The Never War is the third in the Pendragon series (not the Steven Lawhead Pendragon Series). I liked the first book (it was free on Audible) and was pretty blah about the second. I would have stopped after the second, but there was a sale and it was only $5 and you know how it goes.
I liked the third book more than the second. I thought the plot was a bit tighter, the characters were less stupid and made less really bad decisions.
Maybe it was because the setting was 1930s New York City, but there was a lot less, “Wow, I just couldn’t believe it” dialog that filled the two previous books. (They were both set in other worlds.)
This is a Young Adult series, targeted toward 5th to 8th grade reading levels. And I am listening to it as an audiobook. I am trying not to put too much expectations on it. The main character turns 15 during this book. He is starting to act like a fifteen year old most of the time instead of wildly swinging between 8 and 24. So it is more enjoyable to listen to.
I honestly do not know if I will listen/read any more. If I find them cheap/free I probably will. But it looks like there are at least 5 more in the series and I am just not sure I have that much left to invest in it.
If you are looking for a decent fantasy series for an advanced 5-6th grade reader this is probably good. There is no sex, no language and good content.