By Sharon Shinn.
I thought this was much better than The Safe-Keeper's Secret*, which I read before this one arrived.
I want to say this story is like a vignette but I'm not sure I know what that means. It has very few (about three) important characters in it and pretty much concerns itself with the interactions between them over maybe half a year. The fantasy concepts may have been trite, nothing out of the usual, but this short book (novella?) is really more about the characters. I found the ending (and the epilogue) quite touching.
Recommended. It's a fairly short story that shouldn't take long to finish, and I think the relationships and characters make it worth reading.
* I have not posted about The Safe-Keeper's Secret and probably won't; I found it pretty boring, having correctly guessed the secret maybe 30 pages into the book, and not worth recommending.