his book in my eyes is a 5 all the way around. It does deserve the rainbow awards it won. Right from the beginning this book is a catcher. The details of things are so good that it made me feel like I was actually living in that day and age. I am a sucker for fantasy books but this one has to be a favorite. The writing is all around solid. It kept my attention from start to finish. I have to give it to Barbara, I love that it's set in the mid-evil days so to feel almost (that is how it felt to me) but then you have an "out" princess that no one questions. Right from the beginning of the book there is no question of her sexuality. I like that we didn't have to guess all the way through out the book on what was going to happen. I also love the twist and turns, the emotional feelings that suck you in and the shocking "oh noes that are displayed through the book.