Read before you feed.
Each book of the ToA series has a very different theme, and where as the main story is completely appropriate for 13+ (Tales of Atonement), some of the derivative stories are for more seasoned dinners--we mean...mature readers. >:) (City of Atone stories)
With so many genres found within the ToA series: Science-fiction, fantasy, slice of life, high school life, cop drama, historical fiction, and much more, there's bound to be something that stimulates your interests... eventually.
'To make a hero' is an artful story that starts you off on a magical journey through time and space. It draws you in with historical fiction and fantasy, but somehow weaves in aspects of sci-fi in a way that has never been done before.
Mairtin in a young man in medieval Scotland, and we follow his life from a boy; playing with other village children, his twin brother Shane and their new friend, Madelyn. They go on a few childish adventures, even almost dying once, and slowly building their strong ties to one another. Eventually, a few romances are kindled, and all seems to be well in the small village.
Then, war finally comes to their tiny homestead, and Mairtin and his brother decide to go and fight. Through a course of events, Madelyn is kidnapped by a Sorcerer while Mairtin is away, and with the help of their dragon friend, he undergoes a fantastic adventure to win her back. His fathers magical sword in tow, he has many magical mentors along the way in his true end lesson; what it really means to be a hero. The best part is the random sighting of the infamous Time Machine, which promises to be reoccurring in later books.
I must be honest; I've read many books in the fantasy and sci-fi genres. I'm a bit of a boom worm. I have to say, I fell in love with the story, and the characters. Shane was very relate-able, as was Aimil for me. Their characters made me able to see the story, as a whole, as true to life. But Mairtin and Madelyn fed that desire for an old fashioned hero and maiden. But don't sell Madelyn short! She's no shrinking violet! Keeping in line with other strong heroines, she proves that even in medieval times, a woman doesn't need to COMPLETELY be based off of her male love interest. (But, this is medieval times. She does lean on his character heavily. There are promises that this will change in later books, so I'm looking forward to that.) For those of us who need references to understand the basics of a character explination, think if Arwen had the strength of Eowyn (LotR saga), yet had the archery and tenacity of Katness (Hunger Games). I think that gives a decent sum up, but you really need to read her yourself.
As much as I loved Mairtin and his ability to sate my desire for a 'real hero', Shane steals the show with his intelligence, handsome smile, and playful nature. Though his devil may care attitude towards what he should and shouldn't do is, at one point, off-putting, he never does anything that makes you truly dislike his character; only feel sorry for him. But you never feel pity, which I also liked, as it reaffirms his strength.
Any faults the writer has in their painting of a literary world is very much made up for with an immersing tale that they share with us, and I can only hope many more people fall deeply into thier Tales of Atonement. I know I am.
On another note, the pilot is also a good read, but is obviously just that; a pilot. It isn't as well writen, but the differences in story are well worth the read as well. You can get the pilot for only $5 on Ebay, if you look hard enough; and a decent read for $5 is always a good thing.