Half a King/Half the World by Joe Abercrombie
Jo Abercrombie introduces you to his characters, makes you care and then tortures you for the next 200 pages - the swine.
The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
A hugely enjoyable tale of palace intrigue.
A Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Samatar
I've only just started this but already the language has sucked me in a way that I haven't felt since I first picked up a Wizard of Earthsea all those years ago...