It is one of those series that has a deceptively simplistic style of writing that is so blatant and obvious about everything. Every little detail is spelt out. Which made for frustrated reading at times. I felt some of the emotional depth was missing in portions, but was pleased by the conclusion. Thought the one romance was very tastefully done, nothing showy or obnoxious, but simply there. Lots of imagination and kids 8-12 should on the whole enjoy. Looking forward to his Beyonders series in 2011.