I love fantasy books but find that in so many of them the plot is transparent and the characters flat. Not true of this one. The plot is a bit transparent but it was fun anyway. The characters are well developed and multi-dimensional and the story was generally well written and hard to put down. I loved the Harry Potter books as everyone did, but I like the interesting way this author gave the characters powers rather than giving them a magic wand like Harry Potter. I know it’s not a completely unique approach, but I liked the way this author handled it. I must say I’m disappointed that there aren’t other fantasy books by him though I certainly hope there will be in the future. I will watch for them and read them whether they are follow-ons to this one or completely different story lines.