The Grave Thief
In 2007 I discovered a number of new authors that I had previously missed - Joe Abercrombie and Tom Lloyd being two of the best of them.
Abercrombie has a real edge of realism, and lashings of Dark humour, whilst the Tom Lloyd books are pure epic fantsay with strong characters and an ever deepening plot.
The Grave thief picks up from Book 2 "The Twighlight Reign" and continues the story from the destruction of Scree, which has left many scars, physical and emotional on a large portion of the characters. This is by far the darkest of the three books to date with more prominence given to the darker characters, their plots and schemes and the widening effect of their actions on the world.
The Grave Thief in my opinion is the most accomplished of the 3 books Tom Loyd has written and those who have read parts 1 and 2 of this series will only be delighted with the Grave Thief. The book sets up the final installments perfectly and is a seriously hard book to put down, such is the pace of events and the involving nature of all the characters and plots.
I would recommend this series of books to any fan of the fantasty genre - or anyone who wants a meaty series of books which are heavilly chracter driven.