I can't remember when I read this for the first time, but it was several years ago. Back then I loved the book. I still really like it now.
The book is about Mara, who is a slave girl who seems to have another destiny. She meets 2 people that end up changing her life. These 2 people happen to be on opposing side even if they don't know it, and Mara becomes a double spy.
It's always nice to read a book about a smart girl, who can hold her own, and has some wits. In this aspect Mara is great! She's not looking for anyone to rescue her and always manages to get out of tough spots by herself. Seeing that girl evolve from trusting no one to opening up to others is one of the book's enjoyments.
The book can get a bit corny, but then again it goes with the genre.
As with her other books, the author gets you invested in the characters, who really were interesting.
This book will always have a sentimental value because it was one of early favorite books.