This book kicks off one of my all-time favorite series. I think reading the Chronicles of Narnia was the first time I realized what my imagination was truly capable of doing. It's an amazing book! The world-building is superb, the characters are distinct, flawed, and interesting, and the stakes are high. The book take a bit of work for the modern chapter book reader to get into as it's an older, British style of writing, but it's well worth it. What a fabulous adventure!