by C.J. Cherryh
Most fantasy novels have some amount of magic and this is no exception, depending on your perspective and interpretation of events. Though, in fact, it may be that the only fantastic thing about this novel is its setting. Either way, it’s a fascinating book that carries echoes of Ursula LeGuin’s Earthsea and Jessica Amanda Salmonson’s Tomoe Gozen books than anything. It’s rare to find a book this degree of nuance.