I bought this for my 12 year old daughter and she was so enthusiastic that I read it myself and thoroughly enjoyed it. It has a fast moving plot and is very pacey. I was hooked by the third chapter. The characters are believable and the Dragons are not what I expected. Not too long, as neither of us like very long books, that suited us fine. I'll give the last word to my daughter - really cool. I love Vlad!