Well, I loved this! It was iffy at first (all that talk of the natives) but then Simon, Jane & Barney found a map and their real quest (to find the grail) began. I loved the writing esp. the description of the Cornwall landscape. I loved how fully each kid was characterized. I loved the range of adults. I loved that it felt truly menacing at times. I loved how Arthurian myth was woven into the everyday. So fun! Now to wait for Book 2!