Tamora Pierce's Squire
The third book in Pierce's Protector of the Small series is great, just great! I was totally crying from sheer joy (and a little bit of sappiness) at the end. Pierce doesn't shy away from the horror and darkness of war, particularly now that protagonist Keladry is a young adult, but there is also still plenty of the girl-power awesomeness of the first two. I am so grateful that the library added this series, as I had no idea it existed and it's really fun and satisfying. A/A-.