I really enjoyed The Tale of Cloran Hastings because it was adventurous, exciting, sad, and surprising. One part I really liked that made it exciting was when Cloran and his crew were attacked by man-wraiths and had to fight their way out of their predicament. One thing I didn’t enjoy so much was that, even though this was book one, it felt like there was more to the story before this; it just kind of jumped right into the story. Also, at the end, it left me hanging. I would be really sad if the author didn’t make a sequel. Overall though, this book was a real page-turner; I just couldn’t put it down. I would recommend this book for ages 11 and up because there was some death, blood, and other mature content.