The Great: Simple answer? The last half of the book. I liked Ximena from the beginning. However, I didn't fall in love with her until closer to the end. I'm also a huge fan of other characters in the main cast like - Rumi, a healer whose primarily responsible for Ximena while she's in the castillo awaiting her wedding day to the usurper Atoc; Juan Carlos, a witty and kind half Illustrian, half Llacsan guard in Atoc's infantry tasked with guarding her while she's in the castillo; And finally, Suyana, a careful yet kind-hearted maid. They truly brought the story alive!