This is an off-the-shelf AD&D adventure, with the names (barely) filed off. If you like that sort of thing, it's a decent story and Elizabeth Moon's writing is better than average. But it's basically about a sheepfarmer's daughter (duh) who joins a mercenary company and becomes a fighter, and the whole book is about her training and her first few military campaigns. There's only a little bit of magic, but it's obvious Paksenarrion is destined to become a paladin. Although I'm slightly curious to see how she progresses, it's kind of the same curiosity that makes you want to keep playing an RPG with a character who's just numbers on paper to you -- it would be nice to see her level up and acquire some new abilities, but there's no real emotional investment in it.