Just finished Blood Song by Anthony Ryan a moment ago. This is the best book I've read in a long time. After I finished Malazan Book of the Fallen I found
One thing in particular to recall with Shadowmarch - it began as an online serial rather than a series of novels so the first is a bit uneven. I thought
Another vote for the Eli Monpress series, as well as the Codex Alera series by Jim Butcher. Also, a second to Dave Duncan's Seventh Sword series...a classic.
For the forthcoming year's best new publications voting thread, does Blood Song qualify? Its first hardcover printing by Ace was in July of 2013, but
Your assertion: ...give up your agency to let him be the decision maker on the issue, like a victimized woman?
No, I'm not giving anything