This is an amazing story from this debuting author. Like all fantasy sagas, this one has more adventure and monsters than should be able to be contained in one place, but Ms. Mckernan pulled it off beautifully. This story is one that is sure to catch the reader's attention from the first page and keep the pages turning until the end. There are beautifully detailed illustrations scattered among the pages that really aid in bringing the story to life as well. Ms. Mckernan is lucky to be in league with such rare talent.
While the story is great, it needs quite a bit of work in the editing department. There are punctuation and grammatical errors everywhere, though most of them will not impede the reader's flow; they are seen but won't create a pause in the flow of the story for the most part. On page 444, there's a point-of-view swap. The story, which up until that point was told in third-person, switches to first-person for an entire paragraph for no valid reading. This error may cause a small hiccup to the average reader. All of these errors are quite common to authors who pour their very essence into their world and characters. They should, however, have been caught by an editor as they are in plain sight.
I believe with a little touch up to the editing and proper formatting, this story has the makings to be something the world hasn't seen in a very long time in the fantasy genre. I truly do look forward to the completion and release of the second book in this series.
I give this book 4 of 5 paws due to the amount of errors found.