I generally read classic fiction and nonfiction but every once in a while I pick up some light reading.
I would definitely put Trials of Artemis in the column of very light reading. I think London has a great idea for a story but it is in need of a good editor. Both main characters speak in the first person which leaves little tension in the story line. There are definitely historical inaccuracies. And the characters need better development.
BUT . . .
What I am describing is for a serious novel.
Trials of Artemis is definitely not serious which makes it an excellent light read. I love the whole story of the inception of the Haberdashers, a boys club formed by three young ladies who know that boys have more fun than girls. Now that is a story I would like to read. And it would allow the author to develop the characters more before turning them into adults.
SO . . .
Read this book with your feet up and a lovely cup of tea on a cold winter's night . . . its okay not to read great literature all the time . . . a guilty pleasure.
And if you enjoy it, there are several more books in the series.