fantasy novel by J R R Tolkein. Published in 1954 by George Allen and Unwin, it follows the story of Frodo Baggins from the Shire who is bequeathed a magical ring with dark powers. For the first time since the so-called Elder days, Hobbits, Dwarves, Elves and Men must work together to overcome the ominous threat of a terrifying enemy.

Tolkein creates a deeply vast world of riveting histories, romantic folklore and ancient legends, riddled with beauty and magic that uproots you from daily banality and firmly tethers you to a world of fantastical lore and mysticism. The details concerning the histories of this fantasy world from language to attire is incredibly thorough documenting ancient legends and wars of years past. Given its context, I can forgive the many clichés surrounding prophecies and quests and villains that are evil for no good reason because this piece of fiction is undeniably a pioneering contribution in the world of fantasy literature.

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