Did I like it or didn't I ? I don't know ! It read like a Lemony Snicket book. It's hard for me to feel anything when I don't like any of the characters, none of them. The story was cool, different and had so much to explore but the cast. There were just so unlikable to me I don't really care what happens to them. I don't see me moving on in the series, this was a prequel a look at their youth, maybe they are better when grown ? We'll see, it's unlikely but I might be talked into trying one more book.