After reading LaFevers' Theodosia Throckmorton series, I was excited to dig into her Nathaniel Fludd books. I was disappointed.
The first book in the series is written on a much lower level than the Theodosia Throckmorton books. I would classify "The Flight of the Phoenix" as a middle reader as opposed to young adult for Theodosia Throckmorton.
Second, the story line just wasn't well developed and I think that should have been more obvious to me as this book was only 140 pages in length compared to 400 pages in each of the four books of the Theodosia Throckmorton series. There were a lot of fun ideas. But, I never felt attached to the action like I did with Theodosia.
LaFevers opens a lot of new questions in the final chapter of the book that should have left me feeling like getting the remaining three books in the series. But, I am just not confident that the ideas will be as well developed as my expectations. Theodosia is a tough act to follow.
3 STARS based on it being a passable middle reader. Less than that based on my expectations.