This book is a wonderful tale in the epic battle between good and evil. Nicholas St. North is an dynamic character, and I enjoyed his transformation from swashbuckling thief to honorable (if ill-tempered) gentleman. There's enough excitement and adventure to keep children of all ages engaged in the plot and enough suspense to keep the reader wondering what could possibly happen next. Even reluctant younger readers would find this a hard book to put down once they pick it up, and I'm looking forward to reading more books in this series as they come available. I could also envision this one being turned into a hit movie.