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).
You know, I still don't really know what to make of Modesitt's very Black & White world. And I find it confusing that Black = Good and White = Bad. Thankfully, the protagonist in this one is realizing that shades of gray are possible, which I am grateful for.