Female Fantasy Authors, November 2012
If you don't know who Fiona McIntosh is, shame on you. While she's gaining accolades in Australia she's still looking for the lit fuse to hit the powder keg here in the States. With three series currently available here (The Quickening, Percheron, Valisar), McIntosh has found a way to shrink epic feel into three books, which means no waiting around for nine years to get to book seven. Another key is that all three of these trilogies are expressly different in setting and tone, yet if you pay attention you can see that they all occur within the same universe. Her pace is quick, her characters are likable and/or revolting (as necessary), and her stories absolutely reward you for giving them your time.