Prince Dustin and Clara: Secrets of the Black Forest was a very engaging book. I have never read a book that is a retelling of the Nutcracker. Even though this book was a sequel, it can be read as a standalone. The end of each chapter usually had a cliffhanger that left me on the edge of my seat. The author did an amazing job hooking the reader in the story to keep them reading more. I like the fantasy elements, such as the animals could talk. I will definitely buy the first one to read more about this world. I would recommend this book for ages 10 and up.