5 kids? An adventure? Magic? This is so me for many reasons, and that's exactly what i got it. The cover only, promise you a wild adventure.
Steve Westover's writing can be called captivating. The world he created is amazingly described and really alive. The mixing of magic in our world, with native americans, and kids trying to save the "world" was done incredibly well and believable. And that's exactly what hold you into the book. Not that the story, is not good! Is quite interesting actually with many surprises now and there, and twists but the images created by the author were the ones that stayed mostly in my head.
Also, instead of having one kid to handle everything, you have a whole team of teens with everyone be as important as the other. I always prefer stories with more than one characters as protagonists because it feels more real. When someone magical happen, and problems appear it's better for me to have a team of friends than one person. It's more believable on the matter, of how things can be handled, and more close to the reality.
The characters are not extraordinary but are likeable. It's easy for you to see the story through their eyes and i enjoyed how their relationships change. Especially, between Ethan and Jordan, who are brother and sister.
Even though the book seems more appropriate for kids, i enjoyed it. And i think that is an adventure that any adult can read too. It totally reminded me all those old movies, i was watching when younger, with kids running around and having fun through danger and friendship.