by Sarah Beth Durst
Why It Caught My Attention:
- A heroine who isn't perfect. Liyana was expected to be the vessel for her tribe's rain goddess...but the goddess never shows. Angry, her people abandon her to the desert, where she will learn how wrong they were...
- Not your typical Western European-influenced culture. Don't get me wrong: I still love Game of Thrones, but it's nice to see more fantasy books breaking out of the stately Tolkein mold.
- Features a trickster god. I love tricksters, and any characters who talk in riddles and generally confuse the protagonist.
Eon by Alison Goodman
Two-part fantasy series set in feudal China, which features the Chinese Zodiac as elemental dragons who can renew or destroy the earth.
The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa
Wildefire by Karsten Knight