I am currently reading my way through a long list of science fiction and fantasy titles. (http://www.npr.org/2011/08/07/138938145/science-fiction-and-fantasy-finalists if you are interested in the list).
Ekback writes such atmospheric books--I'd have known this was hers within just a couple of pages, even without her name on the cover.
Since this is her second book, it remains to be seen if she can write in any other style. But she does "looming ominous" really well.