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Absolutely Thrilling (but parents be warned)
Reviewed in the United States on April 2, 2018
Thrilling from start to finish. Couldn't put it down. Best of the 3 books in the series so far, in my opinion. This book carries the story much farther than the previous 2 books.
If reading to your children, or buying for children to read to themselves, be warned that there are more mature themes in this book than the previous ones. Emotional, mental and physical suffering is painted even more starkly throughout. Child sacrifice, while perhaps alluded to in previous books, is explicitly discussed, as are sadistic homicidal psychopaths whose greatest ambition in life is to create the most pain as possible for others. These are not altogether different than say, Fenrir Greyback (sp?), the evil werewolf in the Harry Potter stories. I don't consider these themes as strikea against the book, since evil is portrayed as truly evil and good as truly virtuous. However, I'm not willing to just let my 8-year read this on his own. I'll want to read it with him so we can discuss them.