I DEVOURED this book! Right from the start this story grabbed me and held on tight to the end. Rae Carson has an intelligent, compelling writing style with characters that ring so true you'll swear they're about to walk into the room. The title character Elisa, in particular, alternately made me ache with empathy at her struggles and exult with her triumphs. I'm so very eager to pounce on the next book in the series!