2/27/13 ** A little too similar to Harry Potter...boy lives in our world, discovers he has magical powers, goes to school, meets fantastical creatures, encounters a school bully, excels at the school sport, defeats evil. However, if you know someone who loved Potter, this is a series worth reading (at least this first volume is).
On another down note, I thought the other child characters were somewhat flat. Interesting that the adults at the school had more personality and characterization.
I did enjoy the inclusion of the Celtic mythology of the Tua de Danaan (I'm sure my spelling is off!) Also, the final 75 pages were riveting. I couldn't put it down.