I loved everything about this book. There's a large cast of characters, but each are well-developed and have a complex range of motivations that often put them at odds. The details of the word and its history provide a great backdrop without ever becoming cumbersome. The shifting perspectives between the two main characters allows for plenty of dramatic tension as the reader has access to information that the protagonists don't. The way it comes all together in the end is masterful and satisfying while still leaving room for the sequel.
Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson
tags: adventure, fantasy, romance