This is a fantasy story that has a strong female lead who doesn't mess around. She isn't over the top, either. Plenty of times an author will choose a character's role and have them be completely that. Sonya is experienced and driven, but she is not a superhero. Since she is wronged, it is easy to side with her as the good girl and puts us at odds with the bad girl. Sonya isn't a young adult story where she wanders around aimlessly seeking her destiny only to have it shoved down her throat. She does not sit there indecisive wondering what she should do.