**** out of 5
What a truly awesome book! I read it start to finish in 1.5 days and it quickly became a favourite when the author got into his stride.
There are a couple of typo's at the start and a couple of swear words about half way through but they just add to the character of the book.
This is the first in a series and I can't wait to read the next book.
It's fantasy, just gentle fantasy and a great introduction for 9-12 year olds who want to read something different to their usual genre. Just be aware that you won't get your head out of the book after the first couple of chapters!
A definite must-read from me! I'm only knocking off the star because of the first couple of chapters being slow to start and introducing characters that are only mentioned in passing throughout the rest of the book and because of the two swear words, but if you can put those to one side then this is definitely a must-read!