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I highly suggest checking this one out! Mar 03, For. A slow burn forbidden romance with Elves? That was my jam. Jul 08, Garth Mailman rated it liked it. Limited number of themes available when it comes to romance.
This storyline seems to be a riff on Romeo and Juliet however here the female is in the power position. Elves and humans are mortal enemies in this fantasy series. Vanick is trapped and wounded but rather than leave him to die or finish him off Ellina nurses him back to health even though the act puts her life at risk with her own people. Alas this book is only the first of planned trilogy the second volume yet to be published. The boo Limited number of themes available when it comes to romance. The book has a cliffhanger ending that gave us a snapper ending that left everything up in the air.
Oct 06, Maria Mason rated it it was amazing. I absolutely love this book!! It has a very unique type of composition and design to the world and story. Can't wait for the next one to come out! Sep 28, John Mason rated it it was amazing. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Best book I read this year. It draws you in and I couldn't put it down. There lots of twists and I can't wait for the sequel to come out. Jan 12, Vikash Kathirvel rated it it was amazing Shelves: fantasy-romance , badass-female. This was a really good book. Highly engaging, but not skimping on character development either.
The female protagonist Ellina is a very well written character, she is a badass, and we know she is without the prose having to mention it a thousand times like in some other books I have read. The male protagonist Venick is not as well written, but he is quite interesting in his own right. Most first books in a fantasy series, take some time to build the world, the magic system and flesh out character This was a really good book. Most first books in a fantasy series, take some time to build the world, the magic system and flesh out characters, politics, which makes them kind of drag, but not this book.
Even though there were not many fight sequences, the story was engaging enough to keep me hooked. But after finishing the book I did come to the realization that the magic system or the political system is not developed enough, but it's fine. Not every book needs to have an incredibly complex magic system or a huge political system full of intrigue. Now let's come to the main strength of this wonderful book, it makes you feel. Most romances in fantasy go in two ways, either they are drama filled angsty affairs or simply a filler afterthought where one character simply acts as a romantic placeholder for the main character's affection.
For the first time in a long time, I actually care about the romantic arc in a fantasy novel. It is very relevant to the plot and there is no unnecessary drama or angst, and the book manages to make you care about what the characters are feeling in a very subtle way instead of just filling up pages. Definitely looking forward to the second book. Mar 04, Nina DuBois rated it it was amazing Shelves: fantasy , giveaways , slow-burn , all-time-favorite , underrated , must-read , strong-heroine , favorites , elves.
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Elvish has to be one of the most amazing books I have ever read. I was so consumed in this world, the characters, and the mysterious plot. I was so lost in this story. My nerves were completely shot and I swear I was going to have a heart attack. What I loved about Elvish is the world. Humans and elves are separated and rarely mingle together and definitely don't interfere in each other's affairs. So When Venick is caught on Elves land Elvish has to be one of the most amazing books I have ever read.
So When Venick is caught on Elves land and is nearly killed as it is punished with death, he is spared by Ellina, an intriguing Elf with lots of secrets and a poker face that is hard for most to read. First, let me start by saying that the relationship between Venick and Ellina was so perfectly done with an aching amount of angst and apprehension that had me eating up the pages.
The distrust they have as they travel together slowly turns into something else neither of them quite understand. But one thing they know for sure is that their connection will be looked at with hard prejudice and can get both of them killed. The way Ellina changes her way of thinking after being around Venick and his mixed emotions had me dying for more.
The slow burn drove me crazy and had me addicted. I just love Venick and Ellina so much I could have cried. Secondly, the story was amazing. I had no idea what I was getting myself into, but the story turned out to be more intricate and carefully crafted than I was expecting. The world and laws the Elves live by was very detailed and so essential to the story. I loved everything about their world and how the laws affected both the Northern Elves and the Southern Elves.
There is also a bit of a mystery going on as Ellina and the troop she travels with were sent to investigate forced suicides. It is through this initial investigation do mysteries keep popping up on their travels. I was curious to see how it all came together and I could have died from excitement. I did not quite see that ending coming. The writing is so well done and S. Prince is quickly becoming a favorite author of mine just from this book alone. I loved the action, the world, the romance, and the suspense. There was always a sense of danger lurking around the corner and it all comes together beautifully in the end.
I seriously can't wait for the next book to come out. I received a copy of this book as part of a goodreads giveaway. Oh my, what a gripping tale as in me, through a sleepless night, literally gripping my Kindle so damn hard I was close to breaking it or one of my fingers! Boy, I did not expect this story to do this to me! I found Elvish for 99 cents on Kindle, and I scooped it up immediately after reading the very first page of the preview. I will gladly be ordering a hardcopy for my bookshelf soon. The writing is incomplex and easy-to-digest, which makes for Oh my, what a gripping tale as in me, through a sleepless night, literally gripping my Kindle so damn hard I was close to breaking it or one of my fingers!
The writing is incomplex and easy-to-digest, which makes for a fast read. I found myself flying through this book, fully consumed by its contents. I also always love when a story has alternating points-of-view between the main characters. As someone who has a very loud and active inner-voice myself, I find him quite relatable.
He drew me in right away with his awkward and funny, yet often self-conflicting musings. I was giddy, like a little girl with butterflies in her tummy, watching Venick and Ellina fumble over their conflicting emotions early on. I enjoyed the banter and inner turmoil. It seemed quite predictable at first as they both began to show their rapidly-developing intrigue over one another. Ah, but of course, there are plot twists and complexities to rouse you out of your love-struck stupor.
It keeps you on your toes, and has you retracing your steps, questioning everything you thought you knew. Ooh, this story played my heart like a fiddle or maybe more like a yo-yo, yanking it this way and that. Dec 20, Lee Zagrzebski rated it really liked it. Elvish was a fresh take on elves. The writing was poetic and repetitive, which I enjoy but other may not.
That said, the book suffered some pacing issues; there just wasn't enough story. A good analogy would be going out to a gourmet restaurant where you receive absolutely beautiful and delicious dishes, but each plate has very little food on it. You might enjoy every single bite but feel unsatisfied and far from full.
That is how I would describe Elvish. But, when used to the exclusion of all other curses it was abrasive, outright jarring and to be honest it was early on in the book that I physically cringed every single time I read it. By the end of the book it elicited an eyeroll. Being a debut novel I would have given it a 5 Stars if not for "Reeking Gods". It cost the book a star from me. Jan 09, Rose rated it it was amazing. Ultimate Fantasy Took me two days to read this. Very well written and an amazing story line.
Prince is defiantly in my top ten of favorite authors now. Cannot wait for the second book! Apr 28, Justin rated it it was amazing Shelves: read-in , romance , audiobook , to-be-continued , fantasy , trilogy , kindle-unlimited. She reminded him what it felt like to fight for someone and to be fought for.
What it was to live. It is I believe a self published book that you can find on Kindle Unlimited, and I will be the first to tell that I was happy that I did. At its core, 'Elvish' is a fantasy novel with heavy romance themes and political intrigue that is played throughout the book "Ellina reminded Venick that the world was not divided into citizens and outlaws. At its core, 'Elvish' is a fantasy novel with heavy romance themes and political intrigue that is played throughout the book.
The book's plot surrounds two main characters, Venick and Ellina. Venick is a Human in his mid 20's and has a deep and disturbing past, one that is slowly revealed throughout the journey. Ellina on the other hand is an Elvish soldier that defied her commanding officer's orders and saves Venick's life when he found himself helpless and trapped in the middle of a forest.
Together they set themselves up for an adventure that will carry them across the Elvin homelands. Before getting into the my observations I will say that this has been one of better books I have read on Kindle Unlimited in a long while, and serves as a constant reminder why I typically wait for a series to be completed before reading the first book Because now I'm upset that I have to wait. First, I thought the world building was good. There could have been a little more detail about the land outside of the Elvin lands and the bordering cities but that is not at all necessary.
The idea of the Elvin language and the magic surrounding it I thought was fantastic. I thought it was very unique and I believe the way she wrote her characters and the society in general around that rule was fantastic. In the book it is impossible for anyone to lie in Elvish. This creates a sort of two pronged society where Elves also learn how to speak the human language and do so casually as a sign of respect and trust. This is shown later in the book because if you demand an answer in Elvish it is seen as an insult for obvious reasons.
Other Magics do play a role in the book but not as strongly as you may suspect, all the conflicts are more than likely settled by sword than any magic misplay. Character driven books are the ones that typically get me reading at break necks speeds and I thoroughly enjoyed reading about our pair here. Venick is strong but stubborn, sometimes acts without thinking, but can also be passionate and logical when he needs to be.
His biggest flaw is always second guessing actions and meanings, over analyzing conversations and actions over and over again until it fits what he perceives the situation to be rather than the truth. This felt so real to me, maybe because it is something I've done in the past, but it made me sink into his character even more towards the end.
Ellina is willful and determined, like Venick she is also strong and for the most part can see clearly in the situation she is presented in. For her it seems like she holds onto regrets a lot throughout the book. Her regret for not saying this, or regret for not doing that.
I think it is another trait that people can latch onto as real. To me these things make the character all the more believable because of them. In a blend of creepy and sweet, the author manages to appeal to a whole spectrum of ages. Along the way, Nobody learns to use magic, the history of the ghosts, and the truth about his parents killer. More importantly, though, he struggles to gain the skill to return to the world of the living. Gaiman's book draws parallels with the same challenges children face today, raising questions about traditional upbringings and if you can truly be prepared for adulthood.
Entwined in that is a brilliant exploration of death and living in spite of loss. It's impossible to even gauge the impact Tolkien had on the genre when he created The Hobbit. It's the grandfather of coming of age fantasy, inspiring generations of authors to create. It was written as a simple story for his children, but its brilliance gave it international acclaim. Now, Bilbo is not the age you'd expect for such a story.
At the start of the novel, he's 50 years old. Not ancient by hobbit standards, but not young either. Still, it's hard to deny that the book fits into this list. It's a story of dragons, magic, and great evil. It details elves, trolls, orcs, and more. But the underlying theme is Bilbo's growth into his true self. At the start of The Hobbit, he's shy, complacent, happy to live a simple life. By the time the journey ends, he is an adventurer, a legend, and much more confident. The events in the novel serve primarily as a catalyst for Bilbo's change, forcing him to rely on his own strengths.
It's this aspect that makes the tale so relatable, reaching across age brackets to bring joy to both adults and children. Tolkien's unmatched world-building, lyrical prose, and standout characters only enhance this, creating a must-read for any fantasy fan. It's an incredible accomplishment for Polish video game studio CDProjekt, but much of that success comes from the work of one man, Andrzej Sapkowski. Though his stories are popular domestically, Sapkowski didn't hit it quite as big outside of eastern Europe.
Thankfully, that's not due to any lack of quality. More than anything, The Witcher series promises a unique experience. There's nothing that quite matches the brooding, creature-infested world and its incredible depth. The story follows Geralt, a mutated monster-hunter or 'Witcher', and his protege, Ciri.
It's in her that we see the main transformation. Born with elven blood, she will soon come into incredible power. Eager to protect her, Geralt and the other Witchers teach her to slay monsters, use a sword, and figure out her magical abilities. Throughout, Sapkowski manages to expertly juggle emotional scenes, action sequences, and politics to create a series that is an easy equal to its sister games. The Wheel of Time sits next to Tolkien's series as some of the most distinguished fantasy series of all time. That's not an accident, it's an incredible epic that starts with a strong but familiar coming of age story.
Rand starts in a small farming community and makes his way into legend. The premise has been done hundreds of times before, though admittedly Jordan got in pretty early. However, this book transcends those simply by its incredible attention to detail in world building and character. Every person in this series is a living, breathing human, and none more so than Rand. Jordan follows the classic 'chosen one' trope, quickly establishing Rand as the dragon reborn. Joined by Mat and Perrin, he avoids the dark creatures that hunt him.
The journey is offset by intense personal battles. Rand has to accept his destiny, Perrin has to face his fears, and Mat struggles with an evil influence. Everything unfolds so organically that you find yourself completely lost in Jordan's world, carried along by culture, growth, and perfect pacing.
His Dark Materials. Pullman's multi award-winning series is as inventive as it is emotional. It sits in a parallel to our world, with references to Oxford college yet beautifully crafted fantastical elements. It starts with Lyra, a young orphan, who, like everyone else, has a daemon. It takes the form of various animals, mirroring the soul of the human and settling into a final form with adulthood. In that single element, Pullman manages to weave a coming of age into the heart of his story.
There's a layered plot of other worlds, child thieves, and polar bears, tied together through the perspective of Lyra.
It's far from predictable, forcing the reader and protagonist to confront their views as she's thrust into dangerous situations. With sparse prose, it describes the growth from a disobedient child to a strong young woman. It's hard to say what makes this series so special, but there's no question that it is just that. It has all the elements of a generic fantasy story an orphan, thieving, an island city.
Yet Lynch manages to tell a story so compelling and fresh that it makes you evaluate your bias for those tropes. Some of that is thanks to the brilliance that is Locke Lamora. The character builds an instant and likable connection with the reader. He's not a particularly nice person; in fact, he's a thief and a liar. Even so, his humor, energy, and loyalty leaving you pining for his next word and wondering what heist he will pull next. Locke's development isn't an easy one, nor is it thrown in your face.
It's a slow build, a realization that things need to change, a need to adapt to circumstances. He struggles his way into legend, building an empire bit by bit through pure resilience. He gets angry, he gets jubilant, and he learns the importance of both. A clever, turning plot runs through those themes, pairing with memorable characters to build an incredible yet unfinished series.
Schools are a common theme in coming of age, be it a magic academy or just a mentor. It's difficult though, to do that in an original way, and Ryan's series offers something fresh.
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Vaelin was given to the Sixth Order at ten years old, a secular group with a penchant for both battle and god. In a blend of high fantasy and excellent storytelling, we learn of Vaelin's journey from a boy to a hardened warrior, with a hint of power beyond comprehension. It's not an easy path, fraught with dangerous trials that are only offset by the loyalty between his peers. This book is regularly compared to The Name of The Wind, and in some ways it's justifiable. Both are told through flashbacks. Both are coming of age stories.
However, Raven Shadow is not about a man who is good at everything, but at a single discipline. Vaelin is not a Mary Sue. He's flawed, and if you didn't like Rothfuss' character, you'll probably like this one. Where his immersion is next-level, Ryan's storms ahead with his intensity. Intricate subplots weave together, atmosphere overwhelms, and you always wonder how it will end. Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne. Staveley's Unhewn Throne series presents an intelligent mash-up of three simultaneous coming of age stories.
Separated for eight years, three royal children must face the fallout of the Emperor's assassination and learn to deal with their complex new duties. It's a simple premise, but it's hard to describe how complex and weaving Stavely manages to make it. Each of the children has a feeling of relatability, trapped by their obligations yet likable and down-to-earth. They present an entirely different viewpoint on the same world the view of a soldier, a monk, and a finance minister. With the touch of a true master, Stavely manipulates these plot threads, expanding some, abandoning others, giving glimpses at a grand design.
Then, with sweeping grandeur, he manages to tie them all together in a rush of revelations and satisfaction. It ends with a real sense of development, the characters undeniably shaped by their roles and experiences. Nobody writes coming of age quite like Garth Nix, and this quickly became clear with Sabriel in In this world, the dead refuse to stay that way, and the Abhorsen are needed to keep them in check.
With her father missing, that job falls down to Sabriel, and she has a lot to learn. Nix writes his female protagonist, not as a whiny girl, or ridiculously strong, but somewhere in between. Sabriel is flawed, yet her worries feel real and acceptable. Her thoughts and motives feel intensely human, as do her sidekicks a magic bound cat and a royal guard that was frozen in time.
Incredible attention to detail transports readers straight into the Old Kingdom, blending zombies, swordplay, and a unique and detailed magic system. Nix is a master of selecting the right information at the right time, forgoing info dumps and forging understanding through action and lyrical prose. As Sabriel grows into her role, the story reaches a dark crescendo of action and emotion.
Though Sanderson's main criticism is a lack of character depth, it's hard to deny the satisfying coming of age stories in Mistborn. The novel describes a classic rags-to-riches story, Vin progressing from street scammer to metal ingesting magician. However, Vin's development and the scope of the story goes much further than that. Sanderson raises many important questions through the protagonist and lets her grow as she comes to her own conclusions. There's an exploration of class, religion, moral ambiguity, and, most importantly, trust.
Rather just presenting a story of powerless to powerful, the author explores how one so exploited can come to form meaningful relationships. While some would be content to leave it there, this tale contains similar progression in other characters. The latter books focus on the growth of Elend from an intellectual to a leader, while a minor character plot explores the quest to find meaning among powerful friends.
These plot arches combine with an incredible magic system, detailed worldbuilding, and intense action sequences to create an easy and entertaining read. Flewelling's series takes place in the medieval country of Skala and presents a near-perfect sword and sorcery experience. It details the growth of Alec, saved from prison by Seregil, a hired thief and member of a secretive group called 'The Watchers'. Flewelling has always written strong characters, and this series is no exception. The bond between the two men is the defining feature of these novels, with Seregil acting as both mentor and friend.
Where Alec is naive, Seregil is sharp and witty, creating a perfect contrast in morals and personality. However, at its base level, Nightrunner is a coming of age story. It's about Alec learning to accept his new profession, but also to trust. He's thrown into a tight-knit group, so ready to accept him that it almost feels suspect. He comes to respect them and believe in himself, meeting wizards, learning, and discovering his sexuality.
Flewelling manages to write bisexual characters while keeping it incredibly natural. There's no dwelling, and if there is a clear message in Alec's growth, it's of loyalty and acceptance. Abercrombie kicked off his Shattered Sea series with the award-winning Half a King , but his second novel approaches true mastery. Half the World picks up many years after the first, featuring some crossover characters but working perfectly as a standalone. Thorn Bathu is the new protagonist, and she presents a familiar dilemma.
She was born to be a warrior, but she was also born female. Though she can train with the rest of the boys, she will never be one of them, and that's only made worse when she's branded a murderer. Abercrombie's foray into YA is a slightly more lighthearted take than his usual taste. But only slightly. Thorn's story is one of failure, learning to accept infallibility, accepting she isn't perfect. There's a deep exploration of morals through Brand, a naive warrior who tries not to kill. It's a divergence from the usual gore and killing off main characters, but that somehow makes it feel more intelligent.
Together, Thorn and Brand must travel the world, convince allies, and start a war. The Deed of Paksenarrion. The Paksenarrion trilogy introduces another female warrior lead, but that doesn't mean its protagonist is ordinary. Paks doesn't start out a strong, brooding hero. She's not particularly intelligent, she doesn't question orders, she doesn't want children. It's loyalty that holds her together, and it's what eventually leads her to change.
The pure scope of Moon's trilogy makes the number of books feel warranted, and that's partly thanks to the huge character development. It's not just a case of sheep farmer to paladin Paks changes right down to her very core. Her morality, psychology, and religion are all influenced by the events in the series, leaving a feeling of real change, rather than an afterthought.
There's a sense of a classic chronicle to the book, a medieval world complete with elves and dwarves. It's high fantasy, but also very clearly an epic adventure. Its battle scenes are littered with Moon's experience as a marine, complete with gory scenes and the ambiguity of hero or tool. A lot of novels on this list are either children's stories or young adult.
While they make for great stories, there are some great coming of age stories that feature very mature content. Primarily, Phedre's Trilogy is a fantasy series. It features a medieval world in Terre d'Ange, a mirror of France. It's complete with angelic powers, myths, and warriors. It also contains some BDSM. In the hands of a novice writer, this could become a Fifty Shades sleaze-fest. And though this is Carey's debut, she's far more subtle than that.
Sexuality is tied into the very fabric of the world, feeling like an extension of it rather than being thrown in randomly. It's a fantasy book first, and a romance one second. Still, Carey realizes that the discovery of sex is an important role in coming of age. She doesn't linger on it unnecessarily, but it does tie naturally into the thread of the story.
We follow Phedre from her roots as a courtesan, where a red mote in her eye makes her undesirable. However, it's more than just a blemish. According to her new patron, it's a mark from the heavens. What follows is an education surpassing her humble beginning. She learns not just language and history but to observe and influence. It's a telling that's epic in scale, stretching across three large books as Phedre uses her knowledge to combat conspiracies and save the ones she loves. Her flawless writing skill brings something really special to the YA genre and won her Newbery Honor in McKinley's country of Damar takes readers away from the popular medieval setting and into a sandy world.
There's stunning detail here, not just in vivid description but the cultures of each group. When Harry is captured by the nomadic Hillfolk, things only get better. Finding she has kelar in her blood, she slowly comes to terms with her heritage and magical ability. She quickly takes to the Hillfolk, feeling at home for the first time with the horses and language.
But there's a war coming from the north, and Harry has a lot of growing up to do before she can face it. She learns to become unbeholden to the wills of others, control her kelar, and become a hero. While some of the books on this list offer a fresh take on the classics, Jim Butcher creates something entirely new. It began on a writer's workshop board during an argument, where he was challenged to write a book out of two central ideas the lost roman legion and Pokmon.
Despite its source material, the result is surprisingly unique. Butcher details a world in which aggressive races are complemented by elemental creatures called furies. Tavi from the rome-like Alera, and at fifteen years old he still can't furycraft. Butcher manages to flip expectations by creating a protagonist who doesn't come into great power. In fact, Tavi seems to be the only one without magic, and for once that makes things more interesting.
As their next door neighbors prepare to declare war, Tavi has to rely on his wits to survive. As the series progresses, he learns his lack of magic doesn't make him worthless, facing emotional turmoil and coming out a strong, well-trained man. Chronicles of Amber. The Amber Chronicles is a complex blend of genres and plot. It starts like a murder mystery, drawing the reader in, then it moves on to a mixture of sci-fi and fantasy. However, while Zelanzy's tension-building goes a long way, it's the character that keeps the reader invested throughout this ten book series. The book is from the perspective of Corwin, a hospitalized amnesiac trying to remember his true identity.
We follow along as he tries to unravel his thoughts with the hard resourcefulness. But then Corwin learns that he's not in his home world but has been banished to shadowland that is earth. More than that, he has a claim to the throne, and his siblings are all too happy to kill him to take it. In an inspiring change, Zelazny details Corwin's growth as he comes to remember little details about himself and his personality changes as a result.
It's a subtle beginning, opening to flood as he both realizes himself and is altered by the events of the series. Throughout it all, he remains intensely lovable, human, and eloquent. The Chronicles of Prydain. Alexander's Wales-inspired epic fantasy offers little in the way of originality when compared to the novels of today. It's a simple tale of Taran, a pig farmer who has always wanted more, and gets more than he's bargained for.
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But as is common in these stories, execution is the key, and this author has it down to a tee. The Chronicles of Prydain is an adventure novel at its core, detailing the fight and journey a band of heroes against evil. There are some incredibly strong characters, from half animals to princesses and soulless warriors.
There's no Mary Sue characters in this book, each defined as much by their flaws as their weaknesses. But that doesn't mean they have no redeemable qualities, and many of their internal journeys are about finding those. Despite this, none of them reach the depth of Taran, which is where Alexander's true mastery shows. He manages to create a feeling of care for the character despite his clumsiness and irritability.
Taran is not a stalwart warrior with no emotion, he's fragile and still learning. Still, he has such a strong presence that Alexander never has to describe his face. Every now and then, a book comes along that reinvigorates your love for a genre. They bring something new to the table unique ideas that prove innovation isn't dead.
Brett's The Warded Man is one of those novels, but it's also much more. In this world, the author creates a feeling of constant tension and danger. Demons skulk in the night, ready to kill anybody caught outside when the sun sets. The only thing that holds them back are wards, but they also confine society to a small area. Arlen believes his people should not trade safety for freedom and seeks to end the threat one and for all. In a society confined both physically and by its thinking, he's an outside thinker.
There's the regular journey from a nobody to a hero, but Brett also gives Arlen a feeling of morality and bravery without a lack of intelligence. Tying it together is a perfect pace that keeps you turning page after page. Before you know it, the word novel is over, and Arlen is almost a man. Most of you will have read it already, some of you will be sick of it, but you can't do a coming of age list without mentioning it. Harry Potter is one of the most influential stories of this generation, and at its heart is a story of growth, friendship, and learning.
The first book presents a typical orphan-to-legend trope as Harry slowly discovers who his parents were and the wizarding world he's been sheltered from. His affinity for magic and thwarting Voldemort quickly turns him into a legend, and his character matures into that role as the series continues.
However, things get more interesting when you consider the other characters in the story. Rowling manages to create incredible depth in every single one of her characters, evolving them organically from book to book. Ron, for example, learns to get over his disdain for Harry's fame, while Hermione ditches the know-it-all attitude and becomes more compassionate. Neville has a great transformation from a clumsy, self-hating child to a competent and loyal resistance leader. The same attention is paid to the story's antagonists. Malfoy begins a spiteful child and progresses into something far more dangerous.
Working in tandem with some truly amazing world building, this character progression makes Harry Potter well worth the praise it receives. The Chronicles of Narnia. At this point, there's very little to be said about Narnia that hasn't been put better already.