I am a big Tamora Pierce fan. I met her books when I was twelve.
Who was my favorite author before Ms. Pierce? None other than Gail Carson Levine. I loved The Wish and Ella Enchanted, but this book. The Two Princess of Bamarre. I adored this books with my little 10-12 year old heart.
I have not read it in years, but still have a fondness for it. The next time I get home from college, I will pick up my old copy. :)