Tamora Pierce's Lady Knight
The final book in Pierce's Protector of the Small series is a satisfying conclusion--though it is super grim at times. I really appreciate that Pierce keeps romance on the backburner for the series--it's all very realistic for what Keladry is going through, and I liked the way her feelings on the matter were depicted. It's just so rare in a series of this kind. High five, Tamora Pierce. A/A-.