4/5; 4 stars; A-I can't believe this is the first Tamora Pierce book I've read. It was an awesome 'sword and scorcery' fantasy story suitable for all ages. I Enjoyed the strong female character as well as the characterization of the various boys in the story. There is a lot of room for growth in the magic system and the different story arcs I can see potential for. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of this series.