Another great YA fantasy to add to the list. Elisa's struggle with her body image, as well as the responsibility that she bears from God for her people, makes for compelling reading. There are very few full-figured YA heroines -- although I can't say that I'm fully satisfied with the way the body image struggle turns out. Still, the events of the story move along quickly, with excellent secondary characters and a nice depth to the entire story. There are a number of other excellent older YA fantasies that I was reminded of while reading this novel: Kristen Cashore's Fire and Graceling come to mind, as does Melina Marchetta's Finnikan of the Rock. More than anything, though, Elisa reminded me quite a bit of Aeryn from Robin McKinley's The Hero and the Crown, one of my favorite fantasies.