Finally during these holidays I found time(!) to do so. I am glad I did. As with the previous book by the same author"Coraline" I found this one hard to put down.
In both the author's use of words is a delight! I don't have Coraline with me to quote but the opening chapter of that just begs to be read aloud,even if you only read it to yourself!! And both Master 9 and 13 have had it read to them. However I am still uncertain whether Master 13 should read the rest of that title and I certainly don't intend to recommend it to Master 9 until he is considerably older...it is just too darn scarey!
For this is a book about heroes, about counting the cost and being willing to pay the cost if its called for, about honorable acts and loyalty to ones friends. In short it is one of the most absorbing book for older children I have read for a long time. But don't just take my word for it,read it yourself and then please come back and leave a comment!