7) The Hallowed Hunt, by Lois McMaster Bujold
Sorry, Potter fans, this is the book I’d been waiting for for ages, and got on publication from Amazon in May – but have only now had time to read it (Anne of course had first crack at it). This is a new book in the world of The Curse of Chalion and Paladin of Souls, with (as far as I could remember) an entirely new set of characters and a slight shift of geographical focus, but the same religious setting of five gods who are very real indeed; in this case there is also an Ancient Curse that has to be lifted. I was worried that it was a bit slow-moving and info-dumping at the start, but once we get the Grand Revelation about one of the central characters it really picks up, and I couldn’t put it down while reading the second half. Bujold’s usual well-rounded characters, including those who would be villains in a lesser author’s book, combined with an intriguing puzzle which is solved with due regard to internal logic. So, I liked it, and it doesn’t really need you to have read either of the previous two.