Erika Johansen's The Queen of the Tearling
The third Tearling book comes out next month, so I wanted to reread the first two so everything would be fresh in my mind. For some reason, though, I wasn't in a rush; this book is long and I was like, what if it's not even as good as I remember? BUT IT IS! It's just really compelling! I don't know that Johansen is doing anything particularly new with this first volume, but she tells a story really well. Content warning that although I would not say the /book/ is rapey, the /society in the book/ is rapey, so there are a fair number of mentions of rape. But it isn't described in detail or anything.