Watersmeet by Ellen Jensen Abbott.
From her birth, Abisina has been outcast—for the color of her eyes and skin, and for her lack of a father. Only her mother’s status as the village healer has kept her safe. But when a mythic leader arrives, Abisina’s life is ripped apart. She escapes alone to try to find the father and the home she has never known. In a world of extremes, from the deepest prejudice to the greatest bonds of duty and loyalty, Abisina must find her own way and decide where her true hope lies.
Catching up before my least favorite meeting of the week: TA meeting (dun dun duhhhn). Anyhow, this book was my little bait for getting through with grading papers (which is absolutely the most mind-numbing chore ever!). It was a very fun read, in a Lord of the Rings kind of way. I enjoyed it, but did feel there was something lacking in the main character, Abisina. I'm not sure if it's because the story is told in 3rd person, which I'm not really a fan of, but I did feel like I was just glossing over the surface of who she was for most of the book. Either that, or I just couldn't identify with her much, especially with a strong father-figure there, which is foreign to me. At any rate, I loved Haret, who was very Gimli-like, and he's one of my fav's from LotR. I will certainly pick up any other books Abbott writes, as she is quite good at world-building!