This is the second book in the Artefact Series. Although I have't read the first book in the series The Obsidian Pebble, the second book was easy to pick up on and catch up quickly. In the first book, they deal with tragic loss, while trying to solve a mystery. The second book picks up on their search for more artefacts, like the ones they originally found in the first book.
The beginning of this book was a bit hard to get into, but I think that's because I hadn't read the first book in the series, but eventually I did catch myself up. So I would recommend that you read the first book in the series but it's not vital.
These books are written for a younger reader, which made this book a breeze to get through, and readers of all ages can enjoy the plot. Not only do the characters have to figure out their bigger conflicts outside of the normal lives they lead, when they are out solving mysteries. They also have average teen issues still getting them in school and at home. It made the characters very realistic and relatable to kids of that age.
What was really great about the characters was their relationship with one anotherIt doesn't matter where the issues arise, this group of friends are there for each other in a way you don't always find at that age. It's good to have a friend(s) that can be there like they are in every situation, just as they are.
Overall I give this book 5/5 for it's magic, adventure, thrill, and mystery aspects that mix and blend well in the plot.