I didn't know a lot in advance about this one. I'm reading it because I read a favorable review of it's sequel, Samurai, in a review journal. And since I'm always on the look out for 1)fantasies to recommend and 2)books to recommend to boys, this one looked like a winner. (Also, being married to an Englishman, I'm partial to St. George.) So far so good. The book is fast paced and believable with definite crossover YA appeal.