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Despite featuring one of the most obvious instances of irony I can think of (Jant dismisses Lightning's declaration of tragic love as dramatic nonsense, before immediately falling in love), Above the Snowline is a rather lovely novel.
A prequel to In the Year of Our War, this story features Jant, the winged immortal, tasked with travelling to Darkling, one of the Fourlands, to mediate a dispute between the Awians (essentially winged, but flightless people) and the Rhydanne (cat-like people). Jant just happens to be a mongrel of both races and has a distinct hatred of the Rhydanne because of how they cast him out because of his Awian attributes. Yet all it takes is one pretty face and determined spirit for Jant to fall in love, and that comes in the form of the widowed Shira Dellin who petitions the Emperor for aid when the Awians in Darkling steal the hunting grounds of the Rhydanne.
It's a charged situation, complicated by the fact that the governor of the area, Raven, has other plans in mind and sees the Rhydanne as less than human.
And the tragedy unfolds.
There's less humour in this story and more politics than usual but it is a page-turner and well worth reading.