I will admit that I bought this mainly because Jim Dale was narrating and I'd enjoyed him so much with the Harry Potter books. This story, though, is..Show More » beautifully written and well-plotted. The characters are well-developed in the best way: you're shown who they are via their actions rather than told. The mythology of this "other London" is realistic in the manner of the best fantasy books. This is a great tale for all ages. (And Jim Dale, as usual, does a bang up job with the voices -- he had me laughing aloud at The Dictionary.)
This is the second title in the series (unfortunately, as of right now Audible doesn't have the first book, Stoneheart) but you don't have to have rea..Show More »d the first book to understand what's going on. Mind you it's better to have read the first one, just not necessary. Jim Dale does his usual fantastic job as Narrator and the story is fast paced and exciting. I found myself wanting to go to London to see the world Fletcher describes! I was so enchanted with this story that I purchased both the audio and hardback versions of both books and am eagerly awaiting the release of the third.
I am an adult in my 30's who is a kid at heart. I love Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Artemis Fowl and the How to Train Your Dragon books among others...Show More » This trilogy is going to be added to those as a favorite of mine. Even though I had an idea of what the end would bring, I was still on pins and needles. Jim Dale is great as always and he adds tension and levity where called for. I would absolutely recommend this.