As far as fan fiction goes, G. Norman Lippert is at the top of the heap for sheer volume, scope, and creativity despite a few slight weaknesses along the way.

I’ve enjoyed reading all the books of the James Potter series. I felt that the first two JP books characterization was weaker (though still interesting and creative) and that the plot was resolved satisfactorily.

In JP3 (James Potter and the Vault of Destinies), the characters were well developed and the premise of the plot was compelling and complex.

All the promise of the creative and intricate world building fell short at the ending which felt more like an ending of a chapter than a conclusive ending to a book.

The ending was rather abrupt and seemed more like the build-up towards the big climax and I have to admit I felt disappointed because I wanted more from it.

I also felt that the ending was vague and did not resolve or explain the main dilemma satisfactorily which was restoring what is missing and returning certain objects to their rightful place (without giving too much away).

It feels that James Potter and the Vault of Destinies is JP3-Part 1 and an equal length part 2 would be needed to resolve the Vault of Destinies issue comprehensively.

It is actually to Lippert’s credit that he has created such a robust world drawing upon the world Rowling has created, and manages to weave magically elaborate plot in JP3 that it seems that the Vault of Destinies still has a way to go before “The End” and before the next JP book.

If JP4 is created without resolving the Vault of Destinies book, it would leave us hanging since the tradition of the Harry Potter books is that the books are continuing but at the same time self-contained in the sense that they satisfactorily resolve the issue placed in the title.

(c) Niconica 2012

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