A Reader posted a review at 2009-02-01 01:02:23.
Better than the first book if only because Rowling doesn't spend 200 pages on setting up her world, Chamber of Secrets is a bridge between the agressively youthful style of The Sorcerer's Stone and the darker tomes to come in the series. Harry is a little older and less flummoxed by Wizarding World, but that doesn't mean Rowling is out of tricks to surprise the reader with. One great scene comes early on when Harry and Ron pliot an enchanted flying car to Hogwarts with somewhat disastrous results. The plot structure is nearly identical to that of the first book, but relationships and characters are more fully fleshed out, especially those of Albus Dumbledore and Lord Voldemort (whose appearance here is very eerie and well done).