If you follow my blog, you'll know that the twins and I are all avid Harry Potter fans. When I discovered the fan-fiction spin off series last year, I was skeptical and excited all at the same time. I set out to read the first book, James Potter and the Hall of Elder's Crossing, not really knowing what to expect and hoping I wouldn't be disappointed; I wasn't. You can actually read my thoughts on the third book, James Potter and the Vault of Destinies, here.
It shouldn't come as a surprise then that my second read of the 2014 #50BookPledge is the fourth book in the spin-off series; James Potter and the Morrigan Web. In the fourth installment of the series, James is a little bit older and just as determined to save the Wizarding world. I wasn't sure where Mr. Lippert would pick up after book 3 and was pleased to see he picked up right where he left off. It had been some time since I read James Potter and the Vault of Destinies so it was nice to slide right back into the story and remember what had happened in the past books.
James and his family; and his closest friend Ralph, return to Hogwarts with a mixture of excitement and trepidation. The previous year had been a challenge and they weren't quite sure what to expect upon their return. Like Rowling, Lippert continues a series of themes throughout the series; building on the story. With each page turned, I was sucked deeper into that story. I wanted to keep reading. I needed to know how it was all going to play out as James and his friends tried to cope with the new world after the night of the Unveiling.
Serious and suspenseful with the right amount of that British humor we came to love in the Harry Potter books, Lippert does a wonderful job at keeping the reader engrossed. I especially loved reading about some of my favourite Harry Potter characters who had more detailed roles in this book.
There is a message at the end of this book where the author talks about the series and whether it will continue. I sincerely hope it does as I feel like the story hasn't been completed yet. There are more loose ends that need to be wrapped up and more stories to share.
In the meanwhile, I would strongly recommend the James Potter series to anyone who loved the Harry Potter books.