I was really looking forward to this book, as a big fan of Patrick Ness, but I have to say I found it a little hard to get into at first (you could say it was a bit of a slow burner -wah wah wah!). Once I had listened for a while though, I found myself more and more drawn into the plot and invested in the characters. It starts in a world very like our own except that the existence of dragons is a fact and fairly commonplace and an (uneasy) alliance exists between dragons and humans. The main characters, including two dragons then jump into our world where dragons formally only existed in legends. This is clever and well done. The book is exciting and the characters are well drawn and the story has aspects of coming of age with child/parent relationships, young love and finding a place in the world as strong themes.