This book is not appropriate for the 12+ age range. More like 17+. The basic plot revolves around orphaned girls who are destined/raised to be wives and concubines to powerful men. Descrriptions of women and men lying naked together, having unwanted pregnancies, groping, unwanted sexual advances, ect are frequent throughout the book. Overall character development is weak. The hero, Kalinda, who is well developed character, is a strong girl who finally stands up to the male dominance on behalf of the entire sexually victimizes female population. That was a positive point of the book. The story had a good plot twist at the end revealing Kalindas true identity. Overall an ok book, but not for younger teens.