I really enjoyed reading this book. I found it an easy read and I think it is a fantastic book for the age group it is aimed at. It may not appeal to some demographics but I think it is fabulous for a younger reader.
I don't want to spoil any of it for potential readers, but I think it is safe to say that it has everything I would ever have wanted in a fantasy story when I was younger. Pirates, giants, strong female characters and plenty of adventure! I grew to love the world that Richardson has created and as the book went on, became attached to the characters.
It is the first instalment of a series, so in some ways this book was an introduction to the world and the characters as by the end, the story is just beginning and you want to read more. This is one of the reasons that I was attracted to this book, because who doesn't like a good fantasy series!
All in all I would highly recommend this book to the children of my friends and anyone older who, like me still enjoys a children's fantasy book once and a while. I can honestly say I look forward to reading more.