It seems that I am not quite as taken with this book as many others are. This very fast read had me shaking my head from time to time as I tried to imagine Kya's day-to-day life. I also began channelling Gene Stratton-Porter's book 'Girl of the Limberlost' which was one I read way back when I was in Junior Highschool. Both deal with the subject of a young girl growing up in a setting where she essentially raises herself, and both achieve their own success in life. The thread of mystery throughout this story is something of a hook but if you are a mystery buff you will figure out the conclusion about halfway through. It is a good read but not one of my most favourites.