(Descriptions from Goodreads)
On Jeroun, there is no question as to whether God exists—only what his intentions are.
Under the looming judgment of Adrash and his ultimate weapon—a string of spinning spheres beside the moon known as The Needle—warring factions of white and black suits prove their opposition to the orbiting god with the great fighting tournament of Danoor, on the far side of Jeroun’s only inhabitable continent.
Wolfhound Century by Peter Higgins, reviews at Bookworm Blues, Fantasy Faction, Fantasy Literature & My Bookish Ways
Investigator Vissarion Lom has been summoned to the capital in order to catch a terrorist --- and ordered to report directly to the head of the secret police. A totalitarian state, worn down by an endless war, must be seen to crush home-grown insurgents with an iron fist. But Lom discovers Mirgorod to be more corrupted than he imagined: a murky world of secret police and revolutionaries, cabaret clubs and doomed artists.
Lom has been chosen because he is an outsider, not involved in the struggle for power within the party. And because of the sliver of angel stone implanted in his head.
I have listed these titles in earlier SSS posts: check out my SSS Books Page for links to more reviews:
Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger, review at New, Borrowed, Used
A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan, review at A Dribble of Ink
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, review at Fantasy Book Critic
Throne of Glass by Sara J. Maas, review at Gone With the Words
Robin Hobb at Fantasy Faction (Part 2)
Guy Gavrial Kay at Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist