Taking its inspiration from the original Three Musketeers, Studdard’s latest novel, featuring a delightfully feisty young heroine is well-crafted and engaging and written with heart and depth. Verónica Espinosa, the oldest daughter of a legendry family with bull-fighting history, is determined to win the top title to keep the family legacy. When an unfortunate incident results in Verónica losing her title, she has no choice but to leave her home and city. But bucking tradition is something Verónica does no matter wherever she goes. Studdard weaves a fascinating tale with unexpected friendships, shifting loyalties, and surprising twists. The story moves at a lightening pace, and Studdard achieves that without sacrificing the character or setting. Verónica is a multi-dimensional powerhouse of a character: she is incredibly courageous and resourceful, endearingly feisty, and realistically imperfect. Studdard’s deftly drawn growth of Veronica buoys her story into a memorable one. The unforeseen twists and unexpected ending keep the pages flying. Set in a magical world filled with unicorns and sorcerers, which vibrates with life despite darkness lurking in shadows, the novel makes for a compelling read in a can’t-put-it-down way. A fast-paced, plot-driven page-turner for fans of YA fantasy.