ROSEMARKED by Livia Blackburne
Rosemarked was a pleasant surprise! I read an ARC without knowing anything about its premise and I really enjoyed it. Although it's not as action-packed as other books in same vein, it makes up for it with the unique dynamic between the two main characters.
Rosemarked centers around Zivah, a promising young healer, and Dineas, a warrior. The Amparan Empire has been gathering strength and to gain information about what's in store for both their peoples, Zivah and Dineas must team up to infiltrate the capital.
The pacing of Rosemarked is slow, but it feels realistic. I look forward to seeing where the second book, Umbertouched, takes the story! Rosemarked comes out on November 7.