This is a great book by my standards. The main sequencing is a college student who looks to find a room to rent near campus finds himself in the home of a mother who makes dragons out of clay-and they come to life. One thing that bothers me is that there is rather little action, which is something i look for in a book. It is pretty sentence-fluent and colorful, and moves along at a leisurely pace. This is the sort of book you would want to read as a project or just something on the side. I used it as more of a when-i-feel-like-it-i'll-read-some-more or a rainy day sort of book. The character is a little distant despite the many ways you can connect to him, and throughout the series the story seems cloaked in some sort of mysterious thing that makes you feel like you're missing something. 3 and 1/2 stars, its a lazy-day book. I'll hold off on reviews for its brothers for now.