I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. I just wanted a fun, easy read after my last couple books that were a bit heavy, and this hit the spot from the start. The world created wad interesting and the characters fun. Though some of them were a bit predictable and heavy- handed. The bird started to grate. And Gerald was a tad to dense sometimes...wanted to hit him.But overall, I think a good job was done building the mystery and danger chapter by chapter. There were some hints given early as to the real danger. At first I thought it would be all magic, fun and jokes...but then things took a nasty twist and it made the book a lot deeper. It was quite exciting. overall...it was a good, fun read for people that like magic, adventure, joked and some dragons.