Stone of Tears/Terry Goodkind. For the 'Fantasy', genre...man,....there's some serious, sobering stuff in this book. I'm liking it a lot though.
I don't generally read fantasy, but came around to it because of the television series, which is visually breathtaking in terms of casting, costume and setting. It got me curious enough to find out whether Goodkind could actually write something that was more than simple escapist material.