For today's mountain pic, thought I'd go a little further afield to New Zealand, where the peaks are indeed just as impressive as they look in the Lord of the Rings movies:
|Peak in the Darran Mountains near Milford Sound|
The Shattering, which is set in a seaside town on the rugged and isolated west coast of New Zealand's South Island. (Very disappointed with the publisher for not portraying this on the cover, especially as the notorious beauty of the town factors quite heavily into the story! Obviously they should have catered to me, and not the desires of the vastly larger YA market. :)
I had some issues with various plot elements but those were well overshadowed by how compelling I found The Shattering's characters. Their friendships and their emotional struggles are very well drawn; the book does an excellent job conveying the different ways people deal with grief and loss. Healey also strikes the right note of creepiness in many of the scenes with supernatural elements. If you enjoy fantasy with contemporary settings, give this one a go.