Originally Posted by HarryT
One I just remembered I also read when I was away on holiday, and thoroughly enjoyed: Brandon Sanderson's "Warbreaker". This is a standalone fantasy and, as with all of Sanderson's books, has an ingenious magic system and strong world-building (which people tend to either love or hate - I very much like it).
I'm glad to hear you liked it, but I am not sure what it is about that book, I have started it twice and still not been able to get beyond the prologue. I normally really like his books (reading The Gathering Storm right now) so I am not sure what it is. Maybe I just need to give it a couple more chapters to get drawn in. I may try again next year.