Badly written. A very wooden attempt to morph the usual magic scholar and cinderella into an appealing heroine. This book is not even close to having a finished feel about it. Development is fast tracked and predictable. The story telling leaves a lot to be desired. I mention this because the book comes recommended by Tamora Pierce and Robin Hobb and I have to wonder if they even read this book that's how far apart the quality of the writing is from their works. I am tired of seeing great writers lend their clout to second and third rate authors. Either be truthful in your reviews or leave it to the public/audience to make up their own mind.