I've seen Martha Wells at several of the conventions I have attended. So, as I have been telling myself I should do, I picked up one of her books to see what she was about, so to speak. I ended up picking up The Wizard Hunters, book 1 of the Il-Rein trilogy, and was quickly hooked.
Book 1 begins with the best line I've seen yet. From there I was hooked and couldn't let go. By the middle of the book, I was in love with all the characters I'd met and wanted to know everything about them.
Tremaine is thinking about commiting suicide, but wants to make it look like an accident, so she won't inconvinience anyone. Her past has been anything but typical, and she's just had enough. Yet when her guardian comes seeking Arisilde's sphere so they can continue experiments in the one hope they have in the current war, she goes along with him and becomes embroiled despite herself in the efforts to save their world.
Books 2 and 3 are called The Ships of Air and The Gate of Gods. Sped through them with wild abandon. The writing was smooth, and really gets the reader involved. The characters are alive.
She's now on my "must" read list. :)