I loved this book. What struck it about me right away was how the chapters were laid out and explained in the Table of Contents. That reminded me of the style of really old books and made me even more interested in the story. I found the story easy-to-read and fun. However, one of the main problems with the book is that it takes entirely too long to get to the main story of the book. I almost lost interest before the author got there. While I wasn't a big fan of the characters in the beginning, they grew on me.