My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Tyler and Lucinda are dismayed that they have to spend the summer at the farm with their mysterious Uncle Gideon, whom they have never met. But when they arrive at Ordinary Farm, they find it full of mythical beasts and other-worldly people. The secrets go deep, and the past will threaten everyone on the farm, unless Tyler and Lucinda can navigate the mysteries of Ordinary Farm, warding off attack from the outside before it collapses from within.
I liked Tyler and Lucinda a lot, especially because they bicker and tease each other at the beginning, as all good siblings do, and then they have some wonderful character development. I love stories about siblings learning to appreciate each other!
The setting of an amazing farm for mythical beasts is excellently written. Barns full of weird animals, pens for basilisks, feeding times, grazing unicorns, and of course some wild dragons, all make for a fantastic setting.
The plot takes a little while to warm up, but then the secrets start coming out and the mystery heightens, culminating in plenty of action towards the end.
The supporting characters are all weird and secretive and snooping, each with their own history and their own agenda. I was intrigued by the variety of characters, and enjoyed finding out more about each one.