After Twilight’s author Stephnie Meyer announced releasing a new book, Harry Potter’s writer, J.K Rowling, also jumped in the line to offer something new to all the book lovers.
Source- Fox News
The author of Harry Potter took to twitter and announced the release of a new book, called “The Ickabog,” which would be available online for free. The book will be released online periodically chapter by chapter from Tuesday.
“I always meant to publish it, but after the last Potter was released I wrote two novels for adults and, after some dithering, decided to put those out next,” Rowling said on Twitter. “Until very recently, the only people who’d heard the story of The Ickabog were my two younger children.”
The first two chapters of the book, King Fred the Fearless and The Ickabog, are already rolled out online for readers, and the release will continue until July 10. Readers can easily access the chapters on a new website called theickabog.com, and it doesn't even require any sort of registration.
If you’re wondering that this book would be The Harry Potter series’ spin-off, then you’re going to get disappointed! Rowling announced in her tweets with a disclaimer stating, “It isn't Harry Potter, and it doesn't include magic. This is an entirely different story!”
“The Ickabog is a story about truth and the abuse of power,” Rowling wrote on her personal website. “To forestall one obvious question: the idea came to me well over a decade ago, so it isn't intended to be read as a response to anything that’s happening in the world right now. The themes are timeless and could apply to any era or any country.”
Rowling plans to pump up the excitement through an artwork competition. In her announcement post, she introduced that Scholastic is running a contest between children, where they are required to submit their artwork based on the story. The best artwork would be chosen as a cover page for the print version of the book due in November 2020. “I’ll be giving suggestions as to what to draw as we go along, but you should let your imagination run wild,” she wrote in her tweets.
Rowling is expected to donate her earnings from the book to organizations “helping the groups most impacted by Covid-19.”