Having known Herbie Brennan for some years and being a firm fan of his non-fiction works on esoteric subjects, I was a little nervous about reading his YA fantasy works in case they were a disappointment.
I need not have worried because from its opening I found this novel delightful and a very promising start to the series. It is reminiscent of the old style of British fantasy novels for younger readers in which an ordinary boy (Henry) becomes involved in extraordinary events.
There is a lot of humour in the novel and sensitivity to various issues. Also, a strong cast of memorable characters. I also liked the way in which Henry's life was not only complicated by the intrusion of Faerie but by his parent's marital troubles and his problems with his younger sister.
So a big thumbs up and I am going to move on to 'The Purple Emperor' straight away.