This was the first book I read on my new Kindle. I have to admit that I picked it because it was free at the time I got it, but now I have finished it I would highly recommend it!
I usually read science fiction, but for a change I also enjoy fantasy and children's books.
This book reminds me of some of Philip Pullman's works for younger readers such as I was a Rat and that really can't be a bad thing!
The story contains many of the standards in fantasy writing, a quest, druids, witches, a dragon, magical rituals and many other things to capture the interest of young enquiring minds.
After reading The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell many years ago I always enjoy seeing variations on the classic "Hero cycle" and this book fits nicely.
One thing that this book has in addition to those more usual themes is a flight back in time to Roman Britain! This I felt was the highlight of the book and very nicely done indeed. I can imagine children who have no interest in history being keen to find out more about the Romans in Britain after reading this book.
If I had any writing skill at all, this would be the sort of book I would have loved to have written.
All in all a very enjoyable read and an impressive first novel!