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We love this series! After reading this book, we have purchased the next book in the series as soon as it was released. We have also bought several copies for friends. One of our favorite books! We love how there are two main characters, one a boy and one a girl, who are different than others in their immediate family and community. There are several themes to explore such as friendship, overcoming obstacles, being true to yourself, learning difficulties/ dyslexia, resilience... the list goes on. The story is captivating with its vivid imagery, character development, and plot. We would recommend to children and adults.
This is to be a present for my granddaughter so I have not read the whole story but the illustrations ( by the author ) are beautiful and it looks as if will capture the imagination of any young person.
I read this to my nearly 6 year olds at bedtime. Luckily they fall asleep quite quickly usually because some of the book does get quite dark and scary. When it does get to that level, the author quickly brings back some humour with the main characters Xar and Wish. It also highlights how old enemies can work together when the young get involved. I wonder when the film will come, based on the is book, it will be on a par with Harry Potter.
Bad: -Too many adverbs -The art was inconsistent and prone to many technical flaws (flat in a bad way, bad perspective and deformation, and the character design wasn't to my taste. A lot of it looked like it was drawn after a quick scour on Google images as the only reference) -At some points it feels more like it's written to cater to parents than children
Good: -Some really cute moments, but not too many -Some nice humor and twists on genre clichés
So far, this book is awesome! Reading currently in progress. Bought for a 12/13 year old girl and she loves it! She has not put the book down which makes a refreshing change to see her holding a book and not an iPad! Excellent! The illustrations and drawings make the story even more exciting. We will be purchasing some more for Christmas gifts, ideal present for 12+
I’ve just read this to my 11 year old grandson and we both enjoyed it very much. Very entertaining story, nice clear characters, plenty of action, and some beautiful passages. Lots of good words. For me it was a better read even than the ‘How to train your dragon’ stories. We’ll definitely read the next stories.
I love this book so much and can't wait to read the sequel. I mean, who can resist a book where one of the characters is an enchanted spoon? Set in Sussex in the Dark Ages, this is a laugh out loud funny, magical adventure.
Wanted to give it a Christmas gift to me friend son. But couldn’t stop my self from reading it as soon as I got my hands on it and now the some pages are crawled up. It’s funny, but the pictures could have been better because it conflicts with my imagination so I don’t look at them at all. Love the story I have to buy the second one