I do suggest reading the first book first. Personally I thought that the first WhipEye book was better because it had more action and was a little more interesting. The first book also had a more satisfying ending. My favorite characters are Samantha and Jake because they are both very brave. I felt as if the story line was dragging a bit. Sometimes it hooked me in and sometimes it got a little boring, but it was still a very good book. I recommend this book for nine to fourteen year olds looking for a fantasy.