SPOILERSTrickster's Choice (Book 1)
by Tamora Pierce
This book was SUCH a struggle. I'm pretty sure I started it before the challenge but I kept buying more interesting books. I ran out of new books so I forced myself to focus.
Aly is the daughter of the King's Sword and his Spy Master and is unsure of what her future will be. She wants adventure but her parents won't allow her to be a spy. Somehow, and I can't remember exactly what happened, she is captured and sold into slavery in another kingdom. Being a smart girl she gets herself beat up before the auctions so she isn't sold for her looks and she must keep her heritage a secret.
Things don't get really interesting until the Balitang's, the noble house she's sold to, are exiled by the paranoid king. Aly would have been sent back to the auctions had it not been for the intervention of the Trickster God. Through him, he has put her in the position to protect the family's children for the summer (and then he would take her home) and throughout the book she tries to figure out what intrigues she has gotten herself rolled up into. There's also a crow who turns into a man in order to help Aly and he's incredibly adorable.