This is really well done. I only meant to read a few pages, and looked up a couple hours later when I finished. This is the story of a girl trapped in a terrible situation that grows steadily worse. She is the handmaiden to a defiant princess who is in dire circumstances partly because of something the heroine caused to happen. It all got very suspenseful. Although the characters are very different, the background of living gods reminded me of the books by Lois McMaster Bujold where the gods are very close to our side of the world. The writer created a very vivid and strange world, and I really liked the story.