This is almost a Danish Children's Classic. It's been so long sine I read this book that all I can remember is Dina's "eyes of shame."
The setting gives me a medieval feeling, which is part of what I like. It helps simplify the story, because there's no technology to consider. It's all action. And the plot is very actionpacked, it's filled with dragons, supernatural things and how you treat people. It'll also make for a great read aloud-story. It's absolutely beautiful!
The characters are so simple, which goes very well with this simple children's story. The characters end up being your friends along the way.