Monday, September 21, 2009
Zira is an orphan who is raised by the people called the Ruan. She is raised to be a warrior priestess, an expert in weapons and combat. When the temple where she lives is attacked by the ruling Sedorne, Zira discovers that she is the last heir to the empire, the daughter of a Ruan and a Sedorne. The choices she must make are difficult and she must figure out a way to protect her people.
This book immediately opens with an action sequence, which pulled me in and kept me reading. I definitely had my favorite characters, with Zira's adoptive "mother" being one of them. I have a thing for books that described meals, and this book had some really awesome descriptions of food. Made me very hungry. Overall, this is a great fantasy with a really strong female lead and a lot to say about differences in culture and religion.
If you are a fan of Tamora Pierce, Robin McKinley, or John Flanagan, you should definitely read this book!
This book is on YALSA's top 10 nominee 2009 books for teens. You can see the list of nominees here. During August 25 through September 18 you can vote on your favorite and help create YALSA's next top 10 list!