Just finished reading my first book for pleasure in a looooong while. I think the last one was The Book Thief (absolutely amazing book, by the way, and I can't express how highly I recommend it. Ironically, I read it right after getting back from Germany *headdesk*), and I bought that winter of 2009. Yeesh. School took over my life for a while, and then my horrible job, and then an even more brutal year, what with classes, my OCD spiking, getting a new med added, all that fun stuff. But this summer it looks like I'll just be interning, so it's a bit more relaxed.
Anyway, the new book is Innocent Mage by Karen Miller. I finished it after three or four days and I really liked it. In fact, I finished it today and went straight out to buy the sequel Awakened Mage (apparently outside the US/UK it's known as Innocence Lost). Already I'm 70 or so pages in, only going to sleep now because my eyes are crossing. Apparently my B12 is very low, meaning I got yelled at over email by one of my doctors /o\. Sadness. Innocent Mage focuses on the characters of Asher and Gar, along with a host of supporting and periphery characters. Two races of people, one magical and one not, try to coexist peacefully within a kingdom after the magical race fled a bloody tyranny and conquered the land. Now, the non-magical race is subservient, but there is a host of people who wait for one of theirs to come and fulfill a prophecy that heralds the Final Days. Asher, a fisherman, meets Gar, prince of the kingdom, and the two form an unlikely friendship that crosses race and culture to rival that of brothers. With the Final Days coming, it will be all that they can count on.
That above is my own summary, because I know some of my followers are interested in fantasy. It's pretty well written, though I can't judge much from the sequel since I've just started. I know that I've come to love most of the characters and have a deep attachment now to Gar and Asher. I also like the woman slated for the love interest roll, even when her flaws make me grit my teeth and hurt my jaw. None of the characters are written as perfect, she exposes flaws and virtues in all of them and creates a very rich cast with a very rich historical backdrop. Personally, I'm very excited to get through this book :). After, I think I'll start on either American Gods by Neil Gaiman or The Plot Against America by Phillip Roth.