Robin McKinley's Chalice
This is another McKinley that I'd completely missed, but found while looking for my beloved McKinley books on the Kindle store (seriously, where are they? Can't we at least have Beauty?). The premise is way too complicated to explain, but suffice it to say that a young woman is thrust into a position of spiritual/political power and must try and save her land. It's pretty affecting stuff in the end, but I would have liked to have seen more of the world-building/background to the action. B/B+.