Trickster's Queen, by Tamora Pierce
I periodically like to return to my favorite young adult fantasy author, Tamora Pierce, and it is always such a great pleasure. This is the sequel to "Trickster's Choice," a novel about Aly, the daughter of Pierce's first wonderful protagonist, Alanna of Trebond. Aly is just like her father, one of Tortall's spymasters, and she uses her skills and knowledge to great effect in the Kyprish Isles, trying to win back the country for the native raka and their cunning god, the Trickster. The plot is great fun and fast-moving, the characters are wonderful to follow, and Pierce's writing is, as usual, light, funny, and moving. I never tire of reading and rereading her books, and I hope she never stops writing them.