I really liked this book! Ismae is such an inspiring character that she alone could have made this book. The other characters were great as well and really made you feel for them at times (or just plain hate them). The plot was very intricate and mysterious which I loved. The only draw back I can see is that you almost have to read this in one setting or back to back settings. On one hand an intricate plot is great as you do not get bored but it is also very confusing if you have to put the book down for a while as you can forget important details. I definitely recommend this book!