I sometimes enjoy fiction for children more than adult fiction, and this is certainly a marvellous example. Having failed to become immersed in Terry Pratchett's Discworld, which is just too clever for its own good, I was a bit apprehensive about another new fantasy world, but this book is a gem. I can't quite work out what makes it so different, except perhaps Andrew Peterson's use of words. I was not surprised to find out that he is a song writer.
The Iggiby family (that's the only problem with audio books - you can't see how things are spelled!) are brave and funny and adventurous, there is just the right amount of fear and excitement, and although I guessed one of the mysteries before the end, there is still plenty to look forward to in the next book. The other characters and creatures are beautifully illustrated, and the whole world feels real and believable. And special mention for the excellent Pete the Sockman, and the lovely voice of the narrator Peter Sandon.