The Hallowed Hunt by Lois McMaster Bujold From the author of 'The Sharing Knife' series, the 'Vorkosigan Saga' and 'The Spirit Ring' comes this tale of shamanic magic, obsession, love and destiny. A Prince has been slain by a noblewoman. Lord Ingrey kin Wolfcliff is ordered to transport the body for burial and the Lady Ijada to her judgment. With the late Prince's father near death, his crown is in play.
So Ingry and Ijada are just pieces in a game that a monstrous malevolence has been playing for generations. This is a good story that has engaging characters and it comes to a suitably sweeping conclusion involving the damned and the dead.
Best Line: "Talking to the gods had been a much more comfortable proposition when there had seemed no danger of Their talking back."