Recently I’ve been doing some research in the fantasy genre and one of the books I’ve read is Warrior Mage, by Lindsay Buroker, the first book in her Chains of Honor series.
This book is about a guy named Yanko White Fox, who is a mage who has an affinity for earth magic and can also communicate with animals. He receives a message from the leader of his nation putting him on a quest to save his people, though he faces plenty of challenges along the way.
It is a very well-written fantasy novel, with great worldbuilding, interesting characters, and some pretty good action as well. My only complaint is that the protagonist sometimes was too whiny for my tastes, but he is young and will probably develop into a less whiny character in later books (though I don’t know for sure, since I haven’t read them yet).
I highly recommend the book to anyone who enjoys fantasy, particularly if you like non-medieval fantasy. And at 99 cents for the Kindle edition (which you can buy here), there’s really no reason not to pick up a copy if it looks interesting to you.