I read this in order to check on what my son was reading. It was recommended Summer Reading by Focus on the Family. This series is very much a page-turner, and has a lot of Biblical parallels. The hero is very likable and the evil is clearly portrayed as such. I couldn't put it down, the story gripped me so much. Lots of plot twists and surprises, (though grownups might be able to see through some of them). Book # 3 begins plot-twisting, and keeps you guessing; some secrets are revealed. Highly recommended for ages 9-14 or so. Younger kids might get scared of some of the characters.
There is not a proper ending. There needs to be a book 4. Both of my kids read this book and they are 9yrs. and 11years old and both of them said to me separately, there should be another book. Hopefully, one will come.