The book is very enjoyable. Interesting plot although a lot of the things that happen seem to have little to do with James's quest to discover why he was brought to this world and the purpose of the amulet that he is given. I assume that their purpose will pop up in later books of the series. While the writing style of the book flows well, I found it a little distracting that the author has the main character do something then has him tell one of the other characters what he just did. I thought he did a great job of relating how a novice discovers that he can perform magic and gradually learns to control it more and more. I'm already starting Book 2 of the series.
Have just about finished Book 2 in the series. The writing is better than in the first. The style is still a little too much like a role-playing game for my tastes but many young people will like that aspect of it. The author goes into a lot of detail on how the characters make their way through houses or streets which, to me,somewhat gets in the way of the narrative. The author does less of the repetition (characters telling what they are going to do, show them doing it, and having the character tell other characters what they just did) which helps the flow of the story. These stories would probably make good interactive e-novels, where the reader participates in the plot somewhat by helping solve puzzles and getting out of traps. Still interesting as is.