I was immediately drawn to Ismae, she is the kind of female lead that makes you want to keep reading. She is strong, loyal, and independent enough to do what she knows is right. She is trained to kill, and she does but she also respects truth and honesty. She also learns to love. Duval is a mystery right from the beginning. When Ismae is sent to court with him, she cannot figure out if he is really who he says he is. Duval claims his loyalty to the duchess but information she has received from her convent may prove otherwise. Ismae's personal strength is shown as she goes on her own quest for the truth.
I loved that Robin LaFevers kept me guessing throughout the novel. Every time I thought I had figured out the traitor to the duchess, there was another twist. I'm glad I felt the story play out through Ismae's eyes, I never felt like I was waiting for the story to catch up with me.
I am excited to see how this series plays out. I cannot wait for the second book!