I first read these books a few years ago, and I reread them a few months ago. I was struck by how… mature they are, for supposed childrens books.
The basic reasons are:
- The characters are well developed. They are not one-dimensional, and they are still believable.
- The struggle is not one between good and bad, it is between Good and Evil.
- Yet none of the characters are entirely good. The book manages to “create the idea of white when the characters are only different shades of grey”.
- The books effectively portray magic.
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