I really like the way this books gives us an alternate world to explore and of course the Tolkien tie-in was very nicely done.
I will be honest in that I tended to find the action scenes a bit hard to follow and found myself going back and rereading them to make sure I knew what was going on.
That being said, the world that is created and its joining with our modern one is quite fascinating. The characters and their backgrounds are intriguing and one can certainly relate to the main character.
I will be having my 10-year-old son read this, as he is also a big fan of fantasy novels. I look forward to the sequel.