The cover of this book has a dark, sinister look to it, complete with Dragon in flight across the moonlit sky, so I was aware that this book was fantasy, but apart from that, before picking it up I had no idea what to expect. To begin with, the Author, Michelle Connor, sets the scene beautifully, describing the characters so they instantly become real in your minds eye, literally jumping out of the pages at you. I instantly developed an empathy towards young Aveline, the main character in the book, who is forced to care for her younger brother from a young age, when her Mother dies in childbirth with him. Her Father is an ogre who likes a drink, and is handy with his fists towards his children, but she decides enough is enough, when one night he comes home to announce that she is to be sold into an arranged marriage, to an old, rich landlord, in a deal which has already been agreed, and will see him not have to work again. She takes flight in the dead of night whilst father is sleeping, and thereby starts an epic Journey which sees her meet a Prince, a Dragon, and host of rogues, gathering other children along the way which she takes under her wing.
Set, supposedly in the middle ages, the story has an almost 'Knights of the Round Table' feel to it, and the scenes and surroundings are also described beautifully, with excellent use of vernacular, fitting to the era. The plot is well developed and keeps the reader guessing throughout the whole story, and I think it would be equally enjoyable for both youth and adult readers
All in all, even though its not one that I would have chosen myself, I would happily have given this book five stars, had it not been for the lack of proof reading, resulting in words used in the wrong context, and the odd grammatical errors throughout, which rather spoilt the flow for me, but in spite of this I thoroughly enjoyed it.