6/10 This book would be an 8 if the childish stupidity were edited out. The story is interesting and the characters are very well written. The problem is there are basic logic and plot holes big enough to drive a truck through. I despise stories that require main characters to make blatantly dumb decisions to create the conflict or obstacles to overcome. Veteran warriors and seasoned travelers don't make basic tactical blunders. The relationships between the different characters is shallow and artificial. The two kids don't know each other very well and never really had much chance to interact with each other, they don't seem to get along very well or think very highly of each other but supposedly they are best friends. Many of the other interactions and relationships seemed a little contrived but it's not too bad and the characters are all fleshed out pretty well. The main thing is I cared about the characters and what was happening to them even if it was rather annoying at times. It's good enough that I'm jumping right into book two after finishing this one.