It‘s Tamora Pierce so the book is good. That being said, I was hoping for more. Though generally well-written, the writing is, at times also clunky. The story is engaging & complex but there isn‘t a whole lot of forward momentum. The real strength of the book is the characters—the three main characters in particular though there are also some great secondary characters. I don‘t know if I will continue with the series but I‘m glad I read this one.